William Shakespeare | Critical Essay by Lynda E. Boose

This literature criticism consists of approximately 12 pages of analysis & critique of William Shakespeare.
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Critical Essay by Lynda E. Boose

SOURCE: 'The Father and the Bride in Shakespeare," in PMLA, Vol. 97, No. 3, May, 1982, pp. 325-47.

Here, Boose explores the phases of the marriage ceremonyseparation, transition, and reincorporationas a pattern for the father-daughter relationship.

The aristocratic family of Shakespeare's England was, according to social historian Lawrence Stone, "patrilinear, primogenitural, and patriarchal." Parent-child relations were in general remote and formal, singularly lacking in affective bonds and governed solely by a paternal authoritarianism through which the "husband and father lorded it over his wife and children with the quasi-authority of a despot" (Crisis 271). Stone characterizes the society of the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries as one in which "a majority of individuals . . . found it very difficult to establish close emotional ties to any other person" (Family 99)1 and views the nuclear family as a burdensome social unit, valued...

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