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The Tragedy Within A Romance In 1623 the complete works of Shakespeare were published in the First Folio Within this Folio were the works of Shakespeare categorized by their genre There were tragedies histories comedies and the final four were romances Prior to this time romance was not a widespread genre in anyones writings We can see by means of the genealogy of writing that the romance we know today was created through the combination of the Greek novels and Shakespearean comedies This alliance between the two genres is apparent in Shakespeares Winters Tale The most obvious indication to this suggestion is in the first three acts of the play Within these acts a whole tragedy can be seen and all its parts defined to show that this Romance was written by meshing to types of play together The first three acts of the Winters Tale are where the tragedy takes place These three acts can be broken down into five acts as suggested by Bill the great comparative literian The first of these five acts is the exposition The story is set up and you are thrust into Leontes internal passion of jealousy The second act is where Leontes expresses his passion externally by accusing Hermione of sleeping with Polixenes He then has his wife taken off to jail The third act is where we see the first contest or agon This takes place when Paulina brings the baby daughter from jail and presents it to Leontes The two battle back and forth attempting to prove themselves The fourth act is the main agon or the place at which we are at the peak of competition Hermione stands before the king and the lords and she denies infidelity However no matter how convincing she is Leontes mind is set as to her actions in the past The fifth act is the resolution and this
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