Tales from Shakespeare - The Winter's Tale and Much Ado About Nothing Summary & Analysis

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The Winter's Tale and Much Ado About Nothing Summary

"The Winter's Tale is a fanciful tale full of drama, romance and reconciliation. Leontes, king of Sicily, is married to beautiful and virtuous Hermione. His best friend, Polixenes, king of Bohemia, comes to visit him. Leontes becomes intensely jealous of his friend and doubts his wife's faithfulness. Because of this unfounded jealousy, he asks his lord, Camillo, to poison him. Instead, Camillo helps Polixenes escape to Bohemia, where he too remains. The enraged king sends his wife to prison away from her little son Mamillius. He then sends two lords to the oracle of Delphos to inquire whether his queen had been unfaithful. Hermione gives birth to a baby girl in prison. Paulina, Hermione's friend, asks to take the baby to the king, thinking his heart will soften. However, the king orders the...

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