02 Oct 2009

Essays on All's Well That Ends Well

All’s Well That Ends Well follows a short period in the life of a young woman, the orphan daughter of a well respected physician named Helena, as she pursues the man she desires most to marry, the son of her guardian who is a Duchess in France.  After saving the King of France during an illness, she is granted her choice of husbands.  But when she chooses the Duchess’ son, he flees to a city in the Holy Land, swearing he would never marry her unless she obtained the ring off his hand and became pregnant with his child.  Never being one to back down, Helena sets out to fulfill these demands, one way or another.

In All’s Well That Ends Well, William Shakespeare once again proves his prowess with the quill.  His use of conflict and the personal resolve of an individual determined weaves a tale that, though not as passionate as Romeo and Juliet or as thrilling as Julius Caesar, captivating his audience with a tangled web of intrigue and guile.  All’s Well That Ends Well is seen by many as an indirect attack upon the social structure that permeated not only France, but the whole of England, presenting the argument that even the daughter of a lowly physician could match wits successfully with Europe’s noble elite.  It’s effect on England’s social structure has been the topic of academic debate for many years and  has yet to be fully explored.

The character Helena is offered by Shakespeare as a classic example of social ills in Europe during the 16th century.  Though highly skilled in the arts of healing herself, it is upon her father’s reputation that her respect within the French Royal Court rests.  It is upon this that the Duchess’ son, >>>>, rests his opinion and which he uses to justify running away from what he sees as an unfavorable marriage.  It is an interesting twist as in Europe it was usually the woman who attempted to escape unfavorable marriages.

All’s Well That Ends Well stands as a significant but often overlooked Shakespearean play.  The idea of a commoner marrying into royal society was deeply frowned upon.  The idea that it could be a lesser woman imposing such a marriage bordered on scandalous, though Shakespeare was hardly a stranger to scandal.   In this play, however, he took the concept to a new level.  In addition to the challenge against social “tiers,” Shakespeare’s character, Helena, intentionally engages in covert fornication with her intended, tricking him into giving up his ring (condition one set by him) and successfully impregnating herself with his child (condition two set by him).  Outsmarted, the young nobleman relents, marrying Helena as much for her intelligence as for her beauty he has finally come to recognize.

Many of the lessons that we can draw from All’s Well That Ends Well speak as much about our modern society as they did in the 16th century.  And yes, this applies to the academic environment as well.  Students enter their school with an inner understanding of what they are after.  The rigor of academic halls however weeds out all but the most determined.  Our company supplies professional writing services to these aspiring academes, preparing professional, well researched articles on virtually any topic and at any level of academic endeavor.  Placing your order through our secure website today will help put your written assignment on the fast track to fulfillment.

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