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Law Against Lovers

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By: (1606-1668)

Law Against Lovers by William Davenant is a fascinating play that combines elements of comedy, tragedy, and romance. Set in ancient Athens, the story follows the young lovers Leucippus and Doralice as they navigate their forbidden love in a society governed by strict laws and traditions.

Davenant's clever use of language and wit shines through in this play, as he weaves together intricate plotlines and complex characters. The juxtaposition of the comedic and tragic elements creates a compelling narrative that keeps the reader engaged from start to finish.

One of the standout aspects of Law Against Lovers is the exploration of themes such as love, fate, and the struggle between personal desire and societal expectations. Davenant deftly examines the consequences of going against the established norms and the price that must be paid for following one's heart.

Overall, Law Against Lovers is a thought-provoking and entertaining work that offers a unique perspective on the complexities of love and the power dynamics at play in relationships. Davenant's skill as a playwright is evident throughout, making this play a worthwhile read for anyone interested in classic literature and drama.

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The Law Against Lovers was a dramatic adaptation of Shakespeare, arranged by Sir William Davenant and staged by the Duke's Company in 1662. It was the first of the many Shakespearean adaptations staged during the Restoration era. Davenant was not shy about changing the Bard's work; he based his text on Measure for Measure, but also added Beatrice and Benedick from Much Ado About Nothing — "resulting in a bizarre and fascinating combination." He made Angelo from the former play, and Benedick from the latter, into brothers.

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