School of Visual and Performing Arts
Biblical Studies | Dramatic Literature, Criticism and Theory | Fine Arts
Eckert, Gretchen, "The Importance of True Friendship as Exemplified Within Shakespearean Plays" (2020). Senior Honors Theses. 1039.
Friendship is a valuable, important relationship, because a friend possesses great influence over a person’s life. For this reason, a good friend with a positive character is indispensable. In the Bible, God defined a true friend as selfless, generous, loyal, and honest. William Shakespeare valued the influence of a loyal friend, and his plays include a broad range of friendships that illustrate the impact of a friend’s characteristics. In Macbeth, Banquo proves to be a true, supportive friend who points Macbeth towards God. In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hermia and Helena struggle with the selfishness that injures their childhood bond. In Othello, Iago destroys Othello’s by posing as an honest friend.