All's Well That Ends Well is a comedic tragedy, or problem play, about young nobleman Bertram and his mother's ward, doctor's daughter Helena. Taking place for the most part in early Renaissance France, the play deals with Helena's attempts to trick Bertram into marrying her. It introduces foundational dramatic techniques like the Bed Trick and plays with Elizabethan morals as they relate to marriage, war, inheritance, and filial duty to the throne.

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