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DISCUSS THE ROLE AND SIGNIFICANCE OF CAMILLO IN THE WINTERS TALE

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´╗┐DISCUSS THE ROLE AND SIGNIFICANCE OF CAMILLO IN THE WINTER?S TALE Incidentally, Camillo, one of the lords and counsellors of Leontes introduces the audience to the play, setting the tone of the friendship between the two royal friends Leontes, the king of Sicilia and Polixenes, the king of Bohemia, thereby foreshadowing an incipient rivalry,jealousy,betrayal and reconciliation that would characterize the play, The Winter?s Tale. Camillo being one of the characters to open the play is instructive as to the dominant role he would play in it. Camillo?s trust-worthy character is what makes him the first person Leontes calls to express his suspicion about the perceived closeness between his wife, Hermione and the visiting king Polixenes.Being his confidant,Leontes expects him to have observed the amorous relationship and inform him, but being a man of conscience , he would not ...read more.

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This singular perceptiveness saves both lives. In divulging the plot to Polixenes, the true state of Camillo as a person is presented. He knows the consequence of disobeying Leontes, in either being banished or even killed. Because he could not fathom being privy to another person?s death, he decides to escape. At this point, Shakespeare probably makes a contrast between the Camillo and Antigonus.Faced with the same dilemma later, of killing Perdita, Antigonus is ready to carry out the order of the king, though morally wrong. The actions of Camillo and Antigonus also engenders the theme of loyalty versus conscience. Both characters are loyal to the king, but while one draws a line between loyalty and conscience, the other, namely Antigonus blindly carries out a morally wrong order. ...read more.

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Though planned with a different motive, this course of action of planning the fleeing of Perdita and Florizel would be one ingredient that helps resolve the major conflicts of the play.As planned, Polixenes chases his crown prince to Bohemia and Camillo follows. In the end, the three friends are reconciled. The identity of Perdita as the lost daughter of Leontes is revealed and the culmination of giving a happy ending to the play by Shakespeare is the resurrection of Hermione by the magical, Paulina. And suitably so, Camillo is aptly rewarded by the end of the play. He is restored to his beloved land and rewarded with Paulina as a wife. The reason for Camillo?s first appearance before other major characters in the play becomes obvious later in the play, as he is aptly presented as the true counsellor,and a unifying character not only in resolving conflicts, but also in reconciling friends. ...read more.

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