William Shakespeare

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Cymbeline Symbols

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Gold and Jewelry

Gold and jewelry have a double meaning in Cymbeline, representing virtue or corruption depending on how they’re used. At the beginning of the play, before Posthumus goes into exile, he and Imogen exchange a…

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Since eagles are associated with Jupiter (the king of the Roman gods), Shakespeare frequently uses eagles to symbolize honor, victory, and the Roman Empire. In one of the more famous quotes from the play, Imogen

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Throughout Cymbeline, disguises reveal a character’s true personality, showing that a person’s everyday appearance might not reflect the reality of who they are. In Cloten’s case, disguising himself as Posthumus reveals his duplicity…

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