Two Gentlemen of Verona | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Lori Schroeder Haslem

This literature criticism consists of approximately 21 pages of analysis & critique of Two Gentlemen of Verona.
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Critical Essay by Lori Schroeder Haslem

SOURCE: Haslem, Lori Schroeder. “‘O Me, the Word Choose!’: Female Voice and Catechetical Ritual in The Two Gentlemen of Verona and The Merchant of Venice.Shakespeare Studies 22 (1994): 122-40.

In the following excerpt, Haslem analyzes the significance of Shakespeare's use of female friendships and communication in a largely patriarchal setting, such as that presented in The Two Gentlemen of Verona.

Whenever women meet privately and talk, says Simone de Beauvoir in The Second Sex, they construct a “counter-universe” which privileges female values not normally accorded a place within a patriarchal-valued universe.1 To explain the purpose of such private conferences, de Beauvoir borrows a metaphor from the theater. “Confronting man,” she says, “woman is always play-acting,” but “with other...

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