Shakespeare 's Play Cymbeline For Our Assignment And Chose Act II Scene I And Cut The Scene
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My group consisted of Kristen Magann, Gabriela Morataya, and myself. We were given Shakespeare’s play Cymbeline for our assignment and chose Act II Scene I and cut the scene short to meet the length restrictions for the performance. Cymbeline is one of Shakespeare’s romance plays and so it has a bit of everything in the way of storytelling. Many characters are introduced and eventually every separate plot point comes together. Like other romances there is a painful backstory that is eventually resolved and high stakes through the main plot between Posthumus and Imogen. Romance also requires the inclusion of comedy to add something lighthearted to the story. Cloten is an antagonist in the play and the things he threatens to do to Imogen and Posthumus are actually very dark. However, his exaggerated nature and the scene, like the one that we performed, where he is being made fun of right under his nose, keep the mood light. Cloten’s actions are a threat and yet the audience doesn’t feel he is a large dark concern to the protagonists. Adding this element of comedy helps the play to remain balanced, without this foolish aspect to Cloten’s character the play could become quite dark and heavy.
When we began to look through the play we knew that we needed a scene where three characters had nearly equal lines. This proved to be a challenge. Cymbeline thrives off miscommunications and secrets, most of the important scenes are between two characters, or consist mostly of one