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Shakespeare wrote The Winters Tale when he was nearing the end of his life and as a result of this it contains many different underlying themes which he wants his audience to consider In order for these morals themes to be presented convincingly the play must be constructed to integrate them in a natural way Some critics feel that this effect is not achieved such as Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch- If we really prefer this sort of thing which Gervinus calls in itself a rare masterpiece then Heaven must be our aid There are undoubtedly different views concerning the effectiveness of the structure of the play which need to each be taken into consideration if we are to draw an adequate conclusion There are certainly weaknesses within the play which could be attributed to the faults of the structure For example I think that the time period of the play could be criticized as being unconvincing The play can be divided into 3 parts according to location we travel from Sicilia to Bohemia and then return to Sicilia again for the final part of the play In Sicilia we hear of 23 days they have been absent yet in Bohemia where the longest scene takes place the time period is merely a day The theatrical conceit Shakespeare uses in Act 4 Scene 1 has also been attacked for the way it oerthrows law and unfolds error The law specifically alluded to here was the ruling of Renaissance dramatic critics about the unity of time which stipulated that the action of a play should be completed in a single day in contrary to that of oer sixteen years which Time unveils Susan Willis tells us The Winters Tale seemed a jumble an odd fusion of Othello and As You Like It Thus for generations eminent Shakespeareans told their students that the somewhat neglected play does not work This contentious flaw in the structure could also
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