The Merry Wives of Windsor | Critical Essay by Philip D. Collington

This literature criticism consists of approximately 42 pages of analysis & critique of The Merry Wives of Windsor.
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Critical Essay by Philip D. Collington

SOURCE: Collington, Philip D. “‘I Would Thy Husband Were Dead’: The Merry Wives of Windsor as Mock Domestic Tragedy.” English Literary Renaissance 30, no. 2 (spring 2000): 184-212.

In the following essay, Collington argues that The Merry Wives of Windsor is a parody of the genre of domestic tragedy.

Fond woman which would'st have thy husband die, And yet complain'st of his great jealousie; If swolne with poyson, hee lay in 'his last bed, His body with a sere-barke covered, .....Thou would'st not weepe, but jolly, 'and frolicke bee, As a slave, which to morrow should be free 

When John Donne wrote these lines in his “Elegie: Jealosie” in the mid-1590s, he was invoking a crime that loomed large in the popular imagination of his time.1 Petty treason—the...

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