Shakespeare's Characters: Imogen (Cymbeline)From The Works of William Shakespeare.Vol. Morris and Co. Or did he love at this moment, and was he himself thus IMOGENI’ll follow, sir. An Italian gentleman. Imogen, like Juliet, conveys to our mind the impression of extreme simplicity in the midst of the most wonderful complexity. To what end?Why should I write this down, that's riveted, Screw'd to my memory? and character of her beauty are placed before us. As in Cleopatra and Cressida we had woman determined solely by her sex, so in Imogen we have an embodiment of the highest possible characteristics of womanhood — untainted health of soul, unshaken fortitude, constancy that withstands all trials, inexhaustible forbearance, unclouded intelligence, love that never wavers, and unquenchable radiance of spirit. You must forget to be a woman; changeCommand into obedience: fear and niceness—The handmaids of all women, or, more truly,Woman its pretty self—into a waggish courage:Ready in gibes, quick-answer’d, saucy andAs quarrelous as the weasel; nay, you mustForget that rarest treasure of your cheek,Exposing it—but, O, the harder heart!Alack, no remedy!—to the greedy touch Of common-kissing Titan, and forgetYour laboursome and dainty trims, whereinYou made great Juno angry. along with the man of her choice, Imogen is doomed to death by her cruelly-deceived husband, whom alone she adores; and through it all she preserves her love He had, then, observed or encountered such a love — encountered it at this point of his life? Strange — very strange! …How fit his garmentsserve me! I have enough:To the trunk again, and shut the spring of it. Teach your students to analyze literature like LitCharts does. beloved at the end of the fifth decade of his life? It is true that the conjugal tenderness of Imogen is at once the chief subject of the drama and the pervading charm of her character; but it is not true, I think, that she is merely interesting from her tenderness and constancy to her husband. Posthumus has asserted that, Pisanio can hardly believe that Posthumus is ordering him to kill, Pisanio hands Posthumus’ second letter to, ...her fair skin. This British princess is just about as perfect as they come: she's wise, beautiful, resourceful, and—most importantly—she's honest. Students love them!”, LitCharts uses cookies to personalize our services. If there is a weakness in Imogen, it lies in the fact that she is almost too perfect; one might say that she more closely resembles a male fantasy than a convincing woman character. We are so completely let into Wherefore write you notWhat monster’s her accuser? in defiance of the will of King Cymbeline. The probability is, doubtless, that he wrote from some quite fresh experience, though it does not follow that the experience was actually his own. Even a poet has scant enough opportunities of observing love. Imogen in Cymbeline, King of Britain. Mentioning how lucky Posthumus is to have such a wife, Iachimo swears that, ...left, the Second Lord berates Cloten, calling him an “ass.” He expresses his sorrow for, ...Lucretia in Roman legend) in the way he sneaks quietly across the floor. A British nobleman, unjustly banished by Cymbeline. Heaven mend all! Cymbeline's daughter, the British princess. Yea, bloody cloth, I’ll keep thee, for I wish’dThou shouldst be colour’d thus. Posthumus takes this as final confirmation that Iachimo has stained, ...that his mother appeared to his father like the chaste Diana, and so too did, ...a letter from his master, Pisanio feels dismayed by its contents. Our, Imogen is the British princess. Cymbeline's daughter, the British princess. Cymbeline's eldest son and Imogen's brother, he was kidnapped and raised by Belarius under the name of Polydore. Cymbeline was one of Shakespeare's more popular plays during the eighteenth century, though critics including Samuel Johnson took issue with its complex plot: 18. …For there’s no motionThat tends to vice in man, but I affirmIt is the woman’s part: be it lying, note it,The woman’s; flattering, hers; deceiving, hers;Lust and rank thoughts, hers, hers; revenge, hers;Ambitions, covetings, change of prides, disdain,Nice longing, slanders, mutability,All faults that may be named, nay, that hell knows,Why, hers, in part or all; but rather, all;For even to viceThey are not constant but are changing stillOne vice, but of a minute old, for oneNot half so old as that. After her brothers were abducted from the nursery as infants, Imogen became Cymbeline ’s sole heir. is unworthy of Imogen, or only interesting on Imogen's account.