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The Winter's Tale

I definitely agree with shakespeareguru but would like to add that The Winter's Tale falls into the category of Shakespeare's Late Plays, (Cymbeline, Pericles, The Winter's Tale and The Tempest)....

Latest answer posted September 21, 2010 12:11 am UTC

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The ending of The Winter’s Tale is unconvincing in many ways, but William Shakespeare’s characterization of the key figures involved makes it possible to believe that they would forgive the other...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2021 5:17 am UTC

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A "winter's tale" would have been understood by contemporary audiences as a fairy story or fable, not a realistic tale. It would also have been understood to be a story with a happy ending, though...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2018 5:41 pm UTC

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Much of the conflict in The Winter's Tale comes from the unchecked and absolute power of both Leontes and Polixenes, both kings and fathers. Their power is used in the manner of a tyrant,...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2020 12:26 pm UTC

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The most significant pastoral elements in William Shakespeare's play The Winter's Tale occur mainly in Act IV. The setting is a rustic area, abounding in natural beauty. The stock figures of...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2012 1:17 pm UTC

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Leontes, King of Sicily, and Polixenes, King of Bohemia, appear initially as friends. Even in their friendship, however, the lack of moderation in Leontes's character quickly becomes clear....

Latest answer posted September 11, 2020 12:57 pm UTC

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Proserpina is not a character in the play but rather the Greek goddess Persephone, who is referred to in Latin and pre-20th century English as "Proserpina" or "Proserpine". She is mentioned by...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2011 7:02 am UTC

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The word "hubris," which in English is often used as a synonym for "pride," has a deeper significance in the original Greek, referring to a type of arrogance which challenges the gods and must be...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2020 9:25 am UTC

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Shakespeare's The Winter’s Tale, a complex play which contains elements of tragedy, comedy, and romance, unfolds in two parts, with acts 1–3 occurring sixteen years before acts 4 and 5. In the...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2020 11:31 pm UTC

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Does Leontes become jealous? Yes. Does it "destroy" him? All things considered, since he is reunited with both his wife and daughter at the end of the play, he is not truly destroyed. By the end...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2010 11:34 pm UTC

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The relationship between Leontes and Hermione is quite significant in William Shakespeare’s play The Winter’s Tale. Leontes’s suspicions about his wife set the plot in motion. Without their...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2020 2:49 pm UTC

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Usually, we think of Sicily and Bohemia as depicting opposition. Wintry Sicily is dominated by the royal court, where corruption, distrust, injustice, and madness brew. Outside of Sicily's court,...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2021 4:49 pm UTC

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Although Hermione in Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale is certainly a sympathetic victim, and what happens to her can be considered "tragic," in the modern, generalized, and overused meaning of the...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2020 4:41 pm UTC

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It is hard not to sympathize with Hermione, who is falsely accused by her husband of having an affair with Polixenes. First, it is clear to the audience that her husband's jealousy is irrational....

Latest answer posted February 6, 2019 4:24 am UTC

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King Leontes of Sicily is the central character in The Winter’s Tale. In the play’s first half, an irrational jealousy possesses the king. He accuses his wife Hermione of having an affair with his...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2016 7:59 pm UTC

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The primary source of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, first performed about 1611, is Robert Greene's pastoral romance novel, Pandosto: The Triumph of Time, published in 1588, then republished in...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2020 3:04 pm UTC

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Leontes is by nature a fiercely jealous man, so it doesn't take much to raise his suspicions that his wife, Hermione, is having an affair with Polixenes. The two seem to get on so well, enjoying...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2019 10:26 am UTC

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Hermione is Queen of Sicily, wife to Leontes, and mother to Mamillius and Perdita. She is a gracious and friendly host who tries to convince Polixenes, Leontes’s best friend, to extend his stay in...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2016 5:02 pm UTC

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Very early in the play, Leontes is deeply loving towards his wife and his best friend. However, when he observes them seeming affectionate towards each other, he quickly turns violently jealous....

Latest answer posted December 11, 2018 4:34 pm UTC

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Actually, the title of "The Winter's Tale" is one of the few Shakespeare plays actually to contain a worked-in reference to its own title: HERMIONE.What wisdom stirs amongst you? Come,...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2008 8:54 pm UTC

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I think the play makes it quite clear that it is the irrational jealousy of Leontes that is responsible for the problems that he faces later on in the play after he has acted on that irrational...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2011 9:07 pm UTC

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The simplest answer to your question is that Leontes is in self-destruct mode. His jealousy and irrational thirst for revenge are so taken over, that it is impossible for him to hear even an...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2010 9:47 pm UTC

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If I understand this question correctly, it is asking for any six facts that the reader is given through the entire play of The Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare. Fact number one: The play...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2016 3:55 pm UTC

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The character of Florizel in The Winter’s Tale is a prince whose father is King Polixenes of Bohemia. Florizel is smitten with the lovely young Perdita. Florizel is presented as an idealistic, and...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2021 3:04 am UTC

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This is Hermione's speech at her trial for adultery. In the first several lines (3.2.22-28), she says that because it is her word against Leontes', then there is no point in saying "Not guilty."...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2010 12:11 am UTC

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In the beginning of the play, we see a loving couple. Hermione is expecting their second child; Leontes best friend is still visiting; life is good in Sicily. It is only when Leontes observes...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2010 2:17 am UTC

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Act 1 of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, like the first act of all of Shakespeare's plays as well as the first act of most plays ever written, provides much of the exposition of the play....

Latest answer posted April 22, 2020 7:43 pm UTC

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This is an excellent question. Since Shakespeare explored jealously in Othello, it appears that jealousy is not what is important but the results of that jealousy is what he wanted to explore....

Latest answer posted December 28, 2010 5:07 am UTC

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This play begins with Polixenes' visit to Leontes and Hermione, to demonstrate the history that these two men share. As the Enotes character analysis of Polixenes says so well: The two kings have...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2010 9:38 pm UTC

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Reconciliation is an important theme in William Shakespeare’s last plays, but it is not the primary theme of The Winter’s Tale. Rather, the redemptive power of forgiveness is its key theme....

Latest answer posted April 11, 2021 9:17 pm UTC

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Well, I would want to start off by first arguing that Leontes does a lot more than merely "question" the fidelity of his wife, and certainly his plans to poison Polixenes for supposedly cuckolding...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2011 7:17 pm UTC

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Perhaps the answer to your question can be found in Act II, scene 1. Herminone and her ladies are with the young Mamillius. Herminone asks for a story. Mamillius asks her if it should be merry...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2010 10:14 pm UTC

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As with most Shakespeare plays, The Winter's Tale contains many different themes. It should not be surprising that love—or, more specifically, youthful, defiant love—is a part of the story. While...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2020 3:57 pm UTC

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During the Elizabethan period, people in England believed wholeheartedly in black magic, witches, superstitions, alchemy, and astrology. Those who could afford it consulted astrologers, and those...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2020 3:05 pm UTC

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Although I have never thought of the play in those terms, I can see the validity of the question. Leontes's unreasonable behavior proves to be the death (winter) of his relationship with his wife....

Latest answer posted August 31, 2010 9:57 pm UTC

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Shakespeare's play The Winter's Tale certainly has a happy ending, and most of the characters are reconciled by the final scene. The grieving Leontes has been reunited with his wife, Hermione,...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2021 5:59 pm UTC

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That oddly phrased sentence comes from Act IV, scene 4 of Shakespeare's "The Winter's Tale." It is only part of a sentence. In context, it reads as follows:He says he loves my daughter:I...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2008 10:18 am UTC

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This exchange actually takes place between the Clown and the Old Shepherd in 3.3.102-106: Old Shepherd: Heavy matters, heavy matters. But look thee here, boy. Now bless thyself. Thou mests...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2007 7:54 pm UTC

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I cannot find any such quote in "Winter's Tale" or in any other Shakespeare play (using a site where you can search every Shakespeare work). To bequeath, means to leave something to some one, as in...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2010 8:27 am UTC

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To conclude whether or not "it makes sense" to compare Autolycus of The Winter's Tale with Puck of A Midsummer Night's Dream would depend on what kind of "sense" one wants to "make." The comparison...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2010 7:19 am UTC

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To complete your assignment, you'll first want to gain a good understanding of possible interpretations of Antigonus's "Come, poor babe" speech in Act 3, Scene 3. To do that, you'll want to read...

Latest answer posted July 19, 2014 1:36 am UTC

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The world of the play is not Christian so the Elizabethan audiences would have understood that. Both kingdoms, Sicily and Bohemia, are worlds where an oracle is consulted and statues come to...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2010 1:33 pm UTC

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The Winter’s Tale begins in Sicily, where King Polixenes of Bohemia visits his childhood friend King Leontes and his wife Queen Hermione. They reminisce and joke until Leontes is overcome with...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2016 2:52 am UTC

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It is clear that this section of Act I scene 2 serves to highlight the obsessional thinking of Leontes. Anything that Camillo says is taken as further proof of his wife's infidelity, and even...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2011 7:45 pm UTC

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While we here at enotes have the etext, there is no modern translation next to it as some of Shakespeare's plays do have on this site. Now, however, there is an act-by-act summary which should...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2011 7:34 am UTC

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It is not difficult to feel sympathy for Hermione with Leontes for a husband. In Act I, scene 2, everything appears happy and normal. It seems that the only problem is that Leontes's best friend,...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2010 10:38 pm UTC

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Consider looking at the consequences of sin in the world. For example, Leontes' jealousy results in the loss of his wife, his daughter, and his son. Looking at Perdita, the banished daughter,...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2008 8:44 pm UTC

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In William Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale we find Leontes suddenly breaking out in a sudden, and what seems to be uncommon and rather unnecessary, jealousy fit. This occurs after his wife,...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2012 4:43 am UTC

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King Leontes is presented as a person deteriorating into false suspicion and paranoia as the first two acts unfold, leading him to crueler and crueler behavior. At first, Leontes seems pleased with...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2020 10:08 pm UTC

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Even limiting discussion to Acts One and Two, this is quite a topic, so I will keep my answer more general. First, Leontes fits into the same category that other protagonists in Shakespeare's plays...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2010 10:26 pm UTC

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