The Winter's Tale | Critical Essay by Richard H. Abrams

This literature criticism consists of approximately 13 pages of analysis & critique of The Winter's Tale.
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Critical Essay by Richard H. Abrams

SOURCE: Abrams, Richard H. “Leontes's Enemy: Madness in The Winter's Tale.” In Aspects of Fantasy: Selected Essays from the Second International Conference on the Fantastic in Literature and Film, edited by William Coyle, pp. 155-62. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1986.

In the following essay, Abrams examines the source of Leontes's jealousy, noting that “[under the spell of jealousy, Leontes is changed. His good angel, reason, abandons him, and the tempter, imagination, does his thinking for him.”]

Just before their duel, Hamlet apologizes to Laertes for his wild behavior at Ophelia's grave by placing the blame on an “enemy” that took over when Hamlet “from himself [was] ta'en away”(V.ii.234).1 This “enemy” in Hamlet's expansion of the figure becomes...

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