Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)

by Ann-Marie Macdonald

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What elements of gullibility are present in Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)?

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From the beginning of the play, we are asked to "suspend our disbelief", and some may consider this to be gullibility on our parts. However, if we allow the humor and magic of the play to carry us along with Constance on her journey into the Renaissance era, we get to experience what she does. Granted, we are asked to believe that a modern-day woman is transported back in time through a waste basket to the events of some of Shakespeare's most famous plays . I personally believe this is what makes the play so unique, humorous, and interesting. The fact that Constance is referred to as "The Mouse" by her students may make her an unlikely candidate for changing the female characters, but it's more believable if you understand why she embarks on her journey. Indeed, some people find it hard to believe when both Romeo and Juliet fall in love with Constance, but this is a part of Macdonald's feminist message. She changes Desdemona and Juliet into modern-day women who are able to demonstrate their own aggressiveness and sexuality.

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