The Two Noble Kinsmen | Critical Essay by C. H. Hobday

This literature criticism consists of approximately 23 pages of analysis & critique of The Two Noble Kinsmen.
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Critical Essay by C. H. Hobday

SOURCE: "Why the Sweets Melted: A Study in Shakespeare's Imagery," in Shakespeare Quarterly, Vol. XVI, No. 4, Autumn, 1965, pp. 3-12.

In this essay, Hobday examines Shakespeore's use of flattery-images and concludes that Shakespeare is part-author of both Edward III and The Two Noble Kinsmen.

The association of ideas in the most famous of all Shakespeare's image-clusters—that which links flattery with fawning dogs and melting sweets—presents a problem. It is natural enough that he should think of flattery as sweet and of flatteres as fawning dogs, but why should the sweets melt? Dr. Caroline Spurgeon wrote: "The explanation of this curious and repeated sequence of ideas is, I think, very simple. It was the habit in Elizabethen times to have dogs, which were chiefly of the spaniel and greyhound type, at table, licking the hands of...

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