The Winter's Tale (Cliffs Notes) by Evelyn McLellan

By Evelyn McLellan

What occurs while a king is ruled by way of jealousy? After ruining the lives of these just about him, he ultimately learns approximately lifestyles and is out there a moment likelihood. A subplot of fanatics torn via type changes ends with a degree of happiness, and the ultimate scene of the drama is upbeat.

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Leontes suddenly explodes at Antigonus for not controlling his wife. Paulina retorts that Antigonus can control her dishonesty, but not her honesty. ” She champions Leontes’ “good queen” and presents him with his baby. Leontes reacts with a tantrum. He orders Paulina and “the bastard” removed. ” Antigonus and Paulina both object to the charge. Paulina retorts that Leontes is cursed by his own slanders. Again, Leontes ridicules Antigonus as being henpecked. He then orders the baby and Hermione to be thrown into a fire.

Hermione responds that, so accused, she can do little but deny the accusations. ” Instead, she builds this hypothesis into her argument: If powers divine Behold our human actions, as they do, I doubt not then but innocence shall make False accusation blush, and tyranny Tremble at patience. ii. 29–33) She calls upon Leontes to remember, as the one who best can, her years of true and faithful behavior. Hermione cites her credentials the daughter of a great king, and the mother of a “hopeful prince” and in contrast to the humiliation of pleading publicly for her life and honor, she says that as much as she values life and honor, she willingly risks both by requesting specific proof from Leontes in this public forum, to cite even one incident from her life beforeor during Polixenes’ visit, which justifies the charges.

Again, Leontes ridicules Antigonus as being henpecked. He then orders the baby and Hermione to be thrown into a fire. Paulina calls upon all present to mark the baby’s resemblance to Leontes. In a frenzy, the king calls for Antigonus to be hanged because he cannot control his wife’s speech. Antigonus replies that nearly all the husbands in the kingdom would have to dieif that is the punishment for a man who cannot control his wife. Leontes then threatens to burn Paulina. ” Leontes orders Paulina to be taken out of the chamber, then he defends his reputation by claiming that if he were a tyrant he would have killed her.

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