All's Well That Ends Well

All s Well That Ends Well The Cambridge School Shakespeare Series approaches the plays in a new way by encouraging students to actively examine them working in groups as well as individually and to treat them as scripts to

  • Title: All's Well That Ends Well
  • Author: William Shakespeare
  • ISBN: 9781853262067
  • Page: 469
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Cambridge School Shakespeare Series approaches the plays in a new way, by encouraging students to actively examine them, working in groups as well as individually, and to treat them as scripts to be re created, with theatrical and dramatic qualities to explore.

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    William Shakespeare baptised 26 April 1564 was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world s pre eminent dramatist He is often called England s national poet and the Bard of Avon or simply The Bard His surviving works consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems His plays have been translated into every major living language, and are performed often than those of any other playwright.Shakespeare was born and raised in Stratford upon Avon Scholars believe that he died on his fifty second birthday, coinciding with St George s Day.At the age of 18 he married Anne Hathaway, who bore him three children Susanna, and twins Hamnet and Judith Between 1585 and 1592 he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part owner of the playing company the Lord Chamberlain s Men, later known as the King s Men He appears to have retired to Stratford around 1613, where he died three years later Few records of Shakespeare s private life survive, and there has been considerable speculation about such matters as his sexuality, religious beliefs, and whether the works attributed to him were written by others.Shakespeare produced most of his known work between 1590 and 1613 His early plays were mainly comedies and histories, genres he raised to the peak of sophistication and artistry by the end of the sixteenth century Next he wrote mainly tragedies until about 1608, including Hamlet, King Lear, and Macbeth, considered some of the finest examples in the English language In his last phase, he wrote tragicomedies, also known as romances, and collaborated with other playwrights Many of his plays were published in editions of varying quality and accuracy during his lifetime, and in 1623, two of his former theatrical colleagues published the First Folio, a collected edition of his dramatic works that included all but two of the plays now recognised as Shakespeare s.Shakespeare was a respected poet and playwright in his own day, but his reputation did not rise to its present heights until the nineteenth century The Romantics, in particular, acclaimed Shakespeare s genius, and the Victorians hero worshipped Shakespeare with a reverence that George Bernard Shaw called bardolatry In the twentieth century, his work was repeatedly adopted and rediscovered by new movements in scholarship and performance His plays remain highly popular today and are consistently performed and reinterpreted in diverse cultural and political contexts throughout the world.According to historians, Shakespeare wrote 37 plays and 154 sonnets throughout the span of his life Shakespeare s writing average was 1.5 plays a year since he first started writing in 1589 There have been plays and sonnets attributed to Shakespeare that were not authentically written by the great master of language and literature.


  • I just can't bring myself to love this play, although I believe I understand what Shakespeare is doing here. He takes a fairy tale plot, adds a fiercely realistic setting (complete with a pointless war and friendly fire), adds a desperately mismatched romantic couple (Helena, a commoner and a control-freak, a woman of great passion and intelligence, obsessively smitten with the noble Bertram, a proud, shallow boy), tops it off by giving the comedy a mindlessly optimistic title and then spending [...]

  • Not 3 1/2, 4I enjoyed this play more than I thought I would, partly due to the excellent production of it I watched. Certainly more to think about here than the previous two comedies I read.I. All’s Well That Ends WellThe name of this play has become almost a hackneyed phrase in the English language. It’s a phrase that hackneyed me has used countless times, since I became familiar with it so many decades ago. But for all that, it’s not one of Shakespeare’s more popular plays, and is seld [...]

  • All's well that ends wellre, but does it really end well? Really?A simple maid with the one remedy for what ails the king, cures him and receives as her reward the hand in marriage of a high-born courtier. The groom-to-be won't submit to wed such a lowly personage, nay! His refusal is seen as base and tarnishes his reputation, so he flees to the wars, for it is through deeds of bravery that he will redeem himself. Slight of hand and high japery set the scene for misunderstandings and tricky ruse [...]

  • “Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.”― William Shakespeare, All's Well That Ends WellThe most clearly problematic of Shakespeare's "Problem Plays" . Don't get me wrong. I love the dark, ambiguous, almost nihilistically modern tone of this period of Shakespeare. I think the peak of the three plays is clearly 1st: Measure for Measure, followed by 2nd: Troilus and Cressida, and 3rd: lastly, this.To bastardize a line from Shakespeare's M4M to fit my cause and purpose:"They say, best men p [...]

  • Where can you go after writing Hamlet? Only into the bitterest depths of irony and nihilism, apparently. All’s Well That Ends Well is part of the problem play trilogy that followed soon after the Danish Prince’s demise and Malvolio’s humiliation, and it appears on the surface to be less twisted than both Troilus and Cressida and Measure for Measure. But don’t be fooled. Shakespeare plays one of his greatest tricks on the audience here, achieving something difficult and deeply unsatisfyin [...]

  • المسرحية دي ليها قصة مختلفة معايا أول كتاب روائي اقرأه بحياتي، وكانت البدايات إن هواية القراءة تَنضُج عندي أول مرة قرأتها كانت تعريب لبناني لـ"أنطوان مشاطي" وكانت بتعبيرات عربية مبسطة فيها طابع روائي عن الطابع المسرحية الموسيقية فضلت 4 سنين بدور عليها في جميع معارض مصر للأ [...]

  • "Totu-i bine când se sfârşeşte bine", piesa lui Shakespeare, este o tragedie evitată în ultimul moment (a se consemna!). Poate din pricina asta, critica literară consideră piesa o comedie. E drept că titlul oferă, aparent, nuanţe comice, însă eu n-am văzut niciun dram de comic în piesă. Este mai degrabă o drama a cărei ultima scenă al ultimului act este comică (deoarece toţi sunt împăcaţi).Nuanţele dramatice ale piesei (ce pot fi sesizate abia astăzi, iar nu în epoca l [...]

  • ALright, obviously I am biased - being that I will be playing the heroine May through Septemberbut before all that, when I first read this play last winter it became my favorite play by Shakespeare. This is the best edition f the play, and has a brilliant introduction. Helena is the first female physician ever created, and her strength, daring, and unabashed lack of self-respect where her feelings for Bertram are concerned make her a fascinating subject and a great role model in many ways. This [...]

  • Summary:"Set in France and Italy, All's Well That Ends Well is a story of one-sided romance, based on a tale from Boccaccio's The Decameron.Helen, orphaned daughter of a doctor, is under the protection of the widowed Countess of Rossillion.In love with Bertram, the countess' son, Helen follows him to court, where she cures the sick French king of an apparently fatal illness.The king rewards Helen by offering her the husband of her choice. She names Bertram; he resists.When forced by the king to [...]

  • I believe some-one who reads my reviews wanted me not to spoil this play - well I'm gonna, so stop reading now if you don't want to know any plot details!This is considered one of the "problem" play, as far as I can tell, because it doesn't really fit neatly into any of the standard genres of the period. It certainly isn't Tragedy or History and despite having an irrelevant and silly side plot in the vein of Much Ado About Nothing or Twelfth Night, it doesn't really hold up as a Comedy in the se [...]

  • Another play in which a heroine who would be admirable and appealing except for her misguided affections pursues an (exceptionally) unworthy love-interest with pathetic devotion. Bertram's distaste for his forced marriage is noxiously expressed, and, yet, I felt some sympathy for his feelings of repulsion for Helen's sticky, fawning devotion. Still, in his dealings with Diana he continues to prove himself a truly loathsome fellow who thoroughly deserves a dire fate. Which makes his “happily ev [...]

  • Helena loves Bertram. Bertram does not love Helena. Helena saves king, King marries them. Bertram runs away. Helena chases. He takes up sex with virgins. She tricks him. In the end Bertram loves Helena, and All's Well That Ends Well.

  • Time for another run-through of Shakespeare's plays. The last time I did this, I wrote an article for the Mercury News about reading all the plays in alphabetical order, which meant I had to start with All's Well That Ends Well. I called it one of Shakespeare's worst plays, which rather shocked an academic friend of mine who is uneasy about such critical judgments. So I promised myself that this time around I wouldn't start out with such a harshly prejudicial point of view.I still hold that if y [...]

  • Huh. "Problem Play." Well, it's certainly problematic! Not his best, by far, in terms of dialogue, but really interesting when it comes to inverting traditional gender roles and casting doubt onto common tropes of romantic comedies.I kind of think this is a more mature version of Two Gentlemen of Verona. (Spoilers for both plays)(view spoiler)[In both you've got a crazily obsessed woman going after a man when she should have turned around and walked away.Proteus has to be stopped from raping Sil [...]

  • HELENA: I am hopelessly in love with Bertram! But he is a count and I am but a lowly physician's daughter and the ward of his mother the Countess! Woe!RANDOM GUY: Hey, the king's sick!HELENA: Well, I am a physician's daughterKING: You have cured me, Helena! I'll give you anything you want. What would that be? Gold? Pretty baubles? A new dress?HELENA: BertramNG: Well, I am king. So be it!BETRAM: AH HELL NO. *runs away to fight with the Duke of Florence*HELENA: Woe! Bertram will never be my true s [...]

  • All's Well That Ends Well, William Shakespeareعنوان: نیک آن باشد که انجامش نکوست؛ نویسنده: ویلیام شکسپیر؛ مترجم: فریده مهدوی دامغانی؛ اهواز، تیر، 1378، در 159 ص؛ شابک: 9646581048؛ چاپ پنجم 1379؛ موضوع: نمایشنامه های نویسندگان انگلیسی قرن 17 م

  • "المواهب إذا لم تقترن بالفضيلة تتحول إلى نقائص مخزية."|"أود أن أموت لأني لا أحب أن أكون مصباحا خاليا من الزيت لا أضيء للأجيال التي خبا ذكاؤها ولم تعد آمالها تتعدى أناقة الملابس وبهرجة المظاهر التي تتبدد قبل أن يتغير زي الثياب."|"أحبب كل الناس يا ولدي، ولا تثق إلا بالنخبة منهم دو [...]

  • I'm not even attempting to make informative, original reviews on my run through the great mans work. I'm not the man for the job.When reading his plays for the first time I'm not afraid to admit I don't always pick everything up. And I'm sure a lot of his great words in general are wasted on me.However I am so often struck by the beauty of his language or the insight his words and story convey that I can't help but enjoy them. and leave the reading happier and somehow more enlightened. If someti [...]

  • Spoiler Alert - if you REALLY don't know how this play ends after a premise like that, then I'm giving you a fair warning - spoilers ahead!All's well that ends well is it though?It's one of those plays that you don'r really like anyone, because even Helena, who is loved by everyone (well, except for her husband) turns out to be a manipulative bitch that tricks Bertram into staying with her. Ok, he is an asshole, but does the end justifies the means though? Does he deserves to be tricked into mar [...]

  • A confession. I get the plays that begin with 'A' confused: Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, All's Well. It was a jolt to realize that I'd never before read All's Well. Since the aphorism is so well known, I had assumed I knew it. Ha!It was painful to watch Helena — a physician! — fling herself on the massively unworthy Bertram. Shakespeare never gave us one reason to wish Helena success in her quest to be Mrs. Bertram. On the other hand, I felt a pang of sympathy for the blockhead. T [...]

  • How do you go about reviewing a work that must have been described, analysed and generally pulled apart by thousands of readers, writers, scholars and professional reviewers? Well, as I see it, the only thing to do is give a very personal opinion.Shakespeare is, of course, our national bard, our cultural hero, if we write in English. So, the reviewer better beware if he says anything untoward. But I set myself a target and I'm determined to hit it. The target? As a writer, to read and review at [...]

  • I read this play a number of years ago; it struck me then that the character of Bertram, the young man is who married off to a woman who loves him deeply but whom he doesn't love in the least, is a difficult part to play. At first he behaves as someone stuck in a position might: he flees the scene. In the climax he's cornered by his own foolishness, and has to turn around and claim the love of the woman. Of course marriage in those days wasn't necessarily looked upon only in the romantic love se [...]

  • Helena wants to marry Bertram but he wants to go the king to be sended to the war as a soldier. Meanwhile the king is ill but Helena promise to have something to heal him.It's an interesting drama. Really weird but it is Shakespeare and he is the best to describe scenes between a king and a maid.I love Shakespeare. Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.oh, and put a ring on. Maybe it is of the kings, or from Bertram.

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  • All's Well That Ends Well I guess?A lot in this play is problematic as hell but I still admire the work because it was short and simple and written by the master of words Shakespeare.Overall, an interesting and witty read.

  • While Shakespearean comedy is generally not my cup-of-tea, this play was surprisingly enjoyable. The presence of a female lead protagonist (extremely rare in Shakespeare; this may have been the first one I've ever seen in his works, though my memory is really fuzzy on As You Like It, and Rosalind may also fit this category), a rapidly-twisting plot that constantly kept me on-edge, and a lack of the comic relief plot lines that tend to annoy me in most of his comedies (there is one in this play, [...]

  • I periodically pick up my Shakespeare anthology to soak in the timeless wisdom, and rarely am I disappointed. But there's a first time for everything. I suppose even Shakespeare slipped into prosaic demagoguery every once in a while in order to set his barbs deeper into the more vulgar members of the adoring public. All's Well That Ends Well didn't pack the same punch with an undercurrent of meaning that I look for in grandfather Bill's bottom lines. It was a fun, unpredictable story that made g [...]

  • There are parts of this particular play that I really like. The storyline and especially the ending (All's Well that Ends Well) that has gotten so much grief are actually the reasons I like it. I enjoy that it has a bit of a bitterness to it even though it's a comedy. And the comedic parts are indeed funny. I did have a really hard time with the actual writing. The verse and prose are all over the place with no real reason for how they are chosen. There is not the calculation that we see in most [...]

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