William Shakespeare: All's Well That Ends Well

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  • Louise Harrington (University of Wales, Cardiff)

All’s Well That Ends Well is one of the group of Shakespeare plays (Measure For Measure and Troilus and Cressida are the others) that are traditionally termed “problem plays”. This term derives from F. S. Boas’s 1896 study Shakespeare and His Predecessors which considered All’s Well That Ends Well, Measure For Measure, Troilus and Cressida, and Hamlet to be “dramas so singular in theme and temper [that they] cannot be strictly called comedies or tragedies”. In common with the other “problem plays”, All’s Well That Ends Well contains troubling depictions of marriage, society, sex and women, and its tensions are not fully resolved at the play’s end; it h…

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Harrington, Louise. "All's Well That Ends Well". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 29 April 2004
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=6776, accessed 29 September 2016.]

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