All’s Well that Ends Well ★★★☆☆

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Title: All’s Well that Ends Well
Series: ———-
Author: William Shakespeare
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Genre: Play
Pages: 226
Format: Digital Edition




A young woman, Helena, the daughter of a famous doctor now deceased, has been taken under wing by the noble family Rousillon. She falls in love with the family heir, Bertram but knows her commoner status will prevent her from ever marrying Bertram. Helena remembers a secret formula that her father gave to her and uses it to cure the King of France (Boo!) who in turn pretty much grants her one wish. She chooses to marry Bertram and the King makes it so.

Bertram chooses to go to war to avoid his bride and falls in lust with a young lady where he is stationed. Helena tracks him down and tells her tale to the young lady. Shenanigans ensue and Bertram woos and beds his wife thinking it’s his paramour.

The young lady, under the direction of Helena, goes to the king to get justice and Bertram acts like a complete loser and denies everything. Helena jumps out of the closet with a secret ring and pregnant and claims Bertram as her own. Bertram is so overcome by his wife’s cleverness and determination that he falls in love with her.

The End.


My Thoughts:

I am guessing this was supposed to be one of Shakespeare’s comedies. Lots of clever wordplay where people make fun of each other and ham it up to the audience. However, I hated Bertram so half the play was a bust for me. He was just a jerk. The ending was as much a hollywood blockbuster ending as you could wish for, ie, everything gets resolved even if it makes no sense whatsoever.

It did take me a little while to get into the cadence of the reading this as a play and not as a novel. I also had to really slow down and think about what I was reading because how it was presented was not what I am used to. It is always a good thing to slow the reading down and not devour it like I am in a hotdog eating contest.

Overall, I am pleased at this start to my reading of the Complete Shakespeare.




18 thoughts on “All’s Well that Ends Well ★★★☆☆

  1. I am a little rusty so I was planning to listen to all the plays on audio, I’m hoping that will make it a bit easier for me. I haven’t read any since high school.

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      1. Hmm, well I’ll give it a try and see what happens. The one I was going to try has different people doing to voices of the characters, I’m hoping that helps.

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  2. I have a theatre background and I own Mr. Shakespeare’s complete works, yet I still don’t understand half of what his characters are saying. The language throws people off because (to borrow from Archer) “phrasing.” 17th century phrasing in this case. Most people today need to do some research to understand it all. There’s so much depth, subtext and innuendo, it’s crazy. But, if you get the hang of it, it’s pretty great. Side note: if you’ve never read “William Shakespeare’s Star Wars,” you should. It’s so much fun.

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    1. Yeah, from my read years and years ago I know the value of a good annotated version. Right now though I just want the raw material to familiarize myself with it.

      Next time around I plan on doing a more exhaustive study 🙂

      I started the first Ian Doescher book and couldn’t take it. So then I listened to the trilogy and loved it. So much better to listen to 🙂


    1. Wow, that is pretty bad. Anything you could pin down that made it so hard for you, or just in general?
      And with an experience like that, I can’t say I blame you for not touching another since 🙂

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      1. Probably just my 16 year-old self not investing in the story enough to bother trying to understand the story and its “humor”. I was told it was a comedy. Didn’t laugh once.

        I might try again now that I’ve matured as a reader somewhat.

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  3. I glanced back at my review of this play, I gave it 2 1/2 stars for the same reasons you wrote. I did point out Parolles providing an interesting subplot, what was your thoughts on the character?

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    1. I thought Shakespeare put him in to make Bertram look “not so bad”. That is how I was viewing him anyway. Because if it wasn’t that, I have NO idea why he or his subplot storyline was included.

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  4. Is this your clean fresh start to reading every by Shakez? Is there are a particular order you’re going through them or nah? I have always been curious of his work myself and have seen a couple of the classic ones throughout some courses, but I think it would be quite interesting to check them out outside of a “required reading” thing.

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    1. Yep, this is the beginning of an all you can read Shakespeare Buffet.
      I was gifted an ebook copy of a Complete Shakespeare by Manuel Antao and I think it is alphabetical by title.

      I’ve read enough of his stuff in highschool and college that I’m passingly familiar, but I know my knowledge is shallow, so this is a journey to deepen that knowledge. Hope it works! 😉

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