Several characters in The Winter’s Tale face terrible injustice from a powerful and unjust force. They respond in different ways. Whose approach worked best? One central question of Acts II and III is, in the abstract, “How should we respond to injustice and tyranny?” Or in more concrete terms: “which of these characters responds best to injustice and tyranny?


You’re probably aware that the world is not always a fair and just place. As you move into adulthood, you’ll need to figure out what to do when you find yourself facing an unfair authority—a government agency, an employer, maybe even a parent—and Shakespeare’s characters offer us some different choices.

This video is followed by another one on Acts IV and V.

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