The Two Gentlemen of Verona | Study Guide

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to myself am dearer than a friend. Proteus, Act II, Scene VI Sources: British Library, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Royal Shakespeare Company Copyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc. Fidelity & Faithlessness In Shakespeare’s Italy, loyalty can never be taken for granted. A Man’s World The play’s women face an uphill fight for self-determination. Themes Foolish Masters, Wise Servants Maids and valets are often the play’s most astute observers. After many blunders and mishaps, the two pairs of lovers are reunited. Acts IV–V: Mantua Woods To court Sylvia, Proteus drops Julia and betrays his best friend, Valentine. Act III: Milan Valentine leaves his hometown; Proteus follows soon after, leaving Julia behind. Acts I–II: Verona Boyhood friends Valentine and Proteus are driven apart by their love for Sylvia, the Duke of Milan’s daughter. When Valentine lets slip his plan to elope with Sylvia, Proteus informs the duke, thus getting his friend banished and clearing the way for his own attempt at courtship. A Friendly Rivalry Gone Awry OVERVIEW Gallant young gentleman; becomes uncharacteristically lovestruck when he moves to Milan Valentine Loyal to a fault; travels to Milan in disguise as a man to visit her beloved Proteus Julia Self-absorbed gentleman and fickle friend; betrays those closest to him Proteus Smart, strong-willed woman; too noble-minded to give in to Proteus’s wooing Sylvia Main Characters The world’s best-known English dramatist, Shakespeare penned more than three dozen plays over a prolific quarter century of writing for the stage. The Two Gentlemen of Verona, an early work, showcases many of the themes and plot devices that would later become mainstays of Shakespearean comedy. WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE1564–1616 Author English Original Language c. 1590–94 Years Written William Shakespeare Author The Two Gentlemen of Verona Comedy Play

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