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Tales from Shakespeare: The Winter’s Tale

w.taleIn the first part of the story, King Leontes of Sicily is with his beloved wife, Hermione and a dear royal friend from Bohemia, Polixenes. He came from Bohemia to visit his friend. But his repeatedly being with the queen, made the king jealous. He sent his wife to prison. This was seen by the king’s son, Mamillius, who later died of grief. When she was in prison, she gave birth to a girl child. The cruel Leontes sent a royal subject to leave her on a deserted coast of a faraway island. The subject accidently leaves the child on the coast of Bohemia, the country of Polixenes. Then the queen also dies. He then felt regret for his actions.

A shepherd finds the baby. He adopted her and nursed her tenderly. Perdita, the baby, grew up to be a beautiful maiden. The king, Polixenes had a son Florizel. They disguised themselves and visited the shepherds house. Then Florizel sees Perdita and falls in love with her and she him.

Who Perdita really was, was later discovered in the story. In a mad rush of confusion all gets resolved in many ways. And Leontes, along with his daughter, he also got back his wife, who really had not died. Everything ends happily.

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Tales from Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

1774In the story, it is the eve of the marriage of Theseus, the duke of Athens to Hippolyta, the queen of the Amazons. Four young people are important in the story, Hermia, whose father, Egeus has given his word to Demetrius that he may marry her. Then there was another young noble, Lysander, who also is in love with Hermia (and she him), and finally there is Helena, who is a serving girl to Hermia, wasin love with Demetrius.

Then there is a fairy king, Oberon and queen, Titania. They are fussing over a young boy who she is caring for but in Oberon’s point of view, caring too much. And then Oberon, when he is  alone, finds all the four lovers in the forest but separated from each other. Oberon casts love magic on the people who he thinks are lovers. But really they are not. And at last, Demetrius and Helena loved each other and Hermia and Lysander loved each other.

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Tales from Shakespeare: The Tempest

iPad-book-The-TempestProspero, the rightful duke of Milan, has been betrayed and cast off into the open ocean with his young daughter Miranda. Their boat comes to an island where they live for many years in safety. The people who betrayed him, his brother Antonio, Alonso the King of Naples, Ferdinand Alonso’s son and others had gone to a wedding in N. Africa and on their way home, Prospero magically brings their ship to his island. Prospero, when he was in his country, gave his political powers to his brother and pursued his studies, i.e. magic and the occult. With the powers he learned, he had freed a spirit from the witch Sycorax, who had died. The spirit, whose name was Ariel, became a slave to Prospero. Prospero also enslaved a monster called Caliban, whose mother was Sycorax. Ferdinand gets separated from the others and meets Miranda, who falls in love with Ferdinand, the innocent and decent son of Alonso. Ahead in the story, all ends well, Prospero is to be reinstalled the duke of Milan, the brothers reconcile, Miranda and Ferdinand will marry and the spirit Ariel is to be freed from Prospero’s control and Caliban is also to be freed to be his nasty self.

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