Florizel and Perdita in "Winter's Tale" Analytical Essay by The Research Group
Florizel and Perdita in "Winter's Tale"
An analysis of the roles and influence of Florizel and Perdita in Shakespeare's "The Winter's Tale".
# 69879 | 1,139 words | 2 sources | APA | 2003 |
Published on Dec 01, 2003 in Literature (English) , Shakespeare (General)
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This paper discusses and compares the influences and roles of Florizel, the son of Polixenes, and Perdita, the daughter of Leontes, on the actions of their parents. Specifically, the paper compares the statement of how Polixenes feels about his son with the reconciliation type role that Perdita plays in Act V.
From the Paper:"Despite the relationship the two kings have with each other and the hope they have for their sons to grow up as brothers as they did (or perhaps because of it -- Leontes never seems to give good cause for his jealousy (Evans 1565)), Leontes suffers from a severe case of jealousy and is suspicious that Polixenes and Hermione are having an affair and desires Polixenes death (I.ii). One of his most loyal subjects (Camillo) warns Polixenes of Leontes' desire to see him poisoned whereupon they both flee to Bohemia (I.ii.410-465). This only confirms Leontes' suspicions, further angering him to the point where he forcibly separates Hermione from Mamillus and sends Hermione to jail despite her pregnant condition and protests of innocence (II.i.33-125). As a result, Hermione goes into early labor and has a daughter, whom Leontes refuses to acknowledge and sends to be left in the wilderness to die (II.ii). When news from the oracle returns claiming that Hermione is innocent, he again refuses to listen, forcing his own opinion over the knowledge of the gods. His son, Mamillus, ends up dead from the stress of losing his mother and Hermione is pronounced dead upon hearing of the death of her son and banishment of her daughter (III.i). Only then does Leontes understand how mistaken he has been and begin to regret how his jealousy has destroyed his life and killed or alienated those he loved most in the world (III.ii.232-42)."
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