Tales from Shakespeare Themes

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One of the most popular recurring themes in Shakespeare's Tales is nobility. In "As You Like It", nobility is the theme that a main character, though raised without education, Orlando in this story, exhibits all the the nobility of a well-educated person because of his noble heritage and inherently good nature.

In the tale "Cymbeline" one encounters once again many noble characters. Imogen is virtuous, loyal and brave. She forgives her father for banishing her husband, and her husband who had not believed her to be faithful and had wanted her dead. She shows her courage by setting out by herself in a strange forest and later becoming page to a Roman general during a war. Pisanio is also an honest, kind man and refuses to kill Imogen, instead helping her.

Posthumus, though he doubted his wife's virtue, later shows his nobility and courage by not wanting to...

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