All's Well That Ends Well | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by E. A. J. Honigmann

This literature criticism consists of approximately 21 pages of analysis & critique of All's Well That Ends Well.
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Critical Essay by E. A. J. Honigmann

SOURCE: "All's Well That Ends Well: A 'Feminist' Play?" in Myriad-minded Shakespeare: Essays, Chiefly on the Tragedies and Problem Comedies, Macmillan Press, 1989, pp. 130-46.

In the following essay, Honigmann considers All's Well That Ends Well as a play that examines the consequences of female dominance, and studies Helena as an aggressive female character.

Shakespeare is sometimes blamed because he expected woman to be beautiful and biddable in a male-dominated world. How unreasonable of him! His heroines, we are told, perpetuate the male myth of woman, as sanctified by the Bible and the marriage-vows of the Church of England; in so far as his feminine ideal was imprinted upon the consciousness of Europe, and later of the world, he was at least as guilty of the enslavement of woman as St...

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