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Education Resources

All's well that Ends Well

William Shakespeare

Discover teaching ideas and lesson planning inspiration through our range of resources, activities and other supporting materials on Shakespeare's All's Well That End Well.

All's Well That Ends Well tells the story of Helena and how she manages to win the love and respect of Bertram, whom she is in love with from the start. 

There are some difficult issues which arise in this play but there is so much to discuss. The female figure of Bertram's mother, who disowns her son to stand by Helena, and the character of Diana make this play a great way to look at female roles. There are  lots of other themes you can use as routes into the text as well including:

  • Coming of Age
  • The Militay and War
  • Travel

There are so many different ways into the text but you may find the following particularly useful in introducing the the play: