The Two Gentleman of Verona
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printed version of the play
Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play
Scene-by-scene plot summaries
A key to famous lines and phrases
An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language
An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on th
Early in "Two Gentlemen of Verona," a character refers to a "shallow tale of deep love," but the play he himself inhabits is something worse, at least where the affection of these two gentlemen are concerned: it is a shallow tale of shallow love. Proteus shifts his love from one woman to another as quickly as he changes cities, and Valentine is prepared to give up the woman he loves to his friend Proteus, a person who has betrayed his trust and threatened his beloved with rape, all because Prote...more
But recently I’ve decided to read all of the plays. Imagine my surprise when I found some new ones. I really did th...more
I do not seek to quench your love's hot fire,
But qualify the fire's extreme rage,
Lest it should burn above the bounds of reason.
Lucetta, Act II, Scene VII
I imagine Abbot and Costello performing dramatic devices from The Merchant of Venice for an idea which wouldn't fully mature until Romeo & Juliet.
Shakespeare's tale of romantic love may seem like shallow entertainment. However, as in most Shakespeare pieces, he weaves fundamental and universal elements of the human condition into this humor...more
Marlowe, but he seemed not to have imitated any specific comic writer except Plautus, who has no dog scenes I have ever read--though I did not read all of Plautus in my graduate Latin course on him.
In my Shakespeare course for several years I began with TGV; in fact, a couple year...more
لكن من المفيد قراءتها للتعرف على كيفية تطور أسلوب الكاتب -أي كاتب- مع الوقت، وتطور أدواته، وأفكاره أيضا.
الترجمة ليست كما ينبغي. كان لدي حينما كنت في الثانوية ترجمةأفضل (ترجمة دار الكتب العلمية)، وكل مرة أبدأ في قراءتها ولا أكملها، ثم تبرعت بالكتاب مع جملة من الكتب.
الآن فقط صرت أتمنى لو أني أبقيت تلك النسخة.
عندي شعور أن شخصية روميو فيها شبه من بروتيو في هذه المسرحية. العابث الغارق في الحب، الذي كان يحب جوليا، ثم صار يجب سيلفيا. قد...more
Two friends, Valentine and Proteus, begin this tale with a farewell in Verona; Valentine...more
"Cease to lament what thou canst not help,
And study help for that which thou lament'st.
Time is the nurse and breeder of all good."
Well, it's a good play, and funny in parts. I dislike the banter between the servantmen; Serves no purpose in furthering the story. There are some very pretty lines and good scenes. Valentine and Silvia are excellent, admirable characters. All in all, though, not my favorite play.
Warning: SPOILERS AHEAD
I hate Proteus! What a jerk!...more
If you are an educator for highschool age, this is a v...more
Rating: Three Stars
Edition: The Norton Shakespeare
About:The Two Gentlemen of Verona is one of Shakespeare's earliest plays, and it is quite obvious too. Besides being unpolished and feeling more like a tragedy than a comedy, it has limited characters and most scenes are not that memorable. It's definitely one of my least favorite Shakespearean plays.
Very much enjoyed this play, leaving aside the fickleness of friendship and love it portrays and the incredibly rushed resolution:
"I will never forgive you!"
"Ah, in that case, all is...more
It may well be asked if there is any point in reviewing Shakespeare, the most written-about of all writers. Is there anything new to say about him? Perhaps not, but I feel he is also the most misunderstood writer. One should take with a pinch of salt everything that even the most famous literary critics say about him.
I was tired of the formulaic"mysteries" (which are seldom mysterious) that populate the best-seller or recommended reading lists these days, so I picked up my copy of the complete works of Shakespeare to find something different. Actually, I picked up my...more