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Pericles

William Shakespeare

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Act V, Scene ii

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Act V, Scene ii

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Act V, Scene ii

Act V, Scene ii

Act V, Scene ii

We are left with a sense that the ordeals of Pericles all had a divine plan--that he was in some way being tested in order to prove that he would not curse the gods or turn to evil deeds, even when faced with the harshest sufferings. Instead he accepted things as fate, and tried to go on, in stark contrast to those who in the face of envy (in Tarsus) or lust (in Antioch) fell into corrupt actions and doomed themselves.

Pericles and his family and the other good people in this play are rewarded at the end for holding up against all odds, without a single good sign, and no indication that they operated under any divine plan. Job, at least, knew he was being tested, but Pericles seems not to have had such knowledge. He just kept on, resigned to the power of fate, and he lucked out in the end.

However this kind of punishment or reward for virtue seems to only touch the upper classes. What about, for example, the brothel keepers? Somehow because they are not royalty, their corruption is allowed to continue, whereas in the nobles it must be punished.

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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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