All's Well That Ends Well is a play by William Shakespeare that was published in the playwright's First Folio in 1623. Despite the fact that most people view the play as falling under the category of Shakespeare's comedy, scholars and critics of the work view it as one of his "problem plays" - or a play that can't quite be considered to be a strict tragedy or comedy but more of a dark comedy. The story follows the young ward Helena who falls madly in love with the handsome Count Bertram and begins a series of attempts to court him despite the fact that she is of low class. The play's outcome, though not particularly tragic, can be considered dubious at best given the forced nature of the main characters' ultimate betrothal. The play, as a result, has remained one of Shakespeare's lesser-known plays due to its inconsistent logic and difficulty in discerning the author's intent, particularly when reading the play.
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