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Shakespeare Character Study Essay

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Bertram is a young,immature,stubborn, and a liar but if needed is ready to fight at a moment’s notice. In William Shakespeare’s play “All's well that ends well” he is one that is hard to understand. He seems like the perfect man, one who is not afraid and holds to his duty, but his actions tell a different story. “All's well that ends well” exhibits how far a woman will go to get the person she loves. As well as what a man would to not be married. This play is one of Shakespeare’s most well-known plays. Historically it is classified as a comedy, but some classify it as a problem play because of the way it mixes humor and tragedy.
Bertram is the young, inexperienced son of a Count. He believes that he is ready for war but the king has other ideas “I am commanded here, and kept a coil with "Too young" and "The next year" and "'Tis too early."”(2.1.27-28). He is impressionable and is influenced by Paroles. He desperately wants to find honor for himself, but he has no idea what true honor is
“Paroles: An thy mind stand to't, boy, steal away bravely.
Bertram: I shall stay here the forehorse to a smock,
Creaking my shoes on the plain masonry
Till honor be bought up and no sword worn
But one to dance with. By heaven, I'll steal away!
Lord: There's honor in the theft
Paroles:Commit it, count.” (2.1.29-34).
When he deserts his wife Helena it reaffirms his stubbornness. Just because he believes she is not his social equal he decides to runaway to war!? “ Oh, my Paroles, they have married me. I'll to the Tuscan war, and never bed her.” (2.3.270-271). He desperately wants to be considered a man but can't handle being married.
Throughout the course of the play, Bertram displays a despicable nature as he lies, deceives, and attempts to seduce a young virgin “Titled goddess, And worth it with addition. But, fair soul,In your fine frame hath love no quality? If the quick fire of youth light not your mind, You are no maiden but a monument.” (4.2.2-6). Keep in mind that adultery was illegal during these times. Even his mother, the Countess, is disgusted with his immature behavior. It’s a mark of his immaturity and emotional cowardice is that he does not tell Helena face to face about how he feels. Instead he writes down his feelings in a letter “When thou canst get the ring upon my finger, which never shall come off, …, but in such a...

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