All's Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare

All's Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare

ISBN 978-1-60857-187-1

Grammardog Teacher's Guide contains 16 quizzes for this Shakespearean comedy.  All sentences are from the play.  Some sentences sound like proverbs (Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none).  Figurative language centers on love, marriage and courtship.  Alliteration creates a light-hearted tone (A young man married is a man that's marred).  Allusions to mythology include Cupid, Juno, Mars, Hercules and Jove.

PLOT SUMMARY: How far will a woman go to get the man of her dreams? The Grammardog Guide to ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL features sentences from the play in 16 grammar, style and proofreading quizzes that reinforce plot, characters and themes. The main character is Helena, a strong, intelligent, clever woman. Helena feels that a woman should have the right to pursue the man of her choice. Helena chooses Bertram. The problem? Helena is an orphan with no money. Bertram is of noble birth and doesn’t consider Helena to be an appropriate wife for him. Besides, he’s not ready to marry and he resents being pursued by a woman he didn’t choose. That doesn’t stop Helena who resorts to manipulation, guile and carefully developed strategies to get her man.

Helena saves the life of the king and is promised her choice of husband as a reward. Of course she chooses Bertram, but he doesn’t want to be her husband. Bertram runs away and joins the army. Helena pursues Bertram to the front lines of battle. She is rejected by him over and over again until at last she tricks him into consummating the marriage by disguising herself as another woman. The reluctant groom finally changes his mind about Helena and sees her in a new light. Bertram comes to value Helena’s resourcefulness, loyalty and persistence as proof of her love for him. Helena is an early role model for modern women who know their worth and boldly seek their dreams, even if it means challenging society’s expectations and traditional courtship customs. Comparisons of love to war abound in this play. In spite of all the rough ground covered and all the battles fought in the course of this romance, everything turns out happily in the end.

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