Shakespeare on Love

We may all be fools when it comes to love, but thankfully none of us will accidentally switch places with our twin brother and fall in love with our sister-in-law. Probably, anyway.

AuthorShakespeare - William Shakespeare
British LiteratureShakespeare
FormPlay
LanguageEnglish Language
Literary FormsPlays
LiteratureAuthor
British Literature
Shakespeare
ThemesLove

Transcript

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and death there's a Othello

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which was also about love and jealousy and death

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lots of death mixed in with love here huh

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so while Shakespeare did write a lot of love stories, his love stories were not simple

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formulaic

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rom coms, instead they were messy complicated

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and the Grim Reaper sometimes made a guest appearance

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Hey guys! How's it going?

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One of shakespeare's favorite things to do in his love stories was to take

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characters who absolutely loathe each other

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at the beginning at the play and throw them together until hey they get hitched

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For example in taming of the Shrew

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Petruchio of screws with the mind of headstrong stubborn Katharina

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until she turns into a loving and obedient bride

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Wow shakespeare you're sick man. I'm not sick

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It's just written that way. Another trick the playwright liked to employ was to have

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someone fall in love with completely different person halfway through the

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play

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take Phebe the character in As You Like It

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the poor girl is in love with Ganymede whose actually Rosalind in disguise

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as a guy by the end of the play however Phoebe has forgotten all

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about her crush on a cross-dressing Rosalind she marries the shepherd

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Silvius

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and they spend the rest of their lives happily herding sheep together

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or take The Comedy of Errors in which a pair of twins both named Antipholus

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accidentally end up switching places

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without realizing it the Antipholus who everyone thinks is married to

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Adriana

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falls for and Adriana's sister Luciana who was seriously concerned that a man she

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thinks is her brother-in-law

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is attracted to her. Got all that? Yea, we thought so

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So perhaps what Shakespeare was actually trying to do was tell us

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something important about love in his plays

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namely that people in love tend to act foolishly

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We've all sent text messages to a love interest that we immediately regretted

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mom it just goes to show that people in love today still

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act very much like people who are in love during Shakespeare's time

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people have been are and always will be

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fools for love

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