Shakespeare’s All’s good That Ends Well is the tale of its heroine, Helen, extra so than the tale of Bertram, for whose love she yearns. Helen wins Bertram as her husband regardless of his loss of curiosity and better social status, yet she unearths little happiness within the victory as he shuns, deserts, and makes an attempt to betray her.
The play indicates a few sympathy for Bertram. As a ward to the French king, he needs to stay at courtroom whereas his neighbors burst off to battle and glory. whilst Helen therapies the King, he makes Bertram on hand to her. To exert any keep an eye on over his existence, Bertram is going to struggle in Italy.
Helen then takes the initiative in furthering their marriage, venture an exhausting trip and a bold trick. Few this present day, even though, see a fairy-tale ending.
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