"' You speak a language that I understand not': The Rhetoric of Animation in The Winter's Tale". by Lynn Enterline Shakespeare Quarterly 48 (1997): 17-44. . Thesis Statement.
by Lynn EnterlineShakespeare Quarterly 48 (1997): 17-44.
"The elabotate Pygmalion fantasy offtered in the last scene as a way to resolve the problems inaugurated by Hermione's initially 'portent' tongue tells us that before we can begin to hear the full resonance of her concluding silence, we must consider the relationship between, on the one hand, the trope of the female voice in the Ovdian-Petrarchan traditions that Shakespeare inherits and transforms in this play and, on the other, the quite specific rhetoric concerns through whcih The Winter's Tale reads that traditon, turning into theatrical metacommentrary"
"Hermione's courtroom protest that she stand somehow outside the restrictive terms of Leontes's accusation. ... Her husband's 'language,' like his jealousy, violates her sense of herself" (26).