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    is one of jealousy, betrayal and redemption. While this story involves many characters and opens questions of the flaws in human nature and the power of forgiveness, there are two main characters of particular anomaly. The actions of Leontes and Perdita in this play are unique unto themselves. As King, Leontes' every decision weighs heavily upon the court and his country. As we have seen in several other plays by Shakespeare, when the King is in distress, Nature herself is disrupted. The cosmic

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    The Dark Comic Vision of The Winter’s Tale Although Shakespeare’s plays are generally categorized according to their adherence to the formulaic definitions of histories, romances, comedies, or tragedies, there are several plays that complicate the task of fitting neatly into these groupings. Many literary critics, in fact, have singled out a handful of plays and labeled them ‘Problem Plays’ because they do not fall easily into any of the four categories, though they do loosely adhere to the

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    Art and Nature in Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale In Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale”, we see a jealous king convinced he is search of the truth. He will expose his wife and her alleged philandering, but his determination to prove this actually changes this search from one for truth to one for myths—creations, false truths. In essence. Leontes runs into the conflict of defining art versus nature, where art is the view of the world he constructs to prove his paranoia true. Nature itself can

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    The Characters of Hermione, Perdita, and Paulina in The Winters Tale Although Hermione is one of the main characters, we see very little of her in the play. She is horribly betrayed by her husband, but we never really see her feelings on the subject. In many other plays, Shakespeare uses asides and soliloquies to give insight into the characters mind. Hermione must be having complex and very troubling thoughts, but we never see them. Hermione is in Act I Scene ii where she plays the perfect royal

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    this act, many things take place that ultimately brings a family together and gives a man nearly everything he wants in life, but does not deserve. Though many would say the ending is the most important part of this play, the love of Florizell and Perdita is by far the most important event that takes place in this play and if it was not for these two, a happy ending would have never happened. Act IV of Winter’s Tale is by far the most interesting play in the Norton book. It’s a total of four scenes

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    Romance and Tragedy in The Winter's Tale In The Winter's Tale, the line between romance and tragedy runs thin and almost blends together. The romantic ending would not be possible without the tragic beginning. For example, how could the romance between Leontes and Hermione take place in the end without the almost tragic mistake that Leontes makes in the first three acts of the play? Specific characters are responsible for the way the play turns out, with or without the help of the Fates. Paulina

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    The Importance of Time in The Winter's Tale Leon. No foot shall stir. Paul. Music, awake her; strike! [Music] Tis time; descend; be stone no more; approach; Strike all that look upon with marvel. Come! I'll fill your grave up: stir, nay, come away: Bequeath to death your numbness; for from him Dear life redeems you. You perceive she stirs: --The Winter's Tale (V.iii.98-103) Unlike most of Shakespeare's earlier plays, The Winter's Tale moves from tragedy to comedy

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    nature. The exchange between Perdita and Polixenes in Act IV, scene iv provides a concise summary of the conflicting views on the relationship between art and nature. It serves as a basis from which Shakespeare and the audience can examine art’s utility. Perdita is the quintessence of aesthetics and grace, representing nature in the debate. Polixenes, on the other hand, is disguised as someone else. He employs human intervention, art, in order to conceal his identity. Perdita rejects all cosmetics and

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    best for winter." As the words of Mamillius, these are innocent enough and give the audience the impression that the season is winter. The seasonal setting of winter is reaffirmed later in the play during the discussion that takes place between Perdita and Polixenes in act IV, scene IV. Polixenes declares, "Shepherdess- a fair one are you- well you fit our ages with flowers of winter." Further discussion between them suggests that it may not be winter yet, but is getting very close to it. Although

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    Forces of Nature in The Winter's Tale "A sad tale's best for winter," young Mamillius declares (2.1, 25). So ominously begins Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, a story that the audience is immediately tempted to deem a tragedy. However, unlike many of Shakespeare's other later works, which accrue more and more tragedy as the play progresses, The Winter's Tale begins tragically, but concludes happily. The play contains strong elements of both comedy and tragedy, and the course appears to be dictated

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