The Winter Tale
The Winter's Tale, a play by William Shakespeare, opens with two childhood friends who are both rulers of different kingdoms, Leontes and Polixenes
The Main Conflict
He is the king of Silicy. When he wrongfully suspects his pregnant wife, Hermione, of cheating on him with his best friend, King Polixenes, he goes berserk, he plots the murder of his old pal, puts his wife on trial for adultery, and then later orders one of his men to ditch his newborn daughter in the wilderness.
The king of Bohemia and is the best friend of leontes Polixenes is forced to flee to his home in Bohemia because Leontes suspects that he, Polixenes, has been sleeping with Leontes’s wife, Hermione.
The queen of silicy and is the wife of Leontes and mother of mother of Mammilius and Perdita. She’s unfairly accused of cheating on her husband, she’s thrown into prison, where she gives birth, prematurely, to a daughter (Perdita).
Why i chose this play
Monologue of Hermione
Sir, spare your threats:
The bug which you would fright me with I seek.
To me can life be no commodity:
The crown and comfort of my life, your favour,
I do give lost; for I do feel it gone,
But know not how it went. My second joy
And first-fruits of my body, from his presence
I am barr'd, like one infectious. My third comfort
Starr'd most unluckily, is from my breast,
The innocent milk in its most innocent mouth,
Haled out to murder: myself on every post
Proclaimed a strumpet: with immodest hatred
The child-bed privilege denied, which 'longs
To women of all fashion; lastly, hurried
Here to this place, i' the open air, before
I have got strength of limit. Now, my liege,
Tell me what blessings I have here alive,
That I should fear to die? Therefore proceed.
But yet hear this: mistake me not; no life,
I prize it not a straw, but for mine honour,
Which I would free, if I shall be condemn'd
Upon surmises, all proofs sleeping else
But what your jealousies awake, I tell you
'Tis rigor and not law. Your honours all,
I do refer me to the oracle:
Apollo be my judge!