Connubial Bliss in the Shakespearean Comedy Comparison Essay

Connubial Bliss in the Shakespearean Comedy
This paper is about marriage and relationships in the Shakespearean comedy.
# 4629 | 5,970 words | 16 sources | MLA | 2001 | US

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This paper compares and contrasts Shakespeare's portrayal of connubial bliss in his comedies "Much Ado About Nothing," "Measure for Measure," and "Twelfth Night." The institution of marriage during Shakespeare's time is examined in detail, including how one decided when one should marry, and to whom, and contrasted to today's notion of marriage. Some of the topics examined include finances, a person's reputation, family involvement, love and honor.

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"However, despite the fact that in early modern England, "Most people got married, and most people had children," (McDonald 265), Beatrice and Benedick seem hell-bent against marriage. It is therefore probable that, while it wouldn't strike modern audiences as particularly odd, Elizabethan theatergoers found both Beatrice and Benedick's adamancy against marriage a source of humor and eccentricity in social behavior. When Claudio makes light of his intention to marry Hero, Benedick's immediate reaction is, "Is't come to this? In faith, hath not the world one man but he will wear his cap with suspicion" Shall I never see a bachelor of threescore again? Go to, I? faith, and thou wilt needs thrust thy neck into a yoke, wear print of it, and sigh away Sundays,? (Sundays were the day a man was expected to be with his wife), (Shakespeare, MAAN, I, i, 197-202). Likewise, the Prince, Don Pedro, says of Beatrice, "She cannot endure to hear tell of a husband," (Shakespeare, MAAN, II, i, 347-8)."

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