Pericles is a Shakespeare play that’s all about the power of personal morality. When the play opens with Pericles realizing that the king is involved in an incestuous relationship and Pericles may be killed for this knowledge, you are instantly riveted. With a shipwreck, a brothel, a birth, a revival from “death,” a kidnapping, a marriage, a conversion and other events and amazing discoveries, this short play is action packed from beginning to end!
Themes: chastity; courage; loyalty; family; leadership; love
Principles: One can choose to do what’s right no matter the circumstances.
1- Is it possible to maintain your values in the face of evil? How?
2- How can you discern the right action when others are shouting their opinions?
3- Is hope ever lost? Why or why not?
4- What is realistic and not realistic in this play? Is the story still effective with unrealistic elements? Can it still teach us? Why or why not?