The Merry Wives of Windsor | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Jeffrey Theis

This literature criticism consists of approximately 42 pages of analysis & critique of The Merry Wives of Windsor.
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Critical Essay by Jeffrey Theis

SOURCE: Theis, Jeffrey. “The ‘ill kill'd’ Deer: Poaching and Social Order in The Merry Wives of Windsor.Texas Studies in Literature and Language 43, no. 1 (2001): 46-73.

In the following essay, Theis examines The Merry Wives of Windsor's treatment of poaching, contending that poaching serves as a trope that allows for the analysis and criticism of social hierarchy, gender roles, and conflicts between generations.

Nicholas Rowe once asserted that the young Shakespeare was caught stealing a deer from Sir Thomas Lucy's park at Charlecote. The anecdote's truth-value is clearly false, yet the narrative's plausibility resonates from the local social customs in Shakespeare's Warwickshire region. As the social historian Roger Manning convincingly argues, hunting and its illegitimate kin poaching thoroughly pervaded all social strata of...

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