A study in the love of women through Shakespeare

Watching a production of Romeo and Juliet as a ballet around 1990 was the first time I realized how much Shakespeare’s work impacted how I viewed and appreciated women.

All the works from The Taming of the Shrew to Much Ado About Nothing, helped shape my appreciation, respect and ultimately love for what I believe is the embodiment of God’s characteristics of beauty, power, compassion and gentleness; women.

As I have stated before, my favorite of the bard’s work is Henry V. And you would probably think it odd that I would mention it when speaking of the feminine half of humanity. But in the play I remember being captivated by the character of princess Catherine of Valois. Here we have royalty being thrown together in the midst of such turmoil. Their countries are at war. But in the end as the play portrays and reflects historical truth, they both being of tempered and stubborn stock, ultimately fall in love. Henry died two years later from sickness on the battlefield but his captured heart is forever accurately portrayed in the treaty signing scene when he asks to be alone with her.

“If thou would have such a one,
take me;
and take me, take a soldier;
take a soldier, take a king.”

At forty two I find myself deeply in love with a woman. And I love all her characteristics from feistiness to gentle femininity. I recognize them because of Shakespeare’s words and those years hoping that one day I would find my own true love.

I am not a fan of country music but there is one song by Rascal Flats that gets me every-time and reminds me of all I have learned along the way.

“I couldn’t see how every sign pointed straight to you
That every long lost dream lead me to where you are”

And so as I look at my beautiful daughter and her lovely mom, I see how through tragedies, romances, comedies and yes histories, I marvel how Shakespeare’s work has taught much of what I know and love about women.

Here is to that continued education on his birthday. Join me in celebrating with others at: http://happybirthdayshakespeare.com/

4 Responses to “A study in the love of women through Shakespeare”

  1. Jack Lynady April 25, 2012 at 12:13 pm #

    Good stuff John. Miss u bro. 😉

  2. ajleon May 17, 2012 at 4:00 am #

    Jon. I’ve been re-reading a few posts from this project today, and I have to say, of all the 180 some-odd posts, this might be my favorite one. If we were ever in the same town at the same time, I think we would have a blast talking literature, theology and art over a pint or two. Some day soon, let’s make it happen. :)

    • John Bergquist May 17, 2012 at 6:21 am #

      Thanks man. We are bound to man. We were both swamped in Barcelona. Maybe the next SOBcon NW? I agree, regardless. Some day soon, somewhere!

  3. webannie June 23, 2013 at 2:43 am #

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