Pastoral | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Michael Taylor

This literature criticism consists of approximately 22 pages of analysis & critique of Pastoral.
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Critical Essay by Michael Taylor

SOURCE: Taylor, Michael. “The Pastoral Reckoning in Cymbeline.Shakespeare Survey 36 (1983): 97-106.

In the following essay, Taylor considers the distinction in Cymbeline between Imogen's fantasy of “pastoral innocence” and her awakening next to the headless corpse of Cloten, whom she mistakes for the body of her husband Posthumus. Taylor calls attention to the hyperbolic language of the play, as well as to the harsh and “unsentimental” pastoral setting in which Imogen finds herself.

The most astonishing scene in Cymbeline unnerves us with the grotesque spectacle of its heroine waking up in a pastoral setting from a death-like sleep (induced by Dr Cornelius' box of drugs) to the sight of what appears to be her decapitated husband sprawled alongside her. Et in Arcadia ego, with a vengeance! Until...

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