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by William Shakespeare

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What is the significance of clothing in Cymbeline?

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You are right to recognise the emphasis that is placed on clothing in this brilliant and often ignored play by Shakespeare. What is notable as we read through the pages of this play or see it on stage is the way in which the relationship between the clothes that a character wears and that character's identity is such a massive recurring theme. Just to take one example, consider the way in which Cloten is offended by Imogen's statement that the "mean'st garment" of Posthumus is actually worth more than Cloten himself is. We can see therefore...

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