out of 5
Review by Broodingferret
This was a fun diversion from school work. Not one of my favorite plays by the Bard, but well-done, regardless. I often find that Shakespeare's histories rely a bit too heavily on the deus ex machina of god(s)/fate/magic/whatever to wrap up their conflicts, as though historical occurrences, at the time of their commencement, had to have been preordained in order to have unfolded as they did. I realize this lends a mythic property to historical events, and that the whole "the universe always rights itself" thing was endemic to the Elizabethan mind (see The Elizabethan World View by E. M. W. Tillyard for a full treatment of the subject), but it gets a bit repetitive, at least from my vantage point in the 21st Century. The language of Cymbeline, however, as is the case in all of Shakespeare's plays that I've read, is beautifully rendered and more than makes up for any predictability of plot, so I certainly have no regrets in reading it.