In conclusion, Cook comments that as Shakespeare treats this type of behavior in both negative and positive ways, there is no easy way to assess his own opinions on the matter.
Other critics analyze the relevancy of Elizabethan marriage laws and customs to Shakespeare's treatment of matrimony.
Ann Jennalie Cook (1991) offers a detailed discussion of Elizabethan betrothal contracts, elopements, annulments, and divorces.
Love and Romance In Shakespeare's plays, love and romance are often treated in ambiguous ways.
Romantic love frequently ends in death, as in the tragedies, but such love may be presented in an idealized manner, shown to be courageous and unconditional.