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3.0 out of 5 stars A useful tool for newcomers to the Bard., 4 Nov. 2000
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This review is from: Oxford World's Classics: Henry V, War Criminal?: and Other Shakespeare Puzzles (Paperback)
... Any sweeping dismissal of Shakespeare is always a mistake, as illustrated by the sheer scope of topics covered in Henry V, War Criminal? Discussion ranges from Cleopatra's competency as a mother, to whether 'Love's Labour's Lost' is one of the earliest feminist texts. Anyone who has seen or read Henry V will be in no doubt that in today's terms, he is indeed a war criminal, possessing a cruel ruthlessness and a dubious claim to rule either France or England. Yet the authors do tackle aspects that seem a little less obvious questioning text that has rarely been commneted on, or that most have only interpreted superficially, such as the famous line 'Romeo Romeo, wherefore arthou Romeo?' While this particular loose end may not excite you too much, anyone unfamiliar with the subtlety and scope of Shakespeare's references will gain great insight from this book. Sutherland and Watts a;ways retain an accessible and entertaining tone that was probably missing from most of school encounters with Shakespeare...
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