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Pericles

William Shakespeare

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Act V, Chorus and Scene i

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Act V, Chorus and Scene i

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Act V, Chorus and Scene i

Act V, Chorus and Scene i

Act V, Chorus and Scene i

Act V, Chorus and Scene i

Unlike the other appearances of Gower, this monologue is in iambic pentameter. And while many lines do rhyme, Shakespeare's characteristic enjambment is readily obvious.

In Myteline, Marina has apparently come to be known as something of an angelic figure: she is sent to try to heal Pericles and to get him to talk. In this attempt the doubling between Marina and Pericles as virtuous sufferers is made explicit. Marina draws Pericles out of his silence not because she is his daughter; he speaks before realizing that fact. She draws him out because he senses the same suffering in her that he has experienced.

In this scene, father and daughter are reunited, but it takes them a while to figure out their connection. Like Simonides and Thaisa, Pericles and Marina form a father-daughter pair that is good, virtuous, and right--in continued opposition to the corrupt pairing of Antiochus and Antiochus's daughter. There is a tinge of incestuous possibility when Marina, who used to be a prostitute, if a failed one, is offered to the king to cheer him up. But since she is so virtuous, and he is so good, the result is the healing of a family.

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Pericles: A Life of Love and Happiness . . . Delayed

by ReadingShakespeareby450th, November 20, 2013

A fun play, hopeful message, and the last Shakespeare comedy/romance on my way to reading all of Shakespeare by his 450th birthday.

In case you're interested, here's my blog on Pericles:

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A True Fairy Tale

by BardForKidsdotcom, July 12, 2014

This is the Bard's truest fairy tale. Long-lost daughters, wicked step parents, spouses reunited, and even fire from heaven. If it weren't for the incest and brothels - Disney would have a field day with this story. An even better fairy tale than "The Tempest," or "A Midsummer Night's Dream," and most likely a precursor to "The Winters' Tale."

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5 stars

by leking33, March 31, 2017

I saw Pericles at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2005 with a multi-national cast that included several young woman who had survived the 2004 tsunami which had caused them to go mute; only by being part of the production did they start speaking again. It was done in the Botanical Gardens and when someone said "There's the castle" they pointed to the Edinburgh Castle lit up at night. One of the most magical evenings of theater I've ever experienced. After that I decided to review it for

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