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- Full Title: All’s Well that Ends Well
- When Written: Between 1602 and 1607
- Where Written: England
- When Published: 1623
- Literary Period: The Renaissance (1500-1660)
- Genre: Drama, Comedy
- Setting: Rossillion and Paris, France; Florence, Italy
- Climax: Helen, thought by most characters to be dead, dramatically returns to Rossillion and tells Bertram that she has fulfilled his seemingly impossible conditions for being his wife.
- Antagonist: Bertram
All Problems Solved? While usually categorized as a comedy, All’s Well that Ends Well is often grouped with some other Shakespearean plays that have come to be called “problem plays,” because it doesn’t fit easily into any genre, due to the fact that it raises numerous questions about its own happy ending. How a reader categorizes the play is ultimately a product of how a reader interprets the play’s ambiguous conclusion.