William Shakespeare, All's Well That Ends Well

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Louise Harrington (Cardiff University)

Along with Measure For Measure and Troilus and Cressida, All’s Well That Ends Well is traditionally labeled a “problem play”. This term derives from F. S. Boas’s 1896 study, Shakespeare and His Predecessors, which considered All’s Well That Ends WellMeasure For MeasureTroilus 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 follows a comic trajectory that ends in marriage, but that marriage is …

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Citation: Harrington, Louise. "All's Well That Ends Well". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 29 April 2004; last revised 07 June 2020. [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=6776, accessed 08 February 2023.]

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