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Don Armado announces he will swear a similar oath to Jaquenetta and then presents the nobles with a song. This means that the witty portrayal of Navarre's court could remain reasonably effective until the assassination of Henry IV in Such considerations suggest that the portrayals of Navarre and the civil-war generals presented Elizabethan audiences not with a mere collection of French names in the news, but with an added dramatic dimension which, once lost, helps to account for the eclipse Love's Labour's Lost soon underwent.
Critics have attempted to draw connections between notable Elizabethan English persons and the characters of Don Armado, Moth, Sir Nathaniel, and Holofernes, with little success. Most modern scholars believe the play was written in or , making it contemporaneous with Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night's Dream. The title page states that the play was "Newly corrected and augmented by W. Shakespere," which has suggested to some scholars a revision of an earlier version. Love's Labour's Won is considered by some to be a lost sequel.
The play also features the single longest word in all of Shakespeare's plays: honorificabilitudinitatibus , spoken by Costard at 5.
The speech given by Berowne at 4. Shakespeare critic and editor Edward Capell has pointed out that certain passages within the speech seem to be redundant and argues that these passages represent a first draft which was not adequately corrected before going to print.
The title is normally given as Love's Labour's Lost. The use of apostrophes varies in early editions.
The desire Laura and Paul hold for each other lies dormant, frustrated by the workplace realities of manager and employee. For Paul, this buried longing is. Articulating desire can be a fraught act, especially for women. In many ways, the patriarchal mindset still undergirding society isn't comfortable.
In the Third Folio it appears for the first time with the modern punctuation and spelling as Love's Labour's Lost. Hale suggests that the witty alliteration of the title is in keeping with the pedantic nature of the play. Love's Labour's Lost abounds in sophisticated wordplay, puns, and literary allusions and is filled with clever pastiches of contemporary poetic forms. It has never been among Shakespeare's most popular plays, probably because its pedantic humour and linguistic density are extremely demanding of contemporary theatregoers.
Masculine desire structures the play and helps to shape its action. The men's sexual appetite manifests in their desire for fame and honour; the notion of women as dangerous to masculinity and intellect is established early on.
The King and his Lords' desires for their idealized women are deferred, confused, and ridiculed throughout the play. As the play comes to a close, their desire is deferred yet again, resulting in an increased exaltation of the women. Critic Mark Breitenberg commented that the use of idealistic poetry, popularized by Petrarch , effectively becomes the textualized form of the male gaze. Don Armado also represents masculine desire through his relentless pursuit of Jacquenetta. The theme of desire is heightened by the concern of increasing female sexuality throughout the Renaissance period and the subsequent threat of cuckoldry.
Politics of love, marriage, and power are equally forceful in shaping the thread of masculine desire that drives the plot. The term 'reckoning' is used in its multiple meanings throughout the Shakespeare canon. Though the play entwines fantasy and reality, the arrival of the messenger to announce the death of the Princess's father ultimately brings this notion to a head. Scholar Cynthia Lewis suggested that the appearance of the final reckoning is necessary in reminding the lovers of the seriousness of marriage.
This is presented in stark contrast to the final scene, in which the act of reckoning cannot be avoided. In acknowledging the consequences of his actions, Don Armado is the only one to deal with his reckoning in a noble manner. The Lords and the King effectively pass judgement on themselves, revealing their true moral character when mocking the players during the representation of the Nine Worthies. Similar to reckoning is the notion of rationalization, which provides the basis for the swift change in the ladies' feelings for the men.
The ladies are able to talk themselves into falling in love with the men due to the rationalization of the men's purported flaws. Lewis concluded that "the proclivity to rationalize a position, a like, or a dislike, is linked in Love's Labour's Lost with the difficulty of reckoning absolute value, whose slipperiness is indicated throughout the play. The Lords and the King's declaration of abstinence is a fancy that falls short of achievement.
This fantasy rests on the men's idea that the resulting fame will allow them to circumvent death and oblivion, a fantastical notion itself. Within moments of swearing their oath, it becomes clear that their fantastical goal is unachievable given the reality of the world, the unnatural state of abstinence itself, and the arrival of the Princess and her ladies. This juxtaposition ultimately lends itself to the irony and humour in the play.
The commoners represent the theme of reality and achievement versus fantasy via their production regarding the Nine Worthies. Like the men's fantastical pursuit of fame, the play within a play represents the commoners' concern with fame. The relationship between the fantasy of love and the reality of worthwhile achievement, a popular Renaissance topic, is also utilized throughout the play. Don Armado attempts to reconcile these opposite desires using Worthies who fell in love as model examples.
The Princess, though originally "craving quick dispatch," quickly falls under the spell of love and abandons her urgent business. This suggests that the majority of the action takes place within a fantasy world. Only with the news of the Princess's father's death are time and reality reawakened. The songs of spring and winter, titled "Ver and Hiems" and "The Cuckoo and the Owl", respectively, occur near the end of the play. Given the critical controversy regarding the exact dating of Love's Labour's Lost , there is some indication that "the songs belong to the additions.
Different interpretations of the meaning of these songs include: optimistic commentary for the future, bleak commentary regarding the recent announcement of death, or an ironic device by which to direct the King and his Lords towards a new outlook on love and life. Due to the opposing nature of the two songs, they can be viewed as a debate on the opposing attitudes on love found throughout the play. The songs, a product of traditional comedic structure, are a method by which the play can be "[brought] within the periphery of the usual comic definition.
Critic Thomas Berger states that, regardless of the meaning of these final songs, they are important in their contrast with the lack of song throughout the rest of the play. Song is allowed into the world of the play at the beginning of Act III, after the Princess and her ladies have been introduced and the men begin to fall in love. Don Armado insists that Moth sing it twice, but he does not.
Berger infers that a song was intended to be inserted at this point, but was never written.
Had a song been inserted at this point of the play, it would have followed dramatic convention of the time, which often called for music between scenes. The earliest recorded performance of the play occurred at Christmas in at the Court before Queen Elizabeth. A second performance is recorded to have occurred in , either at the house of the Earl of Southampton or at that of Robert Cecil, Lord Cranborne. Simenon does not compromise in his portrayal of a character entirely devoid of redeeming features. He finds a family affectionate and caring towards one other. He could not believe that it was goodness that united them , because he did not believe in goodness.
Man is not good.