The Two Gentlemen of Verona Allusions & Cultural References
When authors refer to other great works, people, and events, it’s usually not accidental. Put on your super-sleuth hat and figure out why.
- Jorge de Montemay, or Diana Enamorada (published in English 1598)
- Anonymous, The History of Felix and Philomela (a lost play)
- Thomas Elyot, Book 2, Chapter 12 of The Book Named the Governor (1531)
Major Literary Influences
Mythology, Legends, and Biblical Allusions
- The character Proteus shares his name with the shape-shifting sea god.
- The character Valentine shares his name with the patron saint of lovers.
- Myth of Hero and Leander (1.1)
- Cupid (2.4)
- Greek myth of Phaëton, who set the world on fire driving his dad's chariot (3.1)
- The Temptation of Eve in the Garden of Eden (3.1)
- Greek myth of Ariadne, who killed herself when Theseus broke up with her (4.4)
- Greek myth of Tereus's rape of Philomela (5.4)
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