Cymbeline

Jupiter Character Analysis

Read our modern English translation.
The king of the gods. Characters often pray to the gods throughout the play for protection and favor. Descending on an eagle and in a cloud of thunder, Jupiter visits Posthumus in a dream and assures him that everything will work out for the best, even leaving a tablet with a prophecy inscribed on it on the sleeping Posthumus’ chest. Jupiter claims to favor Posthumus, and much of Posthumus’ misfortune can be attributed to Jupiter’s desire to make his favorite people suffer so that they will appreciate his favor even more when it comes.

Jupiter Quotes in Cymbeline

The Cymbeline quotes below are all either spoken by Jupiter or refer to Jupiter. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Morality and Loyalty Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Simon & Schuster edition of Cymbeline published in 2003.
Act 5, Scene 4 Quotes

No more, you petty spirits of region low,
Offend our hearing; hush! How dare you ghosts
Accuse the thunderer, whose bolt, you know,
Sky-planted batters all rebelling coasts?
Poor shadows of Elysium, hence, and rest
Upon your never-withering banks of flowers:
Be not with mortal accidents opprest;
No care of yours it is; you know ‘tis ours.
Whom best I love I cross; to make my gift,
The more delay’d, delighted. Be content;
Your low-laid son our godhead will uplift:
His comforts thrive, his trials well are spent.
Our Jovial star reign’d at his birth, and in
Our temple was he married. Rise, and fade.
He shall be lord of lady Imogen,
And happier much by his affliction made.
This tablet lay upon his breast, wherein
Our pleasure his full fortune doth confine:
and so, away: no further with your din
Express impatience, lest you stir up mine.
Mount, eagle, to my palace crystalline.

Related Symbols: Eagles
Page Number: 5.4.Lines 96-116
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Jupiter Character Timeline in Cymbeline

The timeline below shows where the character Jupiter appears in Cymbeline. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 5, Scene 4
The Gods and Fate Theme Icon
Sicilius Leonatus calls on Jupiter. He asks the god to stop punishing lowly mortals, and instead focus on conflicts in... (full context)
Forgiveness and Reconciliation Theme Icon
Nobility Theme Icon
...Brother comments that Posthumus has been just as loyal and helpful to Cymbeline, and asks Jupiter why the god hasn’t rewarded Posthumus with what he deserves for his service—especially now, when... (full context)
The Gods and Fate Theme Icon
Sicilius echoes his son, asking Jupiter not to punish the brave Britons. Posthumus’ mother implores the god to take away Posthumus’... (full context)
The Gods and Fate Theme Icon
Suddenly, Jupiter himself descends amid thunder and lighting. He sits on top of an eagle and throws... (full context)
The Gods and Fate Theme Icon
Jupiter asks the ghosts to rest in peace and not to worry about what happens on... (full context)
The Gods and Fate Theme Icon
Jupiter has always had a special connection to Posthumus. Posthumus was born under Jupiter’s star and... (full context)
The Gods and Fate Theme Icon
Sicilius marvels at Jupiter’s ascent on an eagle that almost threatened to kick them. He interprets that the god... (full context)
Act 5, Scene 5
Imperialism vs. Independence Theme Icon
Forgiveness and Reconciliation Theme Icon
The Gods and Fate Theme Icon
...Rome. Cymbeline exhorts everyone to go with him to London to thank the gods at Jupiter’s temple. On the road, the Roman and British flags will fly together, and Cymbeline remarks... (full context)