Hermione’s Trail Speech and the Theme of Honor in “The Winter’s Tale”

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Essay #: 061867
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The beginning:
An Analysis of Hermione’s Trail Speech and the Theme of Honor in The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare
Cover Page and Speech Quote:
As I weigh grief, which I would spare: for honour,
'Tis a derivative from me to mine,
And only that I stand for. I appeal
To your own conscience, sir, before Polixenes
Came to your court, how I was in your grace,
How merited to be so; since he came,
With what encounter so uncurrent I
Have strain'd to appear thus: if one jot beyond
The bound of honour, or in act or will
That way inclining, harden'd be the hearts
Of all that hear me, and my near'st of kin
Cry fie upon my grave!
(3.2.42-53)
Micro Analysis:
This speech in Act III marks the period in The Winter’s Tale when Leontes puts Hermione, his wife, on...
The end:
.....resentment without providing a non-emotional and objective way in which to prove her innocence. Without any form of true justice being implemented in a courtroom dominated by Leontes, her only way to refute his arguments is my appealing to his conscience. Honor then becomes one of the sole themes of the play, as Hermione tries desperately to appeal to the irrationality of her husband. This not only entails the eventual loss of her own life, but of their child. Leontes has failed miserably at seeing the loyalty and honor of his wife, which is a tragedy to all involved.
Works Cited
Shakespeare, William. “The Winter’s Tale.” 2010. William-Shakespeare.info. July 30, 2010. < http://www.william-shakespeare.info/script-text-winters-tale.htm>