Pericles, Prince of Tyre, comes to woo the daughter of King Antiochus in spite of the decree that he must first guess the answer to a riddle or lose his life. He interprets the riddle, which shows that Antiochus is living in incest with his own daughter. Horrified, Pericles flees back to Tyre whence he puts to sea. Coming to Tharsus, he saves the city from famine, to the gratitude of Cleon the Governor. Pericles is wrecked at Pentapolis, and disguised he appears at the Court of King Simonides, where in a tourney he wins the prize and weds the King's daughter, Thaisa. After some months, they put to sea to return to Tyre, when a great storm arises. Thaisa is delivered of a girl, but seemingly dies, and is cast overboard in a chest, which is thrown ashore at Ephesus, where she is restored to life. She becomes a priestess of Diana. The child, Marina, is entrusted to Cleon and his wife Dionyza. Fourteen years pass, and Marina has grown up into a beautiful young woman to the jealous indignation of Dionyza, who orders her servant to murder Marina. Pirates intervene and carry her away to Metaline where she is sold to a brothel-keeper; but her purity and goodness so abash all comers (including the Governor, Lord Lysimachus) that she is released. Pericles, on visiting Tharsus, is told that Marina is dead; but when his ship reaches Ephesus, she is brought on board. Pericles recognizes her as his daughter and betrothes her to Lysimachus. The party go on to Ephesus where Pericles tells his story in the Temple of Diana in the presence of Thaisa. Father, mother and daughter are thus joyfully reunited, and Marina marries Lysimachus.
Original title: The Play of Pericles, Prince of Tyre
Genre: Drama and Plays→ English→ Elizabethan
This work is a subwork of the following works :
Complete Works of Shakespeare (1951) [Omnibus Volume]
Author: William Shakespeare