By Sterling Professor of the Humanities Harold Bloom
A learn advisor to 1 of Shakespeare's maximum performs that incorporates a collection of feedback during the centuries, in addition to an advent via the writer, a precis of the plot, a entire record of characters, a biography of Shakespeare, and extra.
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Coleridge’s critical work on Shakespeare is lively and revealing, as the following character sketch of Bertram reveals. The comments on Helena here seem to contradict a notorious and often-cited remark made by Coleridge elsewhere that Helena was the “loveliest” of Shakespeare’s characters. I cannot agree with the solemn abuse which the critics have poured out upon Bertram in All’s Well That Ends Well. He was a young nobleman in feudal times, STA All's Well That Ends Well fi32 32 11/23/2009 3:43:34 PM All’s Well That Ends Well in the Nineteenth Century 33 just bursting into manhood, with all the feelings of pride of birth, and appetite for pleasure and liberty, natural to such a character so circumstanced.
STA All's Well That Ends Well fi27 27 11/23/2009 3:43:33 PM STA All's Well That Ends Well fi28 28 11/23/2009 3:43:33 PM ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY q After a cold critical reception in the eighteenth century, the nineteenth century’s response to the play can be characterized as a little more forgiving and, eventually, more rigorous in nature. This somewhat altered course does not mean that the play experienced an actual revival of any kind or was broadly viewed as a successfully realized work.
After his marriage, he declares his continued hatred for her to his friends, yet condescends to dissemble unworthily with her to get rid of her. In Florence he attempts to corrupt a young woman of good family and reputation, and succeeding as he imagined, openly boasts of it. Upon the news of his wife’s death, of which he thinks himself the cause, he expresses great joy; and without taking leave of the young woman he supposes he has debauched, hastens back to Roussillon. There a marriage being proposed to him with the daughter of an old courtier, he accepts it immediately; declaring his passion for that young lady, which he durst never reveal, was the cause of his hatred to Helena.