Ambiguous Alliances: Betrothal Confusion in Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor

Honaker, Kiersten
January 2006
Journal of the Wooden O Symposium;2006, Vol. 6, p35
Academic Journal
The article analyzes the confusion surrounding betrothal issues in the comedy "The Merry Wives of Windsor," by William Shakespeare. Conflicts surrounding marriage in early modern England can be understood in the social drama schema of Victor Turner, which he defines as units of aharmonic or disharmonic process, arising in conflict situations. The way in which Shakespeare draws on the confusing aspects of betrothal law to provide complications that drive the plot is explained.


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