Fathers and Daughters in Selected Shakespearean Plays

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GRIN Verlag, 2010 - 24 pages
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Seminar paper from the year 2009 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 2, University of Cologne, language: English, abstract: Introduction Though the impression that numerous Shakespearean plays on fathers and daughters are very similar to each other is awaken, however this is not true. Many plays depict the same situations with similar circumstances, still it is a great fallacy to suppose that there is only few variation. Indisputably each play has different essential themes, different focus and particulars. Many elements seem similar or actually are really similar, however Shakespeare's subtle works are nevertheless unique and ingenious - each peace of work its own way. Among Shakespeare's tragedies and comedies there are a lot of plays in which the relationship between parents with their children is focussed. Particularly interesting is the relationship between fathers and daughters as it is most controversial. Shakespeare destines most of the father- daughter pairs to fail. Usually the father proves to be inept and incapable as he neither knows his own child's nature, nor is he able or willing to get to know her. His paternal authority does not allow him to descent on his daughter's level and make an attempt to understand her will and her needs. All the inept fathers of the further discussed plays undergo punishment - the death, either his daughter's or his own or both die. On that account he can be empathised with, of course, but yet it is often his lack of wisdom which results in a tragedy. Most of Shakespearian daughters are rebels who contradict their father's word and will. Obedience is every daughter's main duty and those who make an exception to the rule are definitely just as incapable daughters. However in comedies it is perfectly legitimate for a daughter to make her own choices and still be happy. Whereas in tragedies Shakespeare is not very generous with his
 

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