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Pericles

William Shakespeare

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Act I, Scenes iv-v

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Act I, Scenes iv-v

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Act I, Scenes iv-v

Act I, Scenes iv-v

Act I, Scenes iv-v

The fishermen who aid Pericles are an example of the common people, whom we have thus far not seen in this play full of kings and princes. They are distinguished from the royals not just by their occupation, but also by their speech--they speak in prose, rather than verse. And as is common throughout Shakespeare, the regular people throw off comments of casual brilliance while going about their daily tasks, showing that even those lower down the social ladder have a very clear sense of the world, even if barely aware of their own knowledge. In this case, when the fishermen talk about the way bigger fish are more powerful than smaller ones in the sea and on land, it takes the unseen Pericles listening in to reveal the insight of the lower classes.

Pericles shows himself to be a real hero in a grand tradition--minutes after clambering to shore from his wrecked boat, he plans to enter a tournament and try for another allegedly beautiful royal offspring's hand, convinced he can't lose.

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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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