Study Guide

Cymbeline, King of Britain Act 5, Scene 2

By William Shakespeare

Act 5, Scene 2

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  • Lucius, Iachimo, and the Roman army enter on one side of the stage; the British army enters on the other. Posthumus follows.
  • Iachimo loses his sword to Posthumus (in disguise) and feels guilty about pretending to hook up with Posthumus's girl.
  • After Posthumus has left, Iachimo says he feels bad for slandering Imogen's good name. He figures that he is like all Romans—mere mortals—unlike British, who men are gods.
  • The battle rages on, and Cymbeline is overtaken.
  • It's Belarius, Guiderius, and Arviragus to the rescue. The three men rescue Cymbeline. Then Posthumus enters along with more British peeps.
  • Lucius realizes he and the Romans are defeated.

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