All's Well That Ends Well | Critical Essay by Carolyn Asp

This literature criticism consists of approximately 28 pages of analysis & critique of All's Well That Ends Well.
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Critical Essay by Carolyn Asp

SOURCE: “Subjectivity, Desire, and Female Friendship in All's Well That Ends Well,” in Literature and Psychology, Vol. 32, No. 4, 1986, pp. 48-63.

In the following essay, Asp focuses on the reversal of power—inspired by Helena's desire—that allows Helena to succeed in her plans to win Bertram.

That man should be at a woman's command and yet no hurt done!

I.iii.92

According to prevailing opinion, All's Well That Ends Well is a “problem play” whose major difficulty is located in the very assertion that the title makes in summarizing the action. In the opinions of many critics the play does not “end well” because the resolution remains on the structural level rather than moving to the psychological level.1 The frog prince remains...

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