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MonkeyNotes-Cymbeline by William Shakespeare
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CONFLICT

Protagonist: Imogen is the protagonist of the play. Although she does not change much in the course of the play, it is her unwavering fearlessness and love for Posthumus which prevents the different forces of evil that unite against her to fail. In the same way, England is under siege by the Romans and the kingdom is in disarray due to external and internal threats.

Antagonist: All of the forces that strike Imogen constitute the antagonistic elements of the play including her husband who refuses to acknowledge her fidelity. The retaliation of Belarius has resulted in the loss of her two brothers. Because of Cymbeline's wrath, she loses her husband. Posthumus's sin robs her of her love. The crime of Iachimo robs her of her reputation. Her life is threatened by the Queen, and finally, Cloten's villainy threatens her honor.


Climax: The play approaches its tragic climax in Act III, Scene 4 when Pisanio discloses to Imogen the real purpose for Posthumus's request that she leave the palace.

Outcome: The outcome is a happy one because Imogen's honor is saved as well as the kingdom's. Her reputation is cleared, her love is restored and her husband is recovered. In this way the different kinds of wrong done to Imogen are ultimately reversed.

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