Two Gentlemen of Verona | Critical Essay by Marvin Felheim and Philip Traci

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Critical Essay by Marvin Felheim and Philip Traci

SOURCE: "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" in Realism in Shakespeare's Romantic Comedies: "O Heavenly Mingle, " University Press of America, 1980, pp. 51-66.

In this essay, Felheim and Traci survey the characters of The Two Gentlemen of Verona, maintaining that they embody the theme of change, especially in their soliloquies.

Proteus: Yet writers say: as in the sweetest bud
The eating canker dwells, so eating Love
Inhabits in the finest wits of all

(I. i. 42-44).

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The theme of The Two Gentlemen of Verona centers in the idea of change, a concept embodied in the very name, Proteus, of one of the two gentlemen. When we first meet the young men, they are provincials, " . . . living dully sluggardiz'd at home" (I. i. 7), in Verona. And, as Valentine asserts, "Home-keeping youth have ever homely wits" (1. 2). His thesis...

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