The Two Gentlemen of Verona

The Two Gentlemen of Verona The Two Gentlemen of Verona is commonly agreed to be Shakespeare s first comedy and probably his first play A comedy built around the confusions of doubling cross dressing and identity it is also

  • Title: The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • Author: William Shakespeare William Carroll
  • ISBN: 9781903436950
  • Page: 137
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Two Gentlemen of Verona is commonly agreed to be Shakespeare s first comedy, and probably his first play A comedy built around the confusions of doubling, cross dressing, and identity, it is also a play about the ideal of male friendship and what happens to those friendships when men fall in love.William Carroll s engaging introduction focuses on the traditions and soThe Two Gentlemen of Verona is commonly agreed to be Shakespeare s first comedy, and probably his first play A comedy built around the confusions of doubling, cross dressing, and identity, it is also a play about the ideal of male friendship and what happens to those friendships when men fall in love.William Carroll s engaging introduction focuses on the traditions and sources that stand behind the play and explores Shakespeare s unique and bold treatment of them Carroll first explores the early modern discourse of male friendship and relates it to the play s unsettling ending Special attention is given to the strong female figure of Julia and the controversial final scene He goes on to discuss various other relevant topics the influence of the Prodigal Son story on the play, the problem of using a boy in drag for the first time in a Shakespearean comedy to depict Julia, and Shakespeare s debt to Ovid and John Lyly in using the theme of metamorphosis Next, the editor explores the use of letters the portrayal and breed of Crab, the play s infamous dog the complex geography of the story and the play s dramaturgy Carroll concludes with an extensive look at the play s theatrical and critical afterlife, and a discussion of the original text and date This edition of The Two Gentlemen of Verona also includes one appendix a casting chart , and a list of abbreviations and references.The Arden Shakespeare has developed a reputation as the pre eminent critical edition of Shakespeare for its exceptional scholarship, reflected in the thoroughness of each volume An introduction comprehensively contextualizes the play, chronicling the history and culture that surrounded and influenced Shakespeare at the time of its writing and performance, and closely surveying critical approaches to the work Detailed appendices address problems like dating and casting, and analyze the differing Quarto and Folio sources A full commentary by one or of the play s foremost contemporary scholars illuminates the text, glossing unfamiliar terms and drawing from an abundance of research and expertise to explain allusions and significant background information Highly informative and accessible, Arden offers the fullest experience of Shakespeare available to a reader.

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      William Shakespeare baptised 26 April 1564 was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world s pre eminent dramatist He is often called England s national poet and the Bard of Avon or simply The Bard His surviving works consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems His plays have been translated into every major living language, and are performed often than those of any other playwright.Shakespeare was born and raised in Stratford upon Avon Scholars believe that he died on his fifty second birthday, coinciding with St George s Day.At the age of 18 he married Anne Hathaway, who bore him three children Susanna, and twins Hamnet and Judith Between 1585 and 1592 he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part owner of the playing company the Lord Chamberlain s Men, later known as the King s Men He appears to have retired to Stratford around 1613, where he died three years later Few records of Shakespeare s private life survive, and there has been considerable speculation about such matters as his sexuality, religious beliefs, and whether the works attributed to him were written by others.Shakespeare produced most of his known work between 1590 and 1613 His early plays were mainly comedies and histories, genres he raised to the peak of sophistication and artistry by the end of the sixteenth century Next he wrote mainly tragedies until about 1608, including Hamlet, King Lear, and Macbeth, considered some of the finest examples in the English language In his last phase, he wrote tragicomedies, also known as romances, and collaborated with other playwrights Many of his plays were published in editions of varying quality and accuracy during his lifetime, and in 1623, two of his former theatrical colleagues published the First Folio, a collected edition of his dramatic works that included all but two of the plays now recognised as Shakespeare s.Shakespeare was a respected poet and playwright in his own day, but his reputation did not rise to its present heights until the nineteenth century The Romantics, in particular, acclaimed Shakespeare s genius, and the Victorians hero worshipped Shakespeare with a reverence that George Bernard Shaw called bardolatry In the twentieth century, his work was repeatedly adopted and rediscovered by new movements in scholarship and performance His plays remain highly popular today and are consistently performed and reinterpreted in diverse cultural and political contexts throughout the world.According to historians, Shakespeare wrote 37 plays and 154 sonnets throughout the span of his life Shakespeare s writing average was 1.5 plays a year since he first started writing in 1589 There have been plays and sonnets attributed to Shakespeare that were not authentically written by the great master of language and literature.

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    1. Early in Two Gentlemen of Verona, a character refers to a "shallow tale of deep love," but the play he himself inhabits is something worse, at least where the affection of these two gentlemen are concerned: it is a shallow tale of shallow love. Proteus shifts his love from one woman to another as quickly as he changes cities, and Valentine is prepared to give up the woman he loves to his friend Proteus, a person who has betrayed his trust and threatened his beloved with rape, all because Proteus [...]


    2. Metamorphoses in love and friendship, and a dog called CrabShakespeare’s first play, a comedy on friendship, love, deception and character change, shows the wit and humour, the funny dialogues and fast-paced, two-faced action that will soon crown him the uncontested king of drama. With the forgiving, unifying prospect of a double marriage after dramatic conflict, “one feast, one house, one mutual happiness”, it has a catchy, sweet happy ending.What will stay with me from this reading, apar [...]


    3. The Two Cads of VeronaWill’s first tentative venture - and it tells a lot about the play that one of the reasons it is considered so is precisely because of the quality of the play! The critics just couldn’t imagine that Shakespeare would stumble and stoop and be so clumsy once he knew his way around the theater. What can I say, it was cute. Yup, cute, if I should leave it at that, and more if I need notFriendship, Betrayal, Love, Displacement and finally Reconciliation: these themes are pre [...]



    4. This one was promising when it started out. The premise is essentially: two overprivileged self-centered teenage boys (Valentine and Proteus) go on study abroad. They are of course polar opposite best friends, natch, with very silly personal servants to comment on their even sillier masters' actions. One of them is a believer in the Power of Love and wants to stay home with the lady he SWOONS, he DIES for (for awhile anyway.), the other one doesn't believe in love and wants to go off adventuring [...]


    5. 1/5 StarsYeah no thank you. I had to read this in my Shakespeare class this week, and let me tell you, as Shakespeare's first play, it's not his best. Midsummer's Night Dream is far better, and I would recommend anyone read that (if you want to read something by Shakespeare).Otherwise, this wasn't too good. Though there was one part that made me laugh - but that was it.


    6. This is probably one of, if not my least favourite of Shakespeare's plays I've read thus far. I don't know if it was the storyline or the characters, but something about it just was not enjoyable for me.


    7. "That man that hath a tongue, I say is no man,If with his tongue he cannot win a woman.-- William Shakespeare, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Act III, Scene IThe first play in my First Folio journey is 'The Two Gentlemen of Verona'. The Bard is often held up as a genius when writing about human nature. This, his first play, has its moments and certainly its characters, but the ending especially shows that Shakespeare's brilliance came line-upon-line and not all at once. The ending seemed too much [...]


    8. This had the humour and brilliance of writing that I'd expect from Shakespeare. It surpassed my expectations, as I never hear this play mentioned very much. Perhaps it suffers from that one short, grim scene, where Proteus reveals himself at his worst. Although it's probably more the last act feeling like it's being played in fast forward. A great play, not quite developed enough, with a too rushed ending. Oh how lucky we are, that there was so much more to come.


    9. Proteus (center) engages the Duke (left) and Thurio (right) in philosophical musings about the merits of bejeweled codpieces, roofies, and girls who cross-dress: Hot or Not? Not pictured: Valentine a.k.a The Wing Man.


    10. I should start by saying that I am not, in general, a Shakespeare fan. I've read a few of his plays in high school and college, but I have never just read one on my own time. A friend landed the role of Valentine in a Chesapeake Shakespeare Company production, though, and I decided to read the play before showing up in the audience to support my friend (I had a disastrous trip to a Shakespeare in the Park production in Boston once, during which I understood almost nothing of what was happening a [...]


    11. Uma das primeiras peças de Shakespeare; levezinha e divertida, mas ainda muito aquém dos trabalhos posteriores.Uma história centrada em amores, ciúmes e traições, temas recorrentes no futuro, assim como as mulheres disfarçadas de homens. Eram arrojadas e cheias de iniciativa estas heroínas, nada de acordo com o universo feminino da época.E também muito espertas, levavam sempre a melhor aos cavalheiros. Muito perspicaz o Sr. Shakespeare.


    12. Two years ago I read the entire Shakespeare canon in one year. I knew I would do it again but wasn't sure how soon.In fact, I grow old and I have a plan. This year I want to read through the canon using the Arkangel recordings and maybe next year I want to watch all the plays in one year. This seems doable. I have always enjoyed the Arkangel recordings and have heard they are among the best. It is also fun to hear familiar British actors' voices. In this recording several voices sounded familiar [...]


    13. Shakespeare is great for a reason. Unfortunately, the Two Gentlemen of Verona is not it. Like all Shakespeare comedies, this comedy bends the rules for comedy, and yet, as it veers off into what could potentially have been a darker twist on the human condition snuck into a mad-cap farce, Shakespeare ties the plot together too glibly to be believed. People who had been lying rascals are forgiven instantly, lovers who had been scorned too easily accept apologies, and friends betrayed gloss over th [...]


    14. This review and others can be found on BW Book Reviews.Another weird play that I wasn’t too fond of. The basic plot of this is that a man loves a woman, the woman loves him back, he thinks that she doesn’t love him, man falls for other woman, other woman doesn’t like him. It’s a classic plot, really. However, it came off as very rapey at the end and there was too much jazz in my goddamned audiobook. ALL THE SONGS AND TRANSITIONS WERE BAD JAZZ.Either way, not a favorite and totally not a [...]


    15. Outranks both Hamlet and Romeo & Juliet as my favorite Shakespearean play. Slap-stick wit (and yes brevity!) with quick plot twists throughout.Best quotes (IMO) :------------“Love is your master, for he masters you.”“He leaves his friends to dignify them more”“Fire that's closest kept burns most of all.”“Experience is by industry achieved, and perfected by the swift course of time.”“Thus have I shunn'd the fire for fear of burning, and drench'd me in the sea, where I am dro [...]


    16. I think Crab, my dog, be the sourest-natured dog that lives.Two Gentlemen of Verona is usually grouped with A Comedy of Errors and The Taming of the Shrew as one of Shakespeare’s early comedies. I am inclined to see it as the earliest, if only because it is by far the least compelling. Whereas Shakespeare is rightly known for the depth of his psychological insight and the realism of his characters, the personages of this play are shallow and implausible creatures.The two titular gentlemen are [...]


    17. I'm on a mission to read as many of Shakespeare's plays as I can. Having read many in high school, then later in college, I want to read some of those which I 'missed.' Starting with this one, The Two Gentleman of Verona, as it's believed by many to be one of the earliest plays, if not the very first.As I read - a slightly annotated version - I am also reading a companion book alongside, which offers historical info, insights into the writing, interpretation, etc. It's been helpful. What is also [...]



    18. Back around the turn of the 21st century, I opened an used bookstore, mainly mysteries, in a small Southern town and often wished someone would write book and play reviews for our weekday local newspaper. We had a glorious and intimate opera house that had been renovated to maintain its late Victorian structure. We had a director who was well aware that even though small in population, the presence of a four-year liberal arts college provided an audience for Shakespeare plays. To increase the at [...]


    19. While The Two Gentlemen of Verona is likely the Bard at his consummate worst, it is also one of his early plays, and is not without enjoyment in its own right. Herein is the early development of some of his major themes in comedy: disguise, homosocial relations, friendship, betrayal, misguided love. The play, which centers on two Veronese men, Proteus and Valentine, and their respective loves Julia and Silvia. The drama emerges from the two men's simultaneous pursuit for Silvia, and the resoluti [...]


    20. Launce and his dog Crab are among the funniest scenes Shakespeare ever wrote, so this early play is proof of my claim that Shakespeare's a naturally comedic writer. Yes, he learned to write resonant, exalted lines fromMarlowe, but he seemed not to have imitated any specific comic writer except Plautus, who has no dog scenes I have ever read--though I did not read all of Plautus in my graduate Latin course on him. In my Shakespeare course for several years I began with TGV; in fact, a couple year [...]


    21. O, how this spring of love resemblethThe uncertain glory of an April day,Which now shows all the beauty of the sun,And by and by a cloud takes all away!-Act 1, Scene 3Though it hasn’t been terribly long since I read it, I remember very little from The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Having read it back-to-back with The Comedy of Errors, it’s hard for me to keep the two straight in my mind (though they don’t really have much in common, beyond the usual Shakespearean comedy tropes). I have a fonder [...]


    22. I'm so annoyed by Proteus (and the people who put up with him). Shakespeare gives a hint in his name. I had a vague idea that Proteus was a god of the sea, but discovered he is considered god of elusive sea change. I learned a new word today: protean (tending or able to change frequently).Proteus justifies his infidelity, his pursuit of the woman beloved by his best friend — knowing he will lose both his best friend and his own fiancée — by declaring he (Proteus) will lose himself if he doe [...]


    23. Aack. I'll come up with something to say about this, but I'm still reeling from the train wreck that is Act 5, scene 4. The horror!


    24. This is believed to be Shakespeare's first play. It is not his best play, nor at the same level as Othello, Hamlet, or Comedy of Errors. However, I enjoyed this play from start to finish. Two best friend part, with one leaving to explore while one stays for love. Proteus is forced to follow Valentine, only to fall in love with his friend's love interest. Sabotage and betrayal follows, with the play exploring the value of true friendship versus the value of love.Launce, with his dog, Crab, and Sp [...]


    25. I recently spent an hour or two with my pal, Will. Mr Shakespeare and I are getting to know one another much better, lately. I call him Will and he calls me Marye. I read in school what they made me read of his work, I read or (mostly) re-read some of the plays over the decades, and a few years ago I read the sonnets. Most of the sonnets. I like sonnets. I’ve always loved structure.But recently I’ve decided to read all of the plays. Imagine my surprise when I found some new ones. I really di [...]


    26. I usually love my Shakespeare but I really was not into this one too much ! I found it rather predictable and I really had not realized just how many sayings we use everyday from the Bard ! There were plenty from these two men ! I feel really bad giving my great man Mr. Shakespeare so low but I found as I was reading , that I was experiencing dejavu ! I now remember reading it before and having seen a movie version so I felt spoiled ! I am sure that most classic lovers of our Mr. S will find thi [...]


    27. I've now read this twice and I enjoyed it much more the second time round. Though I still hate Proteus with all my heart. Neither the best nor worst of Shakespeare's plays.


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