Study Guide

Cymbeline, King of Britain Act 5, Scene 1

By William Shakespeare

Act 5, Scene 1

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  • At the Roman camp, Posthumus enters and talks to a bloody cloth. We're not kidding, folks: he got it from Pisanio as "proof" of Imogen's death.
  • Posthumus feels really bad about Imogen's death. He wishes his servant wouldn't have obeyed him.
  • Posthumus tells us that he's been roped into fighting against the British because he's a Roman resident.
  • Well, forget that: Posthumus doesn't want to live with any regrets, so he swaps out his Roman uniform for a British one. That way, he won't have to fight against his homeland.
  • Posthumus hopes he can be strong and valiant on the battlefield.

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