February 12, 2007

Get to the Point

Yachnin, ''Shakespare and the Idea of Obedience: Gonzalo in The Tempest -- Jerz EL312 (Literary Criticism)

Yachnin does have a good meaning behind this essay - I just don't knwow what it was supposed to be. I hate when authors bring in other works besides the work mentioned in the title because then the reader goes into the story not knowing what he/she is supposed to know to understand the refrences being made. ( I know that that was a huge run on sentence but I am very frustrated).

I do not know or have any information on Eastward Ho! or A Game of Chess, which is fine because I was still able to read his essay but I do not think that I got as much out of it as I would have liked.

Yachnin does point out important events that happened during the play.

"Shakespeare arranges the details in order to make Gonzalo's act clearly less tantamount to murder; however, as Prospero suggests, their lives were saved by Providence, not by Gonzalo. In essence, therefore, the acts of Antigonus and Gonzalo are virtually identical."

This is a great connection between the characters that I didn't make, even after reading the play three times. It's a shame because there is some good information in Yachnin's essay, but it's very difficult to find it because of all the information that is thrown at the reader.

Posted by GinaBurgese at February 12, 2007 9:13 PM | TrackBack
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