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  • 2 pages
  • All's Well That Ends Well
  • William Shakespeare
  • English
  • 06 August 2015
  • 9781559940696

10 thoughts on “All's Well That Ends Well

  1. Bill Kerwin Bill Kerwin says:

    I just can't bring myself to love this play although I believe I understand what Shakespeare is doing here He takes a fairy tale plot adds a fiercely realistic setting complete with a pointless war and friendly fire adds a desperately mismatched romantic couple Helena a commoner and a control freak a woman of great passion and intelligence obsessively smitten with the noble Bertram a proud shallow boy tops it off by giving the comedy a mindlessly optimistic title and then spending most of his effort not just making the title come true but making it come true in such a formulaic makeshift fashion that the reader must mentally modify that jaunty title by the addition of a dozen cautionary interrogation points The comic fop and braggart Parolles sort of a cross between Pistol and Malvolio helps out some both thematically and as comic relief but the whole thing still leaves me feeling a little creepy with a bad taste in my mouth But then maybe that's the way Shakespeare wanted me to feel?I don't think so though I believe his intention is a little ambitious than that He is certainly criticizing the forms and conventions of comedy but I believe he also wishes to transcend them by producing a kind of meta comedy the sort of thing he would soon accomplish in Measure for Measure In Measure for Measure he succeeds by 1 distancing the reader by making the entire universe of the play slightly surreal and 2 using the Duke as a God like figure thus inviting the reader to adopt an Olympian perspective for him or herself Shakespeare tries something similar in All's Well That Ends Well using 1 the radical disconnect between fairy tale and harsh realism in the plot and 2providing us with three ancient characters of good will the King of France the Countess and Lord Lafeu who speak much about the nature of Time suggesting the widened perspective and wisdom which may accompany Time's contemplation As I said he tries something similar but I don't think he uite brings it off


  2. Ted Ted says:

    Not 3 12 4I enjoyed this play than I thought I would partly due to the excellent production of it I watched Certainly to think about here than the previous two comedies I readI All’s Well That Ends WellThe name of this play has become almost a hackneyed phrase in the English language It’s a phrase that hackneyed me has used countless times since I became familiar with it so many decades ago But for all that it’s not one of Shakespeare’s popular plays and is seldom performed No contemporaneous mentions of the play or uotations from it have ever been found There are problems with the text; the style is uneven; and there’s no external fact or topical reference with the drama to accurately date its composition However the best passages have been taken as evidence of a maturity in the writer hence it is typically placed in the latter half of Shakespeare’s works and in my collection it has been placed between Troilus and Cressida 1602 and Othello 1603 This dating makes it the 25th of the 37 plays includedMost critics have apparently agreed with Samuel Johnson’s verdict that although it has “many delightful scenes” its characters are “not new nor produced by any deep knowledge of human nature” and that several of the most notable are uite unlikeable My editor writing in the middle of the last century also notes that some modern readers are uncomfortable with moral aspects of the play Both this observation and the “unlikeable characters” seem silly to me As always Shakespeare like any author is writing for an audience and his audience was the theatre audience of his own time On top of that I couldn’t care less about whether a fictional character is “likeable” really do you?Coleridge by the way went out of his way to defend Bertram one of the characters easy to dislike as perfectly justified in rejecting Helena as a wife given his aristocratic birth and Helena’s station as nothing than the daughter of a physician basically a retainer of Bertram’s fatherII Shakespeare’s sourceThe source of this play cannot be argued about It is based on a story in Boccaccio’s Decameron The tale is found as the ninth story of the third day One of Boccaccio’s female characters Neifile presides as ueen on the third day and thus relates that ninth tale She has decreed that the stories on her day will be ones in which a person either has painfully acuired something or has lost it and then regained itThe story she tells can be traced back to the Sanskrit dramatist and poet Kālidāsa in his The Recognition of Śakuntalā which itself may go back as far as the 5th centuryview spoilerBy the way my GR friend Alan Powers has mentioned to me that another possible connection between the tale and Shakespeare may be a play using Boccaccio’s plot written by Giordano Bruno who had lived in London in the early 1580s Whether the play referred to is Bruno’s 1582 Candelaio I know not hide spoiler


  3. Jason Koivu Jason Koivu says:

    All's well that ends wellsure but does it really end well? Really?A simple maid with the one remedy for what ails the king cures him and receives as her reward the hand in marriage of a high born courtier The groom to be won't submit to wed such a lowly personage nay His refusal is seen as base and tarnishes his reputation so he flees to the wars for it is through deeds of bravery that he will redeem himself Slight of hand and high japery set the scene for misunderstandings and tricky ruse de guerre in the realm of romance Will they or won't they?A very fairytale story that Shakespeare tries to transform it into something a realistic but in the process creates a strange brew of the two What never rises above the land of make believe imo is that the simple maid ever finds attractive and purposefully pursues the asshole groom to be This portion of All's Well That Ends Well parallels the Lizzy and Darcy struggle from Pride and Prejudice except that it never uite makes enough to sense to satisfy this reader Shakespeare fails to bring the couple together in a realistic way In the end it's a flippant one liner that switches hate to love Is this a cop out? A comedy shortcut? Or just poor writing?Maybe it doesn't really matter because uite clearly this framework is meant to be a vehicle for the comedy strewn about the middle of the play I used uotations around comedy because I'm sarcastic like that While cowardice can be comical I don't find kidnapping hostage threats of torture and death and weaselly traitorous admissions to be hilarious good funwell for a little while maybe The scene with Parolles drags on and on and we get it right off the bat the guy's a coward Yes this scene is important for the big reveal at the end but man does it go on too long It's failures like the above that kept me from loving this play like I have others It's not bad just not brilliant


  4. Darwin8u Darwin8u says:

    “Love all trust a few do wrong to none”― William Shakespeare All's Well That Ends Well The most clearly problematic of Shakespeare's Problem Plays Don't get me wrong I love the dark ambiguous almost nihilistically modern tone of this period of Shakespeare I think the peak of the three plays is clearly 1st Measure for Measure followed by 2nd Troilus and Cressida and 3rd lastly thisTo bastardize a line from Shakespeare's M4M to fit my cause and purpose They say best men plays are moulded out of faults And for the most become much the better For being a little badAnyway one of the redemptions of All's Well is Shakespeare is playing us and not just the players He KNOWS audiences want resolution He KNOWS it pays to let the boy get the girl Hell movies today show we are no different We don't want ambiguity too much We want a hero who gets the girl Shakespeare says fine I'll give you a nominal hero who in reality is a real dick and feed him per reuest to the girl She will get what she wants in the end and the audience will get what they essentially keep demanding in the end And the result will be bitter To again paraphrase HL Mencken who was talking about voters and democracy fits also for theatre patrons Shakespeare knows that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard It is all very modern of Shakespeare and also very human Just not humaneOne point about this play I adore Parolles He isn't nearly as perfect as Iago later will be but like Lucio from M4M and Thersites in TC carries some of the best lines in the playSome of my favorite lines just a brief sample― “Moderate lamentation is the right of the deadexcessive grief the enemy to the living” Act 1 Scene 1― “my idolatrous fancy Must sanctify his reliues Act 1 Scene 1― “When thou hast leisure say thy prayers When thou hast none remember thy friends Act 1 Scene 1― “Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie Which we ascribe to heaven Act 1 Scene 1― “see that you come Not to woo honour but to wed it Act 2 Scene 1 ― “My art is not past power nor you past cure Act 2 Scene 1― “Hence is it that we make trifles of terrors ensconcing ourselves into seeming knowledge when we should submit ourselves to an unknown fear Act 2 Scene 3


  5. Rachel Rachel says:

    Helena he’s just not that into you


  6. Bram Bram says:

    Where can you go after writing Hamlet? Only into the bitterest depths of irony and nihilism apparently All’s Well That Ends Well is part of the problem play trilogy that followed soon after the Danish Prince’s demise and Malvolio’s humiliation and it appears on the surface to be less twisted than both Troilus and Cressida and Measure for Measure But don’t be fooled Shakespeare plays one of his greatest tricks on the audience here achieving something difficult and deeply unsatisfying which probably explains this play’s lack of staging popularity See we like Helena Shakespeare wins our sympathy for her early and often but he also has her fall in love with Bertram one of the shallowest d bags the Bard has to offer Harold Bloom points out that nearly all Shakespeare’s women marry beneath themselves but the Helena Bertram coupling might be the most egregious in the canon Even so why is this such a problem for the audience? Well the plot focuses almost entirely on Helena’s pursuit of Bertram via means elaborate and occasionally of uestionable ethics but we don’t care because we like Helena and we can’t help but root for her success Yet—and here’s the trick—this success wins her the shittiest prize ever someone that will make her life miserable I’m not exaggerating Bertram wants nothing to do with Helena and tells her as much at regular interval He’s a hopelessly immature warmongering slut hanging around with the scoundrel Parolles who manages to be relatable if not likable than Bertram following his acceptance of public disgrace and dispossession But we’ve probably all had a friend like Helena someone whose “imagination Carries no favour in’t but Bertram’s” who falls for someone we can’t stand Such is life such is love And it’s worse Helena knows that Bertram is bad news “But O strange menThat can such sweet use make of what they hateWhen saucy trusting of the cozen’d thoughtsDefiles the pitchy night; so lust doth playWith what it loathes for that which is away”And yet she keeps holding on to that belief all’s well that ends well Ah but who else can believe it? So bitter Shakespeare


  7. Michael Finocchiaro Michael Finocchiaro says:

    It may be surprising to see me note this one with less than 5 stars but I was irritated with All's Well That Ends Well because I found the love story inadeuate What Helena sees in her recalcitrant and wandering lover Bertram just totally escapes me The bed trick was less convincing for me here than it was in Measure for Measure and I just had a hard time building any empathy for Bertram or for Paroles or the other minor characters The fact that Helena saves the King of France was a nice somewhat revolutionary feminist touch but I did appreciate some of the poetry such asThe web of our life is of a mingled yarn good and ill togetherFirst Lord Act 4 scene 3For we are old and on our uick'st decreesTh’inaudible and noiseless foot of timeSteals ere we can effect themKing Act 5 Scene 3


  8. David David says:

    Middleton and Shakespeare here are blended;This problem play doth suffer too much rhymeFrom first to last reuired excessive timeWhether well or no I'm glad 'tis ended


  9. leynes leynes says:

    All's Well That Ends Well except for umm this play because it didn't end well at all but let's keep things in order and start at the beginning of this clusterfuck Don't get too excited though albeit the two star rating might seem low I still kind of appreciate this play and find it interesting I am a huge fan of Willy's problem plays aka the dark comedies aka all the plays in which he finally developed some interesting characters that are absolute shitheads and morally grey The depth of the characters is great and I usually enjoy the morale dilemma that they find themselves in All's Well That Ends Well has a very simple promise the young girl Helena is in love with the Count of Roussillon Bertram When she learns that the King is sick she decides to make a deal with him If she manages to heal him she'll get to chose one of the lords of his court for marriage If she fails she will be executed sounds fair kinda not but whatever Luckily for her not for us because all the things that suck in this play are because of that she manages to heal the King and choses Bertram as her husband This scene which happens toward the end of Act II is one of the most vicious and awkward scenes in all of Shakespeare's canon since all the gentlemen of the court reject Helena and Bertram openly voices his dislike for her by asking the King if he has to be brought down only because she raised him the King up That scene is so interesting on so many levels because it twists the power dynamic that is inherent to most Shakespeare plays men in power women submissive whilst still not really twisting it On the one hand we see that Helena is in power because the King granted her this position However when she proposes to Bertram she does so in the most submissive fashion ever Like for real it's bizarre Bertram uickly asserts his dominance by dismissing her And you can't really be mad at him for it since that whole deal between Helena and the King was made 100% without his knowledge and his consent Forcing someone to marry somebody else is just not cool But whilst Helena is willing to let it slide and accept Betram's decision the King is absolutely not He wants to assert his dominance because he feels like Bertram is disrespecting him by not following the rules he has established So all in all it's just a clusterfuck of a power dynamic So far so good I like the moral problem posed in the first two acts I liked the witty dialogue and banter and was somewhat intrigued From Act III onwards this play completely lost me Basically Bertram decides to flee from France in order to avoid marrying Helena He's uite the shithead about it for telling her that he would rather die than have her for a wife The Countess his mother is horrified at his actions and chooses Helena's side which I found surprising And Helena decides to follow him to Italy There she learns that Bertram has fallen in love with the young Diana and wants to woe her What then ensues is just plain right disgusting since the two women make a deal and decide to perform the bed trick on Bertram Before Bertram left France he told Helena that only if she will obtain his family ring and will be carrying his child he will accept her as a wife Helena decides that Diana should woe Bertram and demand the ring from him She should then make out a date with him on which they would have sex What then ensues is that Diana gives the ring to Helena and Helena takes her place on the date so that Bertram unknowingly sleeps with her as opposed to Diana This is basically rape since Bertram never consented to sleep with Helena and the women tricked him into thinking he slept with Diana It's disgusting and the point of the play where I lost respect for almost all of the characters Helena then fakes her own death what a mood only to reveal herself at the right moment at the court of the King of France because naturally Bertram came home once he found out his would be wife was dead lmao Bertram then acts completely out of character by being impressed with Helena's actions and accepts to marry her since she fulfilled the two conditions he imposed on her earlier It's so fucking ridiculous and I don't get Shakespeare's narrative choice for the end at all Why not have this play end without a marriage? He wasn't forced to write a comedy I would've loved Diana to be a bit opportunistic and fuck shit up by actually keeping the ring for herself or something like that There was a lot of potential there Bertram's conversion at the end is so sudden it makes no sense at all We don't need no happy ending Willy Get a grip


  10. Kim Griffin Kim Griffin says:

    ALright obviously I am biased being that I will be playing the heroine May through Septemberbut before all that when I first read this play last winter it became my favorite play by Shakespeare This is the best edition f the play and has a brilliant introduction Helena is the first female physician ever created and her strength daring and unabashed lack of self respect where her feelings for Bertram are concerned make her a fascinating subject and a great role model in many ways This play was the warm up piece for Measure for Measure in many ways as it is where Willy worked out the infamous bed trick and between the speeches of the Countess and the King contains some of the beautiful musings on love youth and age that I have ever read or heard I think that this play has the ability to truly reach people and if you can't come see it this summereven if you can you should definitely check it out


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William Shakespeare baptised April That Ends ePUB ´ 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 All's Well PDF/EPUB or poet and the Bard of Avon or simply The Bard His surviving works consist of plays sonnets two long narrative poems and several other poems His plays have been tr.