The Winters Tale: The Tragedy Within A Romance Essay

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The Winters Tale: The Tragedy Within A Romance

The Winter's Tale: The Tragedy Within A Romance


In 1623, the complete works of Shakespeare were published in the First
Folio. Within this Folio were the works of Shakespeare categorized by their
genre. There were tragedies, histories, comedies, and the final four were
romances. Prior to this time, romance was not a widespread genre in anyone's
writings. We can see by means of the "genealogy" of writing, that the romance
we know today was created through the combination of the Greek novels and
Shakespearean comedies. This alliance between the two genres is apparent in
Shakespeare's Winter's Tale. The most obvious indication to this suggestion is
in the first three acts of the play. Within these acts a whole tragedy can be
seen and all it's parts defined to show that this Romance was written by
meshing to types of play together.
The first three acts of the Winter's Tale are where the tragedy takes
place. These three acts can be broken down into five acts, as suggested by Bill,
the great comparative literian. The first of these five acts is the exposition.
The story is set up and you are thrust into Leontes internal passion of jealousy.
The second act is where Leontes expresses his passion externally by accusing
Hermione of sleeping with Polixenes. He then has his wife taken off to jail.
The third act is where we see the first contest, or agon. This takes place when
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