The Two Gentlemen of Verona by William Shakespeare
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
One of Shakespeare's earliest plays, it covers lots of themes he stuck with throughout his career.
The tension between friendship and love is shown at the very beginning, as friends part so one can go pursue his love. Switches of identity, the crazy things love makes you do, and getting through obstacles to obtain your love, also play major roles.
The climactic scene shows a lover protecting his beloved from a threatening friend, but then forgiving that penitent friend. His protection also changes the father's resistance to him.
A classic love tale and good introduction to Shakespeare.
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