Overview - "Cymbeline" tells the story of a British king, Cymbeline, and his three children, presented as though they are in a fairy tale. The secret marriage of Cymbeline s daughter, Imogen, triggers much of the action, which includes villainous slander, homicidal jealousy, cross-gender disguise, a deathlike trance, and the appearance of Jupiter in a vision. Read more...
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More About Cymbeline by William Shakespeare; Barbara A. Mowat; Paul WerstineOverview"Cymbeline" tells the story of a British king, Cymbeline, and his three children, presented as though they are in a fairy tale. The secret marriage of Cymbeline s daughter, Imogen, triggers much of the action, which includes villainous slander, homicidal jealousy, cross-gender disguise, a deathlike trance, and the appearance of Jupiter in a vision.
Kidnapped in infancy, Cymbeline s two sons are raised in a Welsh cave. As young men, they rescue a starving stranger (Imogen in disguise); kill Cymbeline s stepson; and fight with almost superhuman valor against the Roman army. The king, meanwhile, takes on a Roman invasion rather than pay a tribute. He too is a familiar figure a father who loses his children and miraculously finds them years later; a king who defeats an army and grants pardon to all.
"Cymbeline" displays unusually powerful emotions with a tremendous charge. Like some of Shakespeare s other late work especially "The Winter s Tale" and "The Tempest" it is an improbable story lifted into a nearly mythic realm.
The authoritative edition of "Cymbeline" from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the trusted and widely used Shakespeare series for students and general readers, includes:
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-Scene-by-scene plot summaries
-A key to the play s famous lines and phrases
-An introduction to reading Shakespeare s language
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-An annotated guide to further reading
Essay by Cynthia Marshall
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