It is a truth universally acknowledged that most people are capable of revelatory thoughts while bathing. A few weeks ago, I was musing on the nature of Shakespeare’s romances while washing my hair. I mean, who doesn’t do that on the regular? I started to make connections between the three I’ve covered for this project already and the concept of forgiveness that pervades the romances. But of course, my fledgling idea could be stronger if I actually read the other two romances to see if there are further connections. So here we are, jumping right in!
Pericles is certainly a strange little fairy tale. I loved the steadfast Marina, how she works at retaining her innocence despite all the evil circumstances that are thrown her way. She still seeks to be good and to find and promote goodness in others. This play got me wondering: is forgiveness a part of the process when we keep someone from doing us harm…and something that we know they’ll later regret? We all need a conscience, after all.Read More