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