"In the end, it matters less that you can fight. What you fight for is the real test."

- John McCain, in a speech, September 4, 2008
Maidenhood May Be a Good Fit for You

Gina Dalfonzo, editor of BreakPoint.org and Dickensblog, explains how Joss Weldon's Much Ado About Nothing undermines itself in the opening scenes by depicting Benedick and Beatrice having a one-night stand before the play begins. This is a play about a betrayal plot to ruin a man's life by ruining his finance's virtue. She is a maiden, that is, a virgin, and her friends vehemently defend her.

"Hero's father hints at one point that an already-engaged couple yielding to temptation wouldn't be such a grave offense. But a drunken one-night stand--that would have gone against everything that Beatrice had ever been taught."

This may be a good example of many retellings of old stories, Shakespearean and non. The plot is established and relatively unchanged, but when modern writers attempt to add modern backstory to the characters, they do so within their own moral framework, not recognizing the contrast between their world and the original writer's.


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Comments on "Maidenhood May Be a Good Fit for You":
1. Susan - 06/28/2013 1:12 pm EDT

This is why much of the Austen based fiction loses its moral authority and its storytelling punch.

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