Cymbeline Study Guide


Cymbeline by William Shakespeare

A complex play that is neither tragedy nor comedy, Cymbeline is a story of love, deception and jealousy. Imogen is in love with Posthumus, but her father, the king, wants her to marry Cloten, the son of his second wife, the Queen. After Posthumus is banished and tricked, Imogen disguises herself as a boy and runs after him. Desperate to have her son become king, the Queen plots to kill her husband and Imogen. In the end, only the bad characters are punished, while good comes to the others.

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