THE CONCEPT OF MALE FRIENDSHIP IN SHAKESPEARE?S THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA : A CONTEXTUAL APPROACH

Abstract

Author(s): Sibel IZMIR

Male friendship has been the kind of human relationship highly esteemed throughout man’s history. From ancient times to the Renaissance, it was regarded as something sublime. This traditional bonding between men is also seen in Shakespeare’s plays. Male friendship in Shakespearean drama has a vital place in that it affects the plot development of some of his plays. In evaluating the importance of male comradeship in Shakespearean drama, it is a necessity that the views of almost all thinkers on male friendship up to the time of Shakespeare be taken into consideration in order to decide whether Shakespeare implied a homosexual interaction between his protagonists or not. This article will be an attempt to show that Shakespeare was fully aware of the traditional idea of male friendship and his primary aim was to reflect the significance of male comradeship in a male-dominated world and this will be explored in The Two Gentlemen of Verona.

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