The Winter's Tale | Critical Essay by Charles W. Hieatt

This literature criticism consists of approximately 19 pages of analysis & critique of The Winter's Tale.
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Critical Essay by Charles W. Hieatt

SOURCE: "The Function of Structure in The Winter's Tale," in The Yearbook of English Studies, Vol. 8, 1978, pp. 238-48.

In the essay below, Hieatt examines "the adherence of mortals to a standard of ideal behaviour" as the shaping principle which forms a coherent basis of the play's structural segments.

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That The Winter's Tale presents an experimental, twopart structure has been generally agreed since the time of Thomas Price, a late Victorian critic who described the play as 'a genuine diptych', the first part of which is 'a tragedy and the second a comedy'.1 On the other hand, opinion of the success of this structure has changed radically, the once maligned gap in time between Acts III and IV now being regarded as less a flaw than an index of Shakespeare's over-all design. Whereas Price found that 'in passing...

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