Cymbeline | Critical Essay by Peggy Muñoz Simonds

This literature criticism consists of approximately 47 pages of analysis & critique of Cymbeline.
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SOURCE: “Cymbeline as a Renaissance Tragicomedy,” in Myth, Emblem, and Music in Shakespeare's Cymbeline: An Iconographic Reconstruction, University of Delaware Press, 1992, pp. 29-65.

In the following essay, Simonds claims that negative assessments of Cymbeline are often the result of misunderstandings about the play's proper classification, and suggests that evaluated as a tragicomedy rather than a romance, the work is a masterpiece.

Yet, with my nobler reason, 'gainst my fury Do I take part. The rarer action is In virtue than in vengeance. 

The Tempest

As E. D. Hirsch, Jr., has argued, we cannot hope to interpret a literary work with any degree of accuracy, much less criticize it fairly, until we have established its genre with a high degree of certainty,1 and Ernst Gombrich has extended this same warning to the study of art history and...

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