Love and Marriage in Shakespeare<sup>1</sup>

Christopher N. L. Brooke

in The Medieval Idea of Marriage

Published in print June 1994 | ISBN: 9780198205043
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191676468 | DOI:

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Shakespeare is a crucial witness in the history of marriage; he observed and recorded human experience beyond the normal reach of other writers. He explored every region of man's experience and predicaments. He saw human beings in many postures and human characters under many aspects. This chapter focuses on the literary works of Shakespeare, his observations and recordings of human experience and character as seen in his A Midsummer Night's Dream, As You Like It, The Merchant of Venice, and Romeo and Juliet. In his plays, Shakespeare captured the multi-faceted aspects of romance, love, and marriage, and he interpreted the path of romance in his plays yet he incorporated the element of shock by providing reminders of lust, violence, and the less attractive facets of marriage.

Keywords: Shakespeare; plays; romance; marriage; love; history of marriage

Chapter.  6473 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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