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“All yet seems well…”

All’s Well That Ends Well Act Five, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ——————————– To conclude our examination of this most problematic of plays, All’s Well That Ends Well, I’d like to start with this from A.D. Nuttall’s Shakespeare The Thinker, … Continue reading

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“If she, my liege, can make me know this clearly/I’ll love her dearly, ever, ever, dearly.”

All’s Well That Ends Well Act Five, Part One By Dennis Abrams —————————— Act Five:  Bertram returns to France and is pardoned by the King. When he offers an engagement ring for Lafew’s daughter, however, the King recognizes it as … Continue reading

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“Fundamentally, we seem to misunderstand “All’s Well That Ends Well,” from Samuel Johnson, master of all Shakespeare critics, down to the present.”

Introduction to All’s Well That Ends Well By Dennis Abrams —————— On the surface, it’s a simple tale of a poor physician’s daughter who finds her prince and succeeds in marrying him, but exposed along the way is the realization … Continue reading

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“I do not know any other eminent work of Western literature that is nearly as nihilistic as ‘Measure for Measure’, a comedy that destroys comedy.”

Measure for Measure Act Five By Dennis Abrams ———————————————- Act Five:  At the city gates, the Duke (no longer in his Friar disguise) meets Escalus and Angelo.  Isabella is brought before him – unaware that he and the friar are … Continue reading

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“I will not consent to die this day, that’s certain.”

Measure for Measure Act Four By Dennis Abrams ————————————- Act Four:  The bed-trick (naturally) works, but the Duke learns that Angelo has failed to keep his side of the bargain:  Claudio still faces execution. Invoking the Duke’s authority, he persuades … Continue reading

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“Thou hast nor youth, nor age,/But as it were an after-dinner’s sleep/Dreaming on both.”

Measure for Measure Act Three By Dennis Abrams ——————————- Act Three:  The Duke (still in disguise) visits Claudio to prepare him for death. Isabella arrives at the prison, and reluctantly tells her brother about Angelo’s proposition. But when he begs … Continue reading

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“Say what you can, my false o’erweighs your true.”

Measure for Measure Act Two By Dennis Abrams ———————————- Act Two:  The practical problems of Angelo’s puritanical clampdown are exposed when the doltish constable Elbow attempts to have Pompey and Froth tried for corrupting his wife. Isabella is then brought … Continue reading

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