What does The Winter's Tale suggest about the use and abuse of power?

The Winter's Tale suggests that abuse of power leads to isolation, violence, and misery.

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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, threatening both the happiness and the lives of the other characters.

Leontes's weaknesses as a human being permit him to use his power unwisely, even harmfully. When he becomes paranoid over whether or not his wife Hermione is having an affair with his best friend Polixenes, he starts using his power to take revenge on all of them. Leontes tries to have Polixenes...

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