Love's Labor's Lost | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by John Alvis

This literature criticism consists of approximately 17 pages of analysis & critique of Love's Labor's Lost.
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Critical Essay by John Alvis

SOURCE: Alvis, John. “Derivative Loves are Labor Lost.” Renascence 48 (summer 1996): 247-58.

In the following essay, Alvis concentrates on Shakespeare's use of the main plot and subplots in Love's Labour's Lost to convey the theme of constancy destroyed by vanity.

Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost has attracted critics' attention to its subtleties of language, its shrewd psychological observations, and its topical allusiveness but not to its plot, which on first acquaintance appears indeed minimal, if not perfunctory.1 Although spare, the action of Love's Labour's Lost is well-adapted to conveying the theme of the play, a theme I take to be the expense of constancy in a waste of ostentation. To demonstrate the connection between action and subject, I propose to focus on the...

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