This is much too severe; in the first place, there is no necessity that we should reconcile ourselves to him. He tries to marry a local lord's daughter, but Diana shows up and breaks up the engagement.
She loves Bertram — because she loves him. Diana obtains Bertram's ring in exchange for one of Helena's. Lafew may be in disbelief, as he introduced Helena to the King for this purpose.
Obey our will, which travails in thy good: She contrives through an ingenious trick, substituting herself for the Florentine girl he is trying to seduce, to obtain his ring and conceive his child.
Lafew mentions to Parolles' duty to Bertrand, and Bertram's recantation, which provoke a pique of haughty contempt from Parolles in which he disdains and threatens the old Lord.
The King offers Diana a dowry and her choice of husband. Then, his attempt to seduce Diana brings about the very end he is trying to escape, union with his own wife.
Bertram balks, first asking the King to let his own eyes choose who he marries, then scorning her poverty and lack of good title. However, some alternative readings emphasise the "if" in his equivocal promise: The play is based on a tale 3.
Let the rest go. Some account of the English stage: The characters in general are a pleasant group, distinguished either by the wisdom of experience the King of France, Lafew, the Countess or by basic decency and good intentions Diana, the First Lord and Second Lord Dumaine.
Helena; touched with the most soul-subduing pathos, and developed with the most consummate skill. The King has him seized, suspecting foul play the King knows that she would only surrender it to Bertram in their bed, and Bertram believes that this is an impossibility.
Good alone Is good without a name. This would be very pretty and interesting and characteristic in Viola or Ophelia, but not at all consistent with that high determined spirit, that moral energy with which Helena is portrayed.
The property by what it is should go, Not by the title. Bertram enters, asking forgiveness, and expanding on his love for Lafew's daughter, whom he loved at first sight.
Shakespearean audiences have to accept great women picking men who are unworthy of them Portia and the fortune-hunter Bassanio in The Merchant of Venice; Hero and the feckless Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing, and many othersbut it is extremely difficult to reconcile oneself to a romantic lead as odious as Bertram, who abandons Helena, tries to seduce an innocent woman, and only turns repentant in the play's final scene.
Bertram won't hear of it, and Lafew asks Bertram to mend relations between him and Parolles, likely sarcastically, since as soon as Parolles enters, Lafew subtly works toward a full indictment of Parolles as nothing but a shell of a man with a good suit on. Synopsis[ edit ] The play opens in Rousillon, then a Catalan province of Spain now in Francewhere young Count Bertram bids farewell to his mother the Countess and Helena, as he leaves for the court of Paris with old Lord Lafew at the French King's order.
In the mean time, the Count, instead of rejoining her, flies to Tuscany, and the rest of the story is closely followed in the drama.
In part, these criticisms are unfair. Lafew asks the King to speak with Helena who offers to cure his fatal disease with her father's most potent and safeguarded recipe.
Her love is not "th' infection taken in at the eyes," nor kindled by youthful romance: It does not seem to matter to the characters or the audience what it took to achieve their position at the end of play, as long as they eventually get what they want.
The Countess sends word of this to Bertram, hoping he'll return from Florence now that Helena is away. The King offers Diana a dowry and her choice of husband. All's Well That Ends Well. Without second thought, the characters seem to forgive one another for major indiscretions.
It is passion developed under its most profound and serious aspect; as in Isabella, we have the serious and the thoughtful, not the brilliant side of intellect. Back in Paris, Lafew tries to speak on the powers of heaven in a world of scientists, but Parolles interrupts him at every turn, trying to one-up him and claim Lafew's thoughts as his own.
Parolles enters to take the bait, and affecting pride, swears to recover it. He is deathly ill when the play begins, and is miraculously cured by Helena, who uses one of her father's medicines.
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Some academics believe it to have been written between and It was published in the First Folio in Countess - The mother of Bertram, the mistress of Rousillon, and Helena's guardian, she is a wise, discerning old woman who perceives Helena's worth and rejoices when she marries Bertram.
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