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The father-daughter relationship was one that Shakespeare explored again and again. His typical pattern featured a middle-aged or older man, usually a widower, with an adolescent daughter who had spent most of her life under her father's control, protected in his house. The plays usually begin when the daughter is on the verge of womanhood and eager to assert her own ...more
Paperback, 191 pages
Published March 25th 2003 by McFarland & Company
(first published March 1st 2003)
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May 11, 2008 April Helms rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: young adults (14+) and adults
An ABSOLUTE must-read if someone is studying Shakespeare, or is a fan of his work. Hamilton compares father-daughter relationships in Shakespeare's plays, Capulet and Juliet, Prospero and Miranda, Ophelia and Polonius, Lear and his three daughters and even Portia's ties with her deceased father. I especially like how many of the plays are contrasted (Hamilton compares the fates of Juliet and Miranda, for example). It's easy to follow, easy to read and well-structured.