Cymbeline | Study Guide

William Shakespeare

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Posthumus, Act I, Scene I or my sake, wear this. It is a manacle of love. Sources:, Folger Shakespeare Library, Shakespeare Resource Center Copyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc. Trust & Betrayal Never trust a villain to wager fairly or report honestly. Forgiveness Reconciliation requires forgiveness and a little dash of luck. Appearance vs. Reality Disguises and false identities obscure reality but are overcome. Themes King of Britain; remarries a wicked queen and falls victim to her devices Cymbeline Unsuccessful, deceitful seducer; tries to win a bet about love and faithfulness Iachimo Hotheaded, passionate young lover in exile; easily falls prey to doubts about Imogen’s faithfulness Posthumus Faultless princess accused of infidelity; remains faithful despite temptation Imogen Main Characters Britain’s most renowned playwright penned over 30 plays and many poems. Cymbeline, a sprawling, complex play, was written toward the end of his career. It includes elements of fairy tale as well as elements found in his other plays, exploring the theme of forgiveness that characterizes many of his later works. WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE1564–1616 Author In a tale beginning with a widowed king, a wicked stepmother, and true love, characters face exile, go into hiding, encounter danger, and reunite. Along the way, two lost princes are found, and an evil queen’s plot is uncovered. Somehow secrets are revealed, and families come back together. Shakespeare’sClassic Fairy Tale OVERVIEW Imogen hides from Posthumus, but love wins out when she reunites with him. Acts III–V: Secrets Revealed Iachimo steals Imogen’s love token—a bracelet—to prove he seduced her. Act II: Hidden Truth Imogen’s husband, Posthumus, is banished; the lovers exchange tokens. Act I: Stage Set English Original Language 1608–10 Years Written William Shakespeare Author Cymbeline Drama Play

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