Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Two Gentlemen of Verona Act 3, Scene 2


hey everybody! i decided to do a short scene today since i have HUGE project to finish and rehearsal tonight for Writes of Spring. i know i've said it before, but i'm saying it again: this play is great! i'm telling you, if you are a teacher or know a teacher or work with teenagers at all in any way, i think this would be a great choice for them to study and/or perform. it's so accessible and fun, and it would be easy to find ways to link it to their life experiences. which is always a plus. i recommend it!

act 3, scene 2
the Duke and Thurio enter at the Duke's palace. Thurio is complaining that Sylvia will have nothing to do with him since Valentine's banishment. the Duke tells him that time will heal that situation and all will be well. Proteus enters, and echoes the same sentiment. the Duke asks Proteus for advice on how to match up Thurio and Sylvia. Proteus suggests that they slander Valentine. the Duke thinks that if he and Thurio slander him, it will just come across as them hating him. Proteus suggests that the slander be performed by a friend, and of course the Duke asks Proteus to do it. after a tiny bit of resistance, Proteus agrees. Proteus brings up the fact that even if they DO get Sylvia to dislike Valentine, that won't mean that she will love Thurio. Thurio asks Proteus to praise him as he slanders Valentine. the Duke grants Proteus access to Sylvia, thinking she will be happy to see Valentine's friend. Proteus tells Thurio that he needs to get his act together. (see quote below.) he needs to get romantic, read her love poems, bring musicians to her window. Thurio agrees to do all of this that night, and they all part ways to prepare.

Proteus is very tricky. i love how he lures the Duke into saying what he wants him to say next. for instance, he totally leads the Duke into asking him to slander Valentine. and he makes it seem like it was the Duke's idea when it was really his all along. the only thing i don't understand is later in the scene when he tells Thurio to approach Sylvia with sonnets and music. he's giving him pretty good advice, telling him to be more romantic. what's he playing at? is there some set-up there that i just can't see yet? he seems far too tricky to let Sylvia be in danger of actually falling for him. i guess we will have to see!

i really hope Sylvia doesn't about-face and decide she loves Thurio or Proteus. if she does that, she will be entirely too silly for me.

okay, this is really random, but let's talk about lime for a second because this is something i learned today. this is in the quote of the day below. according to the footnotes: 'birdlime, a sticky substance smeared on twigs to ensnare small birds.' WHAT. why would anyone want to ensnare a small bird?!?!?

quote of the day:
'as much as i can do, i will effect.
but you, Sir Thurio, are not sharp enough.
you must lay lime to tangle her desires
by wailful sonnets, whose composed rhymes
should be full-fraught with serviceable vows.'

for tomorrow: act 4, scenes 1 and 2

-rebecca may

1 comment:

  1. I guess they wanted to either eat the birds (Didn't they bake them in pies like in the nursery rhyme?) or cage them to keep as pets.