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

Leontes is the king of Silica and Polixenes is the king of Bohemia. Polixenes wants to return home to his family. And when Polixenes refuses to extend his trip away from home, Leontes turns to his wife for advice, and she says that if he still refuses after this next warning, to hold him prisoner. Polixenes of course gives in and stays

The Main Conflict

The main conflict of the winter tale is that Leontes thinks that his best friend and his wife are having an affair.

Main Characters:

Why i chose this play

I chose this play because

I hate when in society, the men can dictate a woman's life. I don't think that this is right that a man can make up anything about the woman, and it just all of a sudden can become true.

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!