Cymbeline | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Peggy Muñoz Simonds

This literature criticism consists of approximately 29 pages of analysis & critique of Cymbeline.
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Critical Essay by Peggy Muñoz Simonds

SOURCE: “The Marriage Topos in Cymbeline: Shakespeare's Variations on a Classical Theme,” in English Literary Renaissance, Vol. 19, No. 1, Winter, 1989, pp. 94-117.

In the following essay, Simonds studies Shakespeare's variations on the familiar Renaissance marriage theme in Cymbeline, and examines the significance of those variations in terms of contemporary politics and Protestant theology.

Perhaps the most emotionally satisfying stage image in Shakespeare's Cymbeline occurs in Act 5, scene 5, where it elicits from Posthumus the best poetry in the entire play: “Hang there like fruit, my soul, / Till the tree die” (5.5.263-64).1 This is, of course, the moment when a joyful Imogen flings her arms about the neck of her long-lost husband, who at last returns her loving embrace. Although such reunions occur elsewhere in Shakespeare's canon...

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