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The Two Gentlemen of Verona ➺ [Download] ➶ The Two Gentlemen of Verona By William Shakespeare ➻ – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk While the word “gentlemen” suggests that its heroes are adults, The Two Gentlemen of Verona is more intelligible if we think of them as boys, leaving home for the first time One has a crush on a g While the Gentlemen of eBook ✓ word “gentlemen” suggests that its heroes are adults, The Two Gentlemen of Verona is intelligible if we think of them as boys, leaving home for the first time One has a crush on a girl, Julia, though he hasn’t yet told her Sent to court to learn to be “perfect gentlemen,” Valentine and Proteus are derailed by their The Two PDF/EPUB or attraction to Sylvia, the ruler’s daughter Valentine’s mental denseness does not deter Sylvia from returning his love, but he is caught, and banished, when he tries to elope with her Proteus’s desire for Sylvia wipes out his former love, leading him into despicable acts that win scorn from Sylvia and wound Julia, who has pursued him disguised as a boy When Two Gentlemen of PDF Ì Sylvia follows Valentine into banishment, Proteus follows Sylvia, and Julia follows Proteus, the stage is set for a disturbing ending But the stage is also set for the “gentlemen” to take small steps toward maturity The authoritative edition of The Two Gentlemen of Verona from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the trusted and widely used Shakespeare series for students and general readers, includes: Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play Scenebyscene plot summaries A key to the play’s famous lines and phrases An introduction to reading Shakespeare’s language An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play Fresh images from the Folger Shakespeare Library’s vast holdings of rare books An annotated guide to further reading Essay by Jeffrey Masten The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, is home to the world’s largest collection of Shakespeare’s printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs For information, visit Folger.


10 thoughts on “The Two Gentlemen of Verona

  1. Barry Pierce Barry Pierce says:

    There is literally a whole monologue in which a guy complains about his dog pissing on everything.


  2. Bill Kerwin Bill Kerwin says:


    Early in Two Gentlemen of Verona, a character refers to a shallow tale of deep love, but the play he himself inhabits is something worse, at least where the affection of these two gentlemen are concerned: it is a shallow tale of shallow love.

    Proteus shifts his love from one woman to another as quickly as he changes cities, and Valentine is prepared to give up the woman he loves to his friend Proteus, a person who has betrayed his trust and threatened his beloved with rape, all because Proteus tenders a perfunctory apology only after he is caught in the act.

    Through all of this, the gentlewomen Julia and Sylvia persist in loving their unworthy men with surprisingly little protest. These four well-born characters are so poorly developed--little more than sketches, really--that their shallowness and odd behavior seem more the fault of poor dramaturgy than a commentary on upper-class manners and morals. (Some critics think this play may be Shakespeare's first effort, and I am inclined to think they may be right.)

    And yet . . . and yet . . . there's a lot here to like if you're a fan of Shakespearean comedy. All the elements of the classic Shakespearean comic romance are here: topsy-turvy loves, a girl dressed as a boy, comic suitors, a lovely song, a fairy tale forest inhabited by unusual beings (in this case a bunch of Robin Hood types) where surprising things happen, and a pat (perhaps too pat) happy ending. And then, of course, there are the clowns.

    Launce, the principal clown of Two Gentlemen of Verona is the best thing in the play. He is so sweet toward his dog Crab and so practical in his views on the choice of a mate that he puts all the upper-class characters to shame. He lingers in our memory long after the two shallow gentlemen of Verona and their unfortunate loves have departed. And--even though this is an early play--I cannot keep from harboring the suspicion that Launce was created to do exactly this: to place the gentlemen of the title in ironic quotations and reveal Proteus and Valentine for the empty suits they are.


  3. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    The Two Gentlemen of Verona, William Shakespeare

    The Two Gentlemen of Verona is a comedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1589 and 1593.

    It is considered by some to be Shakespeare's first play, and is often seen as showing his first tentative steps in laying out some of the themes and motifs with which he would later deal in more detail; for example, it is the first of his plays in which a heroine dresses as a boy.

    The play deals with the themes of friendship and infidelity, the conflict between friendship and love, and the foolish behavior of people in love.

    The highlight of the play is considered by some to be Launce, the clownish servant of Proteus, and his dog Crab, to whom the most scene-stealing non-speaking role in the canon has been attributed.

    تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز چهاردهم ماه سپتامبر سال 2015میلادی

    عنوان: نجیب‌زادگان ورونایی؛ نویسنده: ویلیام شکسپیر؛ اقتباس چارلز و مری لمب؛ ترجمه و اقتباس علی اکبر عبدالهی؛ تهران نقش قلم‏‫، 1393؛ در 48ص؛ شابک 9789648008371؛ چاپ دوم تهران: نقش قلم انتشارات دبیر‏‫٬ 1396؛ در 48ص؛ ‬موضوع: نمایشنامه های نویسندگان بریتانیایی - سده 17م

    عنوان: دو نجیب‌زاده‌ ی ورونا؛ نویسنده: ویلیام شکسپیر؛ به روایت: سیدنوید سیدعلی‌اکبر؛ تهران نشر هوپا‏‫، 1398؛ در 96ص؛ شابک 9786222041687؛

    دو نجیب‌زاده ی ورونایی؛ نمایشنامه‌ ای کمدی، اثر «ویلیام شکسپیر» است، که در بین سال‌های 1589میلادی و 1593میلادی نگاشته شده‌ است؛ «پروتئوس»، و «والنتاین»، دو جنتلمن جوان، از اهالی «ورونا»، که سال‌ها دوستان خوب و معتمد هم بوده‌ اند، با مسافرت «والنتاین»، به «میلان»، و دربار امپراتور، از هم جدا می‌شوند.؛ «پروتئوس»، که عاشق «ژولیا»ی آسمانی است، در شهر می‌ماند، تا شاید به کام دل برسد؛ «پروتئوس»، نزدیک است به کام دل خود برسد، چون پدرش از ماجرا باخبر شده، و باورمند است که برای مرد، هیچ خوبیت ندارد، که در جوانی سیر و سفر نکند، او را به دنبال «والنتاین»، به «میلان» می‌فرستد…؛

    داستان درگیری «پروتئوس-جولیا (ژولیا)» نزدیک‌ترین شباهت را با درگیری‌های دو شخصیت «فلیکس-فلیسمنا»، در رمان «دیانا انامورادا»، اثر عاشقانه ی اسپانیایی، نوشته ی: «خورخه دو مونته مایر»، در سال 1582میلادی دارد.؛ برای بقیه ی نمایشنامه، تطابق دیگری پیدا نشده‌ است، اما رفاقت بین رقبا در مثلث‌های عشقی، در ادبیات رنسانس، متداول بوده‌ است.؛

    این نمایش در پنج پرده تدوین شده، و دارای سیزده شخصیت، و تعدادی سیاهی لشکر است. شخصیت‌های اصلی نمایشنامه: «والنتاین: جنتلمن و از خاندانی خوب، دوستی واقعی و همیشه عاشق.»؛ «پروتئوس: بدجنس و بوقلمون صفت، خائن به مقام دوستی و عشق.»؛ «سیلویا: بانویی دل‌نشین و زیبا، دختر دوک میلان و معشوقه ی والنتاین.»؛ «ژولیا: دوستدار همیشگی پروتئوس که به ناگزیر به هیئت پسران درمی‌آید.»؛ «ثوریو: عاشق و خواستگار ثروتمند و دست و پا چلفتی سیلویا، رقیب زشت و ابله والنتاین.»؛ «عالیجناب اگلامور»؛ «آنتونیو»؛ «دوک میلان»؛ «اسپید»؛ «لانس»؛ «کرب»؛ «لوستا»؛ «پانتینو»؛ «راهزنان بیشه‌ های بیرون مانتوآ»، «خدمتکاران»، «نوازندگان»، و «قراولان»؛ مکان رخداد رویدادهای نمایشنامه: «ورونا»، «میلان» و «بیشه‌ ای نزدیک مانتوآ.»؛

    تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 04/05/1399هجری خورشیدی؛ ا. شربیانی


  4. Michael Finocchiaro Michael Finocchiaro says:

    Allegedly, Shakespeare’s first play, Two Gentleman of Verona is a farcical love story complete with a cross-dressing lover, à loquacious dog owner, and many humorous scenes. One must look past the two anti-Semitic references and the misogyny of the story and deign to appreciate the clever dialogues. This is not Shakespeare’s best work, but as one of his earliest works, it does feature many devices that he will exploit later (mistaken identity, voice offs, mix of blind verse and rhyming poetry as well as poems inside the play). It remains an interesting play and a fun read.


  5. Calista Calista says:

    The ending on this one is strange indeed. That ending really makes the book hard to accept as a modern reader. I read some commentary and people were speaking of this being about friendship between men and how important that was, but it excuses rape. It really soured the book for me and I can't say I enjoy this much. Some say that the ending was not well liked and someone rewrote the ending after his death - but is this really a better ending. I can't recommend this book.


  6. Lisa Lisa says:

    Metamorphoses in love and friendship, and a dog called Crab

    Shakespeare’s first play, a comedy on friendship, love, deception and character change, shows the wit and humour, the funny dialogues and fast-paced, two-faced action that will soon crown him the uncontested king of drama. With the forgiving, unifying prospect of a double marriage after dramatic conflict, “one feast, one house, one mutual happiness”, it has a catchy, sweet happy ending.

    What will stay with me from this reading, apart from the pleasure I always feel after immersing myself in the linguistic brilliance of Shakespeare? What makes “The Two Gentlemen Of Verona” special to me?

    I will have to answer: A Dog Called Crab!

    Rarely have I been more amused than when Lance, his frustrated owner, held a speech to the most heartless dog in the world, thus mirroring the carelessness of human beings in their close relationships in an inimitable, Shakespearean way. The dog Crab will be my special treasure from this Shakespeare play, the very first pearl on that long string:

    “I think Crab, my dog, be the sourest-natured dog that lives. My mother weeping, my father wailing, my sister crying, our maid howling, our cat wringing her hands, and all our house in a great perplexity, yet did not this cruel-hearted cur shed one tear. He is a stone, a very pebble-stone, and has no more pity in him than a dog.”

    Dogs do what dogs do, and that goes for the ones that are human as well.


  7. Riku Sayuj Riku Sayuj says:


    The Two Cads of Verona

    Will’s first tentative venture - and it tells a lot about the play that one of the reasons it is considered so is precisely because of the quality of the play! The critics just couldn’t imagine that Shakespeare would stumble and stoop and be so clumsy once he knew his way around the theater. What can I say, it was cute. Yup, cute, if I should leave it at that, and more if I need not...

    Friendship, Betrayal, Love, Displacement and finally Reconciliation: these themes are present in nascent undeveloped forms. But they convey no depth and no “invention of the human”. They do not move the reader’s soul like they do in more powerful plays.

    In fact, one could argue that The Merchant of Venice picks up some of the aspects of this play such as supposedly-loyal-friendship & loyal-lover-in-disguise; and perhaps King Lear and Othello the aspect of betrayal-by-best-buddy; perhaps even A Midsummer Night’s Dream’s exploration of the restorative virtues of a magical displacement from the ordinary to restore order to the world — but they all do so without the irritating naivete of the betrayer, the cloyingly easy reconciliation or the jarring effects induced by the transition, respectively. Besides, they do so with much better dramatic structure/tension and dialogues which are not best forgotten.

    Add to all this that the “Gentlemen” of the play are so far from being gentlemen of any sort - the play is filled with either idiocy or lies/betrayal by one of the two heroes, including an act of rape and immediate forgiveness, in addition to assorted instances of general unconcern for the female view of things. It is hard to not be a bit angry at Shakespeare for being so callous — unless we take refuge in the calming words of critics who assure us that Shakespeare was deftly playing male-male friendship against male-female love in this play — and here friendship emerges superior to love, which was merely an unnecessary disturbance in the orderly world of friendship (Typically explored in the juvenile “love-triangle” moves where a girl comes between two guy friends, and one has to sacrifice for the other). It might even be believable, this theory, if we imagine a very young Shakespeare writing the play (or planning the play) while skeptical of love, but with full knowledge of the joys of friendship. That is stretching it though, and I remain as disturbed by the ending of the play as I would have been if Othello had hugged Iago, forgiven him for his crimes and told him that if he wanted Desdemona, all he had to do was just ask. Friendship trumps love, right?

    PROTEUS
    My shame and guilt confounds me.
    Forgive me, Valentine: if hearty sorrow
    Be a sufficient ransom for offence,
    I tender 't here; I do as truly suffer
    As e'er I did commit.

    VALENTINE
    Then I am paid;
    And once again I do receive thee honest.
    Who by repentance is not satisfied
    Is nor of heaven nor earth, for these are pleased.
    By penitence the Eternal's wrath's appeased:
    And, that my love may appear plain and free,
    All that was mine in Silvia I give thee.


    Despite all this, the play is fascinating in a historical context, if we move outside the play itself and look at the oeuvre. Then this could be a place where we can know a bit more about the master playwright’s craft than in other plays, for here some of the method shows through and that is worth revisiting the play for. As Charles Nicholl says:

    “The play has its flaws, but in a sense they are part of its fascination. While the technical mastery of his mature comedies leaves one gasping, The Two Gentlemen has a kind of guileless transparency; it lets us in on its secrets. We see the young (or youngish) Shakespeare at work, the apprentice poet carefully blending the ingredients of love, confusion and drollery that will become familiar in subsequent comedies.”


  8. Kelly Kelly says:

    This one was promising when it started out. The premise is essentially: two overprivileged self-centered teenage boys (Valentine and Proteus) go on study abroad. They are of course polar opposite best friends, natch, with very silly personal servants to comment on their even sillier masters' actions. One of them is a believer in the Power of Love and wants to stay home with the lady he SWOONS, he DIES for (for awhile anyway....), the other one doesn't believe in love and wants to go off adventuring- but then falls in love! Hijinx ensue! Usually coming of age stuff annoys me, but this was a good set up. Unfortunately, once Shakespeare got to the point where he had to, you know, create a Conflict to be Resolved!... it all got very confused and went pretty quickly downhill into a bunch of tangled, underdeveloped nonsense.

    But! That said, this is an early Shakespeare comedy, so obviously one has to cut him a lot of slack. I would pretty much only say to read this if you have an interest in seeing Shakespeare's development as a writer- this shows where some of the ideas for his later comedies come from. Julia is a pathetic Helena in Rosalind-like disguise, and her plotline is a condensed version of the cross-dressing angst to come in Twelfth Night and As You Like It. Unfortunately, her guy (Proteus) is more like Demetrius than Orlando. (Except, hilariously, Shakespeare doesn't even bother with a love potion to explain his end re-conversion. He's just all, Men are dogs, dude, right, right?? and has the guy basically accepting that although he might want to, he's not going to do any better than Julia, and her totally buying it.) Silvia, the other love interest female, is a boringly perfect version of Hermia, and her dude, Valentine, is actually a more interesting version of Lysander. (There are outlaws involved, that's all I'm saying.) It's hard not to recognize the early, unpolished beginnings of a loooot of dialogue from the above mentioned, much better comedies.

    The two low comedy servants are pretty much the best part of the play. Speed's monologue, especially. You'll know which one I mean when you hit it.


  9. Hailey (Hailey in Bookland) Hailey (Hailey in Bookland) says:

    This is probably one of, if not my least favourite of Shakespeare's plays I've read thus far. I don't know if it was the storyline or the characters, but something about it just was not enjoyable for me.


  10. K. Elizabeth K. Elizabeth says:

    1/5 Stars

    Yeah... no thank you. I had to read this in my Shakespeare class this week, and let me tell you, as Shakespeare's first play, it's not his best. Midsummer's Night Dream is far better, and I would recommend anyone read that (if you want to read something by Shakespeare).

    Otherwise, this wasn't too good.
    Though there was one part that made me laugh - but that was it.


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