Cymbeline

Cymbeline

Jailers Character Analysis

Read our modern English translation.
The Jailers imprison Posthumus, who was found in a Roman uniform after the battle and condemned for opposing the British. The First Jailer has a philosophical discussion with Posthumus about death being an escape from the pain of the world. He marvels at the repentant Posthumus’ willingness to die, wishing that the world were a peaceful place, even though that would put him out of a job.
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Jailers Character Timeline in Cymbeline

The timeline below shows where the character Jailers appears in Cymbeline. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 5, Scene 3
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...captives. The British captains present Posthumus to Cymbeline. The King passes Posthumus off to a jailer, and the whole group leaves. (full context)
Act 5, Scene 4
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Posthumus is locked up in his cell. The jailers invite him to eat whatever he can scavenge within the prison walls. They leave, and... (full context)
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The First Jailer returns and asks if Posthumus is ready for death. Posthumus answers that he has long... (full context)
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Just then, a messenger enters, telling the First Jailer to remove Posthumus’ shackles and bring him to Cymbeline. Posthumus says that this is good... (full context)