The Winter's Tale | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Martha Ronk

This literature criticism consists of approximately 39 pages of analysis & critique of The Winter's Tale.
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Critical Essay by Martha Ronk

SOURCE: "Recasting Jealousy: A Reading of The Winter's Tale," in Literature and Psychology, Vol. XXXVI, Nos. 1 and 2, 1990, pp. 50-77.

In the following essay, Ronk compares Leontes to Othello, and demonstrates that the function of elapsed time in The Winter's Tale allows a psychological shift in Leontes which does not occur in Othello.

In the middle of The Winter's Tale the character Time announces that Leontes disappears for sixteen years, only a piece of an evening in stage time, but symbolically crucial for positing the opportunity for change, for turning tragedy to romance, destructive obsession to grace. As in so many other Shakespeare plays, obliteration—here not just metaphorical but of an actual figure on stage—argues for possibility. Leontes takes on years of penance, following Paulina's prescribed routine, and finally...

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