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The Winters Tale
Transcript of The Winters Tale
Arcadia was a place that was characterized by a period of nature and peace
It was often see as an Utopia
The inhabitants live in accordance to the "Golden Age" and are often called "noble savages"
The connection to nature allows characters to avoid the corruption civilization brings What is the Pastoral? All pastoral stories follow the same plot formula
A flight or exile from the court or city
A retreat to a rural setting
The return to the court of city from which they have fled
New insights and perspectives are gained from the rural setting, which is where characters find personal education and growth The Winter's Tale This the is the name for the pastoral escape
Can either be seen in the play or is referenced to
Shakespeare's "The Winter's Tale"
The missing 16 years that takes place between Act 3 and Act 4 is the interlude
The escape to Bohemia is the escape to the pastoral
Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet
Romeo's exile to Mantua from Verona is the interlude
The escape allows Romeo to dream the premonition of Juliet's death It began as a reaction to the pastoral
It is the reversal of the pastoral, where commercialism, city life, and man made inventions are celebrated
It must appear with the pastoral to create a juxtaposition and a tension within the story
Without an anti pastoral presence the pastoral doesn't appear to be as much of a relief
"The Winter's Tale": Sicilia
"Romeo and Juliet": Verona
"The Tempest": Milan
"Taming of the Shrew": Padua
"Othello": Venice By: Kelly Nolte Appearance of the Pastoral Elements of the Pastoral in Shakespeare genre of writing
presents an idealized version of rural life
important during the Renaissance Greeks
English Renaissance Pastoral Inversion This was unheard of before Shakespeare
It is when the place where the characters have retreated to is desolate, rather than Arcadian
the entire play is the interlude
Othello and Iago are coming from Cyprus, where they are planning to return
Venice's social and political atmosphere causes tragedy instead of self realization
The dialogue of Othello and Iago reveal their connection to the pastoral
Act 1 Scene 1: "Even now, now, very now, an old black ram/ Is tupping your white ewe."
Act 4 Scene 1: "You are welcome, sir, to Cyprus.—Goats and monkeys!" Works Cited Has appeared in both comedies and tragedies
Shakespeare's "The Tempest"
Prospero and his daughter are exiled from Milan to an island, where they stay until their return at the end of the play
Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shew"
Petruchio takes Katherine from Padua to his country house after the wedding where they stay until they return for Bianca's wedding Works Cited
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