The Comedy of Errors | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Charles Brooks

This literature criticism consists of approximately 12 pages of analysis & critique of The Comedy of Errors.
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Critical Essay by Charles Brooks

SOURCE: Brooks, Charles. “Shakespeare's Romantic Shrews.” Shakespeare Quarterly 11, no. 3 (summer 1960): 351-56.

In the following essay, Brooks compares Adriana in The Comedy of Errors to Kate in The Taming of the Shrew.

The domineering wife has been a popular literary figure from Xantippe to Lichty's battle-axes. She has a male counterpart in the tyrannous husband, unreasonable masculine brutality being as much disapproved, at least in Christian civilizations, as feminine wilfulness; but the shrew is a more familiar character than the tyrannous husband, possibly because she not only behaves abnormally, as he does, but also violates our sense of order. While he overasserts a right, she overturns a hierarchy which men like to feel is divinely sanctioned. So men delight to laugh at the shrew or to see her justly disconcerted, and they smile with...

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