The Winter's Tale | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Murray M. Schwartz

This literature criticism consists of approximately 28 pages of analysis & critique of The Winter's Tale.
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Critical Essay by Murray M. Schwartz

SOURCE: Schwartz, Murray M. “Leontes' Jealousy in The Winter's Tale.American Imago 30, no. 3 (fall 1973): 250-73.

In the following essay, Schwartz offers a psychological explanation of the sources and motivations for Leontes's jealousy in The Winter's Tale.

Fatum est in partibus illis quas sinus abscondit.

Juvenal

Criticism of The Winter's Tale discloses an almost uniform denial of significant motivation in the representation of Leontes' jealousy. Norman Holland (in his pre-psychoanalytic criticism) writes: “In fact, [Shakespeare] is really quite perfunctory about the source of trouble; he doesn't even bother to motivate Leontes' jealousy.”1 Frank Kermode thinks that “Shakespeare removes Leontes' motives for jealousy.”2 G. W. Knight, committed to theological notions of Shakespeare's divine inspiration, says “...

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