"The Winter's Tale"
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This paper examines how of all the plays written by Shakespeare, "The Winter's Tale" is one of the most difficult to classify and how it doesn't fit comfortably into the classifications of comedy, history or tragedy. It looks at how the play itself progressively changes genre and how it is a good example of Shakespeare's stance on genre which allows him to experiment with different types of writing.
From the Paper:"Contextually, Shakespeare was a writer who dealt with the social issues of his time. He wrote The Winter's Tale as two major trends of thought were developing in England: realism and cynicism. The influence of these trends seems to be evident in The Winter's Tale. For example, Leontes' jealous imagination twists his reality as he begins to believe that everyone is against him because they think Hermione is innocent. Then the family is strategically reconstructed, in terms of redemption within it and reconciliation, with the daughter lost and the mother supposedly dead the family was destroyed, but come the conclusion of the play the family has reconstructed itself , and Shakespeare uses acts of the play to explore the unusual means that this comes about. This all happens after Leontes suffers the guilt that was warranted for this reconstruction to take place."
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