The Winter's Tale
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 more moving and richer symbolically than it would have been with a more probable conclusion.
One thing that did bother me though was that I couldn't really figure out when it was supposed to be set. The King of Sicily is friends with the King of Bohemia but he also...more
It's also the most heartfelt and insightful depiction of love and relationships that I've seen in t...more
For me, reading a play is kind of ”one man performance”, and totally different experience comparing to the very same play’s performance at theatre or in film form. I consider them as three different versions of one story.
گفتن از شکسپیر و آثارش به تابو می ماند. کمتر کسی شهامت دارد بگوید از این یا آن اثر شکسپیر، خوشش نمی آید. یا عیب و ایرادی بر یکی از آثار او بگیرد. این واویلا بیشتر می شود وقتی انگلیسی، زبان دوم یا سومت باشد، و با ادبیات و زبان کهنه ی انگلیسی قرن شانزدهم بکلی بیگانه باشی! بهررو، م...more
The language does not disappoint. The Winter's Tale language reads like a series of word masterpieces, w...more
This time around, I checked out the BBC & Life-Time version of the play via the library. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BBC_Tele... I had it playing on the right-hand side of my Mac while I read along with the text: http://shakespeare.mit.edu/winters_ta... on the left. It made for a great experience with the play. The acting was terrific and helped me understand the play better.
To prep for the play, as I usually...more
- As much as any work of Shakespeare that I have read, this felt at times to be a conglomerate of story lines and genres. Personally, I was most taken with the first three Acts of the play, which followed the formula for tragedy (I have heard it referred to as Othello-lite). The middle section of the play bears resemblance to Shakespeare's comedies. The ending section places it in the category with Shakespeare's romances, due l...more
Even a cursory examination of the text makes it clear in how many ways the play strays from reality. The se...more
Shakespeare can basically do no wrong, especially writing in blank iambic pentameter, which he, along with Milton, is the master of. Metaphors and similes feel quite dry and under-used in this present-day world. The cold, calculating confidence of our scientific speech, or the crude, fractured, and unconscious poetry of slang doesn't quite cut it in comparison to the mesmerizing shapes of sound that issue like marble figures...more
Some thoughts on Leontes: “Engendering the Narrative Act” by Mary Lamb (another criticism read for grad school) got me thinking about the question what must be forgotten to move forward? Lamb writes that boys must forget their connection with the feminine to become men but deems this separation “potentially traumatic” (533). I’m curious now about the function of Leontes’ memory in the play....more
Polixenes, the King of Bohemia, has been visiting his pal King Leontes in Sicilia, and eventually he wants to go home. But after Queen Hermione convinces him to stay...more
Act I details the dawning and development of Leontes’ baseless jealousy of his innocent wife, Hermione, and his best friend, Polixenes, a jealousy that threa...more
Autolycus steals the show in the way that only a good-natured rogue can. “Though I am not naturally honest, I am sometime...more
More on that latter, but just to give an overall perspective, this is the story of a foolish king, who everything is going great for, he has a loving queen, his neighboring kingdom is run by his best friend, he has a smart young son who looks to become a good king after him and the kingdom itself is running smoothly. Then the king notices that his wife is friends with t...more
- Autolycus's scene with the clown (satire of court life, yus)
- Paulina (one badass lady)
- The bear (my favourite character)
I feel very strange giving something by Shakespeare just one star, but here we go. This is actually so far Shakespeare's only play I haven't enjoyed. I love all the other ones I've read (Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, 12th Night and Henry IV pt. 1) but this one I just couldn't get into at all.
I don't find sexual jeal...more
What I liked: the plot of the King wanting to kill his wife for presumed infidelity reminded me of Henry VIII, which would have been relevant to Shakespeare's time. Leontes would have Paranoid Delusional Disorder, and one pities him more than hates him. There are a few good and memorable lines.
The plot is one of Tremendous Loss and Redemption, G...more
Oh, I've got it: I'll write a play that begins as a tragedy–let's set it in winter because "a sad tale's best for winter" (2.1.25)– but halfway through, I'll come out on stage dressed up as Time, holding an hourglass, and re-do the whole play...more