Donnerstag, 1. Dezember 2011

Cymbeline (Shakespeare, 1609)

A princess loves and marries Posthumus who is not noble. He is banished by the king and from abroad tests his wife's fidelity.

I thought it was really captivating until the fifth act. All the story lines were brought to a rather abrupt finale, and several of the smaller characters were cut off-stage, ie the queen's death and, earlier, Cloten's demise. It felt a little bit mixed up as a whole and also strangely paced. Setup in the very first act is really fast, on the other hand there are monologues that only underline the obvious from a characters point of view and end with somewhat illogical conclusions and actions.

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