Shakespeare's Critical Anthology - Quotes

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Love + Marriage: What Critic?
Lisa Hopkins - 'Marriage in Shakespeare's Comedies' 1998
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Quote 1
"despite the traditional view that marriage provides comic closure, this is, in fact, very rarely achieved" - Links to how characters such as Malvolio, Feste and Sir Andrew end the play in a sad a sullen way
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Quote 2
"marriage is used as the mainspring of the comedy" - E.g doubling; "Cesario, husband, stay!" "Husband?"
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Quote 3
"the audience is repeatedly encouraged to expect that the proceedings will be appropriately closed with a wedding" - "Orsino's mistress, and his fancy's queen"
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Quote 4
'It focuses primarily on the experience of the group, as apposed to the individualist" - Comedy focuses around groups of people, tragedy is an individual; links to Walter Kerr's article on tragedy v comedy
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Quote 5
"the spectator will be forced to question both the meaning of the events he or she has witnessed" - "If this were played upon a stage now, I would condemn it as an improbable fiction" - awareness of theatricality
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Puritanism + Malvolio: What Critic?
David Bevington - 'Twelfth Night; or What You Will" 2002
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"Malvolio is a well suited target for satire" - "They have propertied me, keep me in darkness"; humour surrounding the mocking / taunting of Malvolio due to his puritan beliefs
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Quote 2
"an enemy of merriment and hence a foe of the type of theatre that 'Twelfth Night' represents" - Reasoning for the satire; "My masters are you mad? Or what are you" + "Do ye make an alehouse of my lady's house?"
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Quote 3
"Purtian was a hot button issue when Shakespeare wrote Twelfth Night"
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Quote 4
"Malvolio is a hypocrite. Secretly he longs for pleasures of this world and for the authority to control others"
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Quote 5
"Only it seems, to the extent that Puritans too are likely to be hypocrites of this sort"
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Quote 6
"Feste, as Malvolio's nemesis and opposite number, is the apostle of merriment" - 'I admire you ladyship takes delight in such a barren rascal"
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"despite the traditional view that marriage provides comic closure, this is, in fact, very rarely achieved" - Links to how characters such as Malvolio, Feste and Sir Andrew end the play in a sad a sullen way

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"the audience is repeatedly encouraged to expect that the proceedings will be appropriately closed with a wedding" - "Orsino's mistress, and his fancy's queen"

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'It focuses primarily on the experience of the group, as apposed to the individualist" - Comedy focuses around groups of people, tragedy is an individual; links to Walter Kerr's article on tragedy v comedy

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