Love's Labor's Lost | Critical Essay by Dorothea Kehler

This literature criticism consists of approximately 11 pages of analysis & critique of Love's Labor's Lost.
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SOURCE: Kehler, Dorothea. “Jaquenetta's Baby's Father: Recovering Paternity in Love's Labor's Lost.Renaissance Papers (1990): 45-54.

In the following essay, Kehler emphasizes the theme of deception in Love's Labour's Lost.

When Longaville first sees Maria, he asks Boyet, “Pray you, sir, whose daughter?” “Her mother's, I have heard” (II.i.201-202),1 quips Boyet, in effect withholding the information Longaville seeks—Maria's paternity. Boyet's witticism intimates that establishing paternity is chancey. Faulconbridge, the Bastard in King John, reminds John that the paternity of “all men's children” is a secret that lies in their mothers' keeping (I.i.63); and, coincidentally, Maria of Love's Labor's Lost turns out to be “an heir of Falconbridge” (II.i.205).

Variations on Boyet's jest appear in other Shakespearean comedies. In Taming of...

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