1 down, 37 to go!
here is how our first play wrapped up:
the goldsmith (Angelo) runs into A and D of S with the chain, which really makes the goldsmith mad. Adriana, Luciana, and Emilia enter. A and D of S are deemed mad men and take sanctuary with the Abbess (Emilia). The Duke and Egeon enter on the way to Egeon's execution, and Adriana begs him to help her get A of S back from Emilia. Then, of course, A and D of E enter begging the Duke for help. everyone starts giving the Duke their conflicting sob stories. Egeon and A of E are getting really confused when A and D of S and Emilia FINALLY enter and everyone FINALLY sees each other. Egeon and Emilia are reunited, Egeon is released, all is forgiven, and everything is resolved (almost). the end.
a lot of this act was re-hashing what we just saw throughout the first four acts through dialogue with Duke and Emilia. i wonder if, in future plays, he Shakespeare will spend as much time doing this. i also wonder if the resolutions will become any less predictable or if last-minute twists will be thrown in. i have read and seen a lot of the comedies, but i've never thought about them like this before so i can't really remember how the conclusions are handled.
guess what wasn't resolved? all of the issues between A of E and Adriana. i find this interesting considering my questions yesterday involving Shakespeare's fascination with unruly women and the way in which he deals with marriage in his plays. the marriage we don't really see (Egeon and Emilia) ends up just swell. the marriage that is actually dealt with in the play (A of E and Adriana) is one of lies and misery. and in the end, nothing is resolved there. will they work things out and try to be better to each other? or will they continue their nasty behavior towards each other? we have no clue. i think that the treatment of their relationship is just as intriguing to me as the fact that Shakespeare doesn't try to resolve it. also, although Emilia lectures Adriana on her treatment of A of E, it is unclear whether or not Adriana will be tamed.
my questions and interests remain: marriages and unruly women. i can't wait to dig in to more plays and see what we find.
quote of the day:
'we came into the world like brother and brother,
and now let's go hand in hand, not one before another.'
-Antipholus of Ephesus; act 5, scene 1
NEXT UP! i will be reading the poem VENUS AND ADONIS.
for tomorrow: introduction and background, lines 1-126
friday: lines 127-570
saturday: lines 570-1194