The Winter's Tale | Study Guide

William Shakespeare

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Mamillius, Act II, Scene I sad tale’s best for winter. I have oneOf sprites and goblins. Sources: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Royal Shakespeare Company Copyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc. Death & Rebirth Leontes’s jealousy kills, but when he repents he sees rebirth. Time’s Passage Time allows people to change, so Leontes recognizes his mistake. Art & Nature Art sometimes reveals the true nature of people or things. Themes Leontes Irrationally jealous king of Sicilia; persecutes his wife and brings his family to ruin but later repents Perdita Leontes and Hermione’s daughter; abandoned by family and raised by a shepherd Hermione Loyal queen who loves Leontes but is forced to stand trial; dies but comes back to life to reunite with Leontes and Perdita Main Characters After decades of success in the theater, Shakespeare was near the end of his career when he wrote The Winter’s Tale. In it, he explores the many sides of marriage, parenthood, kingship, innocence, guilt, and forgiveness—but most of all, the miracle of time’s triumph and the healing powers of love. WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE1564–1616 Author The rescued daughter reunites with Leontes, and Hermione comes back to life. Rebirth Leontes condemns his baby daughter to death and hears Hermione died of grief. Death Leontes accuses his pregnant wife, Hermione, of adultery. Jealousy King Leontes unfairly puts his wife on trial for adultery and sends his baby daughter to her death. The baby is secretly rescued by a shepherd, but Leontes’s wife and son have both died. Years later, Leontes regrets his actions. Is there still hope for his family’s happiness? HeartbreakCan Lead toRedemption OVERVIEW English Original Language Years Written c. 1609–11 William Shakespeare Author The Winter’sTale Drama Play

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