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Pericles

William Shakespeare

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Act II, Scenes iv-v

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Act II, Scenes iv-v

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Act II, Scenes iv-v

Act II, Scenes iv-v

Act II, Scenes iv-v

The short scene in which Pericles plays an instrument advances the plot in no way and is a mere fifteen lines long. The scene moreover, seems to be adapted from another text written by George Wilkins (who is considered by many to be Shakespeare's co-author in this play, and the primary author of the first nine scenes). The scene does not appear in the First Quarto or other editions, but some editors choose to include it. See Context for more discussion of the authorship of this play.

Simonides certainly arranges the marriage in a curious way. Pretending to call Pericles a traitor and threatening to banish him makes Pericles anxious to preserve his honor, while Thaisa declares openly that she loves Pericles. But Pericles says nothing about how he feels about Thaisa, beyond the king's initial questions about how he likes her, to which he responds tepidly. In the end, Pericles seems content to have married Thaisa, but not as enthused as is Thaisa, or even Simonides. Presumably Simonides's little game was intended to draw out the real feelings of the couple, which for Pericles seem mostly to revolve around honor, rather than declarations of love.

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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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