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  • Paperback
  • 160 pages
  • The Winter's Tale
  • William Shakespeare
  • English
  • 27 October 2019
  • 9781853262357

About the Author: William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare baptised 26 April 1564 was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world s pre eminent dramatist He is often called England s national poet and the Bard of Avon or simply The Bard His surviving works consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems His plays have been tr



10 thoughts on “The Winter's Tale

  1. says:

    Something for Shakespeare In The Park, maybe Good my Lord, be cured of this diseased opinion, and betimes, for tis most dangerous That is the well meant advice Camillo gives the delusional King Leontes, whose whims and flawed imagination are about to destroy his family and his kingdom Needless to say, the all powerful king does not listen The drama unfolds with predictably disastrous effects, as the most powerful person is at the same time the most self indulgent, paranoid and mentally underdeveloped His entourage, knowing the danger of speaking truth to power, resigns itself to the doctrine I dare not know, my Lord The main plot is one of jealousy and impulsive decisions, but there is a deeper, sadder truth underneath the raging king s machinations A sad tale s best for winter , king Leontes young son tells his mother, before both become victims of the tremor cordis that deprives the king of his judgment.What happened The king s good friend Polixenes wants to leave after a stay at the court, and Leontes fails to convince him to prolong his visit He therefore asks his wife, Hermione, to do her best to talk him into staying, and when she succeeds, he can t believe it is due to her rhetorical skills Instead, he believes that his friend and wife have an affair.As absurd as it may sound, Leontes perseveres in this position, to the point of charging Hermione with treason, while claiming to support a just and open trial The justice and openness, however, turn into fake news and alternative truths when the oracle the higher power of the law , does not confirm the king s delusion, but frees his innocent wife of all accusations Leontes overrides the law, acting according to his emotionally unstable mind, but with full executive power Your actions are my dreams You Had a bastard by PolixenesAnd I but dreamed it As youWere past all shame ThoseOf your fact are so so past All truth Reading this during the sad winter s tale that is unfolding in our world of 2017, I feel almost nauseous It is painful to see the bizarre misogyny that leads men in most of Shakespeare s plays to destroy women s and children s lives because they can, despite often being ethically and intellectually as well as psychologically weaker than the Shakespearean women.They are however physically stronger and at the centre of executive power, and this is not something I can shrug off any, putting it under the heading Something that people used to think over 400 years ago This is still very much the status quo in too many parts of the world.When Virginia Woolf imagined the career of a talented, fictional sister of Shakespeare s, in her essay A Room of One s Own, she showed all the obstacles that the Shakespeare sister would have stumbled over to make her fail where her male counterpart succeeded, simply for being a woman Had she shown the rhetorical skills of Hermione, men would have accused her of plagiarism, of adultery, or something else, maybe unwomanly behaviour Men, in Shakespeare s world, take what they want, when they need it, and think later I am a feather for each wind that blows , King Leontes says Of course he is punished for overthrowing the higher law of the oracle Sixteen years that gap of time he has to expiate his rash behaviour, before the tragedy turns into comedy, and he deserves a second chance, reunited with his daughter, and with his wife, magically come alive again in an Pygmalionesque act of turning art into life.All s Well That Ends Well, Shakespeare seems to say, and his cast walks off stage with the promise of filling in the gap of time , telling each other the stories of their lives during those miserable sixteen years of pain, until Leontes reason sets everything right again.I can t help disagreeing I see the tragedy unfolding with perfect clarity I admire the accuracy with which Shakespeare depicted the folly of the powerful, surrounded by friends, but besieged by his own poisoned mind I can see the helplessness and despair of women, children and servants who are without protection against this abuse And I can see some kind of reconciliation at the end of the tunnel, after a gap of time BUT It is not all well that ends well There is the sacrifice of the young son, who listened to his mother s sad winter s tale, not knowing that he had reached the premature winter of his own short life And there is good hearted Antigonus, who saves the baby girl Perdita, Leontes child, which he wants to see killed in the delusion that it is his friend s bastard Antigonus dies, earning long lasting fame for his dramatic departure Exit, pursued by a bear Even if tyranny does not last, it is not acceptable to let mad, hormone driven narcissistic old men exert power until time makes them reasonable from within themselves.Whenever an environment is created where people feel they dare not know , with all that implies of actual secret knowledge, it has already gone too far, and something must be done, without a gap of time Collective amnesia or ignorance is not an option Unfortunately, Shakespeare s first three acts, labelled tragedy, were convincing and realistic than the last two, the comedy which needs a deus ex machina Pygmalion moment to force a happy end.What can be done We can t rely on Shakespeare s genius to write a better ending to the tragedy of madness and power, can we But he, as always, saw it clear and put it into unforgettable language Recommended to THE WORLD For we have madmen and women than we can bear Exeo, pursued by a night mare

  2. says:

    A masterpiece, demonstrating how grace redeems and love restores over time This play features one of Shakespeare s most interesting psychological studies Leontes and two of his most charming heroines Hermione and Perdita Shakespeare s art has deepened to the point where he can deliberately choose an outrageously improbable denouement and present it in a way that makes his play moving and richer symbolically than it would have been with a probable conclusion.

  3. says:

    A sad tale s best for winter An incredible potpourri of comedy, tragedy and fantasy that once again defies categorization Dramatic realism comes through in the form of an obsessively jealous king, reminiscent of well known Othello, the complex relationships between parents and children, as in King Lear or Hamlet, mystical resonance in Greek legends that contemplate sculptures turning into human beings, recalling the Christian concept of resurrection, and a lush, floral poetry that evokes the romanticism of the classic pastorals All these apparently discordant features, which would easily create a muddled hotchpotch nine out of ten times, converge into an exuberant tale in the hands of the Bard Hermione and Paulina have joined the list of my favorite female characters by Shakespeare, particularly the last one, who speaks her mind in front of the king and remains loyal to the queen, even when she is unjustly punished by chance in the form of an exotic bear that has a brief appearance in the middle of Act 3 Even Perdita, who like Miranda in The Tempest is presented as a nothing than a beautiful maiden of a marriageable age, is surrounded by a sensuous aura that charms and bewitches the reader with the musical cadence of her soliloquies Leaving the supernatural elements aside and the not so cohesive presentation in terms of action, time or location, Shakespeare appeals to the redeeming power of virtue and repentance to have a second opportunity to mend past mistakes, elevating art and love to cathartic forces that can perform miracles, the lost can be found again and be given a warm embrace back home, even in the coldest of winters What s gone, and what s past help,Should be past grief

  4. says:

    The Winter s Tale, William ShakespeareThe Winter s Tale is a play by William Shakespeare originally published in the First Folio of 1623 The main plot of The Winter s Tale is taken from Robert Greene s pastoral romance Pandosto, published in 1588 Shakespeare s changes to the plot are uncharacteristically slight, especially in light of the romance s undramatic nature, and Shakespeare s fidelity to it gives The Winter s Tale its most distinctive feature the sixteen year gap between the third and fourth acts 2016 1588 1607 .

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    Image of Dench and Branagh, 2016 Reviews of audio books count, so I guess watching a play should, too Perhaps so, as that was the author s intended medium.I saw a stage production of The Winter s Tale a few days after finishing Jeanette Winterson s modern novelisation, The Gap of Time, which I reviewed HERE.My mother tells me I saw the play in my late teens, but I have no memory of it My knowledge of the plot was from Winterson s summary and then her adaptation.I enjoyed the play, but it was odder than I expected I see now that it s usually categorised as one of the problem plays because it is both tragedy and comedy Many of the key events happen off stage e.g deaths , though it does have the famous stage direction, Exit, pursued by bear.Somehow, it worked, though 1 Royal TragedyAct one establishes a happy family and a happy court, before things rapidly disintegrate through the tragic and alarming madness of the King Leontes, obsessed by the lie that his pregnant wife s baby is that of his childhood friend The steadfastness of his wife is admirable and moving, though it perhaps stretches credulity Or maybe I m just not as hopeful, loving, or forgiving as Hermione Nevertheless, those are entirely positive attributes.More problematic, are the unpalatable, immoral, and illegal actions demanded of some, under the guise of loyalty to their king Zimbardo s infamous Stanford Prison experiment and Milgram s obedience experiments came to mind.Death comes to the court, and profound loss in addition to that.2 Bucolic ComedyThe second act fast forwards sixteen years to a lively sheep shearing festival, young love vetoed, and some comic routines from a pickpocket peddler, amongst others.The subtle theme emphasised far strongly in Winterson s version is about the goodness that can be found in ordinary people selfless love, whether of an adult for a foundling, or between young people, not thinking of wealth or social position or their lack of.3 Revelations, Resolution, Redemption It ends with revelations, resolution, and a transformation that might be magic, an hallucination, or a straightforward trick Forgiveness A happy ending that is another reason why this is no tragedy But it is strange.

  6. says:

    Read for class

  7. says:

    I decided not to do an abridged version of this play because, frankly, it s already so ridiculous that I can t improve on it Instead, we here at Madeline Reviews Inc present a fictionalized account of an event that probably occured right before the writing of this thankfully little known play Enjoy SCENE a tavern in Renaissance London CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE and BEN JONSON are sitting at the bar, already several ales into the morning WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE enters, falls down, and then gets up and stumbles to the bar.WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE Guys, I just got the best idea EVER for a play CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE That s great Billhang on, why are your eyes so red Jesus, have you been at the opium den AGAIN BEN JONSON Seriously dude, twice a day is plenty SHAKESPEARE SHUT UP AND LISTEN Okay, so there s this king, right, and he thinks his wife is cheating on him, but she s really not, but he doesn t know that, so he puts her on trial and she dies I m not sure how yet, I ll work it out later and thenMARLOWE Um, Bill, I think you already did that one.SHAKESPEARE No, this one is DIFFERENT, because it s a million times cooler Anyway, there s gonna be a witch JONSON Did that already, tooSHAKESPEARE and siblings getting separated MARLOWE Several times.SHAKESPEARE and then there s gonna be a bear attack, and then at the end, a statue COMES TO LIFE long, awkward silence MARLOWE Well, that soundsdifferent.JONSON Bill, I gotta be honest, I don t think people are gonna go for this one Why don t you just write another history play SHAKESPEARE Oh yeah, like I m going to take writing advice from YOU, Jonson.MARLOWE Oh god, here he goes SHAKESPEARE Honestly, you call yourself a writer Don t make me laugh, kid I invented the word eyeball , did you know that Eyeball What the fuck have YOU done MARLOWE Listen, Bill, he just meant thatSHAKESPEARE And YOU Thinking you re so great just because you wrote some play about a guy who summons the devil which was totally my idea first Was this the face that launched a thousand ships and burnt the topless towers of Illium spits on the ground Great line, genius Like anyone s even going to remember that piece of shit ten years from now JONSON William, cut it out You re going to get us kicked out, AGAIN SHAKESPEARE He s a spy, you know He works for the fucking MAN NARC MARLOWE God damn it, Bill, keep your mouth shut Do you want me to get stabbed to death SHAKESPEARE Ah, fuck you all I m going to be famous than either of you, just wait and see JONSON Not the way you re going I bet in a hundred years people won t even be sure if you actually ever EXISTED SHAKESPEARE Oh, go to hell, Jonson falls down MARLOWE Come on, let s get him to the doctor A few leeches should cure what ails him.SHAKESPEARE Hey, did I ever tell you guys about the time I nailed Viola de Lesseps JONSON You re so full of shit, dude.and SCENE ps just fyi, in case anyone tries to show off how smart they are and points out that Marlowe wasn t alive when Shakespeare wrote The Winter s Tale, I will seriously slap you Over the INTERNET.

  8. says:

    This is a story of male friendship We have the king of Sicily, Leontes, and the king of Bohemia, Polixenes indulging their fondness for each other From the very outset, we see how these two friends socialize and enjoy the pleasures of being together Even if they both have wives in tow however, Prolixness is visiting Leontes without his queen , it is still a queer friendship For instance, they both are kings, but Polixenes have the time to spend nine months with Leontes Conventionally, this would have made sense, had he actually been in love with the Leontes queen, Hermione But this is not the case, he is in the kingdom of Sicily only because of Leontes Their bond is unique it is based on loyalty, concern, and tenderness for each.Clearly, in those times, it must have been difficult for men, especially for noblemen so for the Kings to love other men the way they could keep any number of women But there must be a way, there must have been spaces where homosexual urges could find nourishment This is not to suggest that the kings in the play are sexually involved, but to say that their friendship has a distinct flavor of same sex love to it.After spending nine months together, Polixenes wants to return to his kingdom Such a long stay in the case of a king was itself odd One would have understood such a carefree, long sojourn if they were both poets, or at least one of them was One wonders how could Polixenes stay such a long time with Leontes Who looked after his kingdom, his queen Now when he wants to leave, Leontes does not want him to go As if being a king, having a wonderful queen Hermione and all the pleasures that come with it are not enough for Leontes, as if his life would be less on his friend s departure Even after having him for long, Leontes is not sated He begs Polixenes to extend his stay These pleadings are the pleadings of a lover When his pleadings do not work, Leontes involves his wife and asks her to intervene and implore Prolixenes to prolong his stay This works, but finally, this has severe consequences Leontes turns suspicious and wonders how come Prolixenes agreed so readily to stay on the requests of the queen and ignored his pleas.These freakish thoughts tinged with jealousy again tell us about the dynamics of his relationship with Prolixenes He becomes furious less like a friend, like a spurned lover whose love interest has somehow ditched him by giving in to the beseechings of Hermione something that is withheld from him In reality, Polixenes might have been moved by the queen s request to stay as if her asking him validates, in some fundamental way, his friendship with Leontes Sadly, such a possibility never occurred to Leontes, in his passion and blinded involvement, he could not see it.However, once the jealousy and doubt emerge, they cloud Leontes mind entirely, and he commits atrocities of the most ignoble kind But the play, at last, ends happily The unmistakable hints of same sex love if not an outright homosexual relationship that we see in the first few acts are finally subsumed in the final act The Princess meets his Prince, The King his Queen, and somewhere in the background, a male friendship is restored In other words, the straight narrative exerts itself in the final act and takes center stage, whereas the unruly male friendship is pushed to the margins.

  9. says:

    Exit, pursued by a bear is the most famous stage direction in literature It comes here in Winter s Tale, at the end of Act III, and it s famous because it s funny And the really funny thing is it s been a hella dark play until this moment What happened is King Leontes has become suddenly and irrationally convinced that his wife is cheating on him like Othello, with some Lear , so he thinks his infant daughter isn t his, so he orders her exposed in the wilderness to die, and the guy who drops her off, Antigonus, immediately gets chased off screen by the bear It s conceivable that Shakespeare used a real bear Antigonus view spoiler dies, by the way, the bear gets him hide spoiler

  10. says:

    The BBC does an amazing job with this audiobook As for the story, I really wish the king had gotten far of comeuppance for his bad behavior.

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