Magic and Forgiveness in The Winter's Tale
Repentant and hopeful, Leontes, who thought he had forever lost his family, is reunited with his wife and daughter and finds joy in the face of loss.
Something magical does happen. A man is forgiven for something that in his mind
is beyond forgiveness and now is embracing the woman whom he thought he
had lost forever.
Somehow in the theater we can be Leontes and Hermione we can experience what it
would be like to embrace Paulina's offer.
Awake your hope, awake your optimism. Awake your love.
She's saying to the audience
whether it's Leontes or the people watching this play, you can't just watch
this part of the transformation that I want to create is the transformation of
you because I'm going to awaken your sense of possibility.
Hermione and Leontes have dared to have faith in a future while knowing all that
has happened in the past.
Perdita is found but their son is lost.
The joy is a void. The joy is a darker joy, a deeper joy because it has to exist
in the face of loss.