A Roycean View of Shakespearean Servants: Helicanus’ Loyalty in Pericles

By Florence Toh Haw Ching and Arbaayah Ali Termizi.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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This paper locates the representations of loyalty found in selected scenes of Shakespeare’s Pericles (1607) with special attention given to the servant character, Helicanus. The research juxtaposes Josiah Royce’s concepts of loyalty as prescribed in his 1908 Philosophy of Loyalty to the master-servant relationship shared by Pericles and Helicanus. The selected servant character is analyzed through his displays of loyalty which helped him to be truthful, sacrificial, forgo self-gratification and elevate the position of his master, Pericles. The paper concludes with an emphasis on the significant role played by Helicanus in serving Pericles. By looking at the instances extracted from the text in relation to the acts of loyalty portrayed by Helicanus, it is hoped that this interdisciplinary research stimulates new interests in the study of Shakespearean servant characters as well as the culmination of Roycean philosophies to the textual analyses of Elizabethan dramas.

Keywords: Shakespeare, Pericles, Helicanus, Loyalty, Josiah Royce

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 6, Issue 7, pp.143-154. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 786.633KB).

Florence Toh Haw Ching

Tutor, English Department, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Florence Toh Haw Ching is currently doing her Masters in English literature with the English Language Department in Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, UPM. Her research interest lies in studies related to Shakespeare’s play texts.

Dr. Arbaayah Ali Termizi

Senior Lecturer, English Language Department, Modern Languages and Communication, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

Arbaayah Ali Termizi (PhD) is currently a senior lecturer with the English Department of Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, Universiti Putra Malaysia. Her main research interest lies in areas related to Shakespeare’s studies particularly in the illustrations of texts and staging aspects of the plays. In addition she is also interested in studies related to incorporating the art of drama performances in the teaching of Shakespeare’s texts.


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