The Two Gentlemen of Verona isn't going to win any awards, but it's a fun play. We used an entirely new format for this episode, focusing on character instead of doing a scene by scene analysis. Let us know what you think!
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The Two Gentlemen of Verona
2. Possibly Shakey's first play, certainly one of the first.
3. quite derivative of romantic comedies of the time
1. specifically comes from a few plays of the time, including some of Romeus and Juliet, notably the mention of Friar Laurence.
4. We see glimpses of what Shakespeare would do in later plays.
1. First appeared in the First Folio,
2. mentioned in 1598 Meres, people guess somewhere about 1590
1. Could be anywhere, really, impossible to know
1. 60 second summary
1. Proteus love Julia, Valentine goes off for adventure
2. Proteus pretends that his love letter is from Valentine, not Julia, gets sent after Valentine, both Valentine and Proteus fall in love with Sylvia
3. Julia follows Proteus dressed as a boy, becomes his servant type guy
4. Proteus betrays Valentine's plan to elope with Sylvia to her father Duke of Milan, he's found out, and exiled to the forest
5. Proteus tries to court Sylvia while pretending to help Thurio, Duke's choice of suitor, she rejects both
6. Valentine meets some thieves/noblemen, and becomes their king
7. Eglamore helps escape Sylvia into the woods, Proteus finds her there, where Valentine confronts him.
8. The lovers pair off, Thurio is intimidated by Valentine Duke of Milan declares Thurio a wuss, and all is well.
2. How to do the plot without taking forever?
1. Name comes from Ovid, the ever changing sea god. (Character is inconsistent)
1. Hard to come off as anything other than a jerk
1. wildly, passionately, devotedly, Hopelessly in love
2. Has a good speech about how his love changes in act 2 scene 4 and scene 6
1. Dressses as a boy, so an adventurer, I guess. Loves love more than honour
2. Has a good speech to her letter
3. has some good irony in act II scene 7 talking about how constant proteus is, since he's already abandoned her.
1. Romantic and dopey
2. good bit where he delivers a letter to himself
3. good speech on love act II scene IV
4. when exiled, says that it's comparable to death, since it's being separated from self, ie sylvia
1. just a target for love, I think
5. Duke of Milan
1. Clever, tricks Valentine act III scene I
1. Stupid, boring
1. Has some good speeches, most of the comedy is here
1. talking about leaving his family, with clothing as family members
2. punning contest act II scene 5
1. staff understands him, stands under him, haha
1. Act 4 Scene IV is Crab's time
1. has duels of wits with folks. Sheep in scene one, where it holds him late,
2. later Launce's letter, which holds him late
1. Friendship and loyalty
1. Mainly used as a way for critics to think of clever ways to mock it
1. The title is deceptive
2. the dog is the best character
1. Is Valentine giving Silvia to Proteus, or giving his love to Proteus?
2. modern version in two gents
3. BBC version is legit
9. Our thoughts
1. Jeff- Decent play, Proteus should die though.
2. decent play, but not something to seek out
11. Signing off
1. Democracy isn't government by the people, it's government of those who speak out.