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  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Proof Shakespeare used every trope, just before the climax, Jupiter, the actual god Jupiter, flies down on an eagle and tells Posthumus' ancestors that he'll make sure nothing bad happens to Posthumus, then leaves again. Actually, that whole scene with Posthumus' relatives is kind of weird.
  • Fair for Its Day: Posthumus is one of several jealous husbands in Shakespeare who attempt to kill or ruin their wives whom they mistakenly believe to have cheated on them. However, he distinguishes himself from Claudio, Othello and Leontes by repenting and showing remorse before he has discovered his wife's innocence (though after he believes her to be dead by his hand), and actually appears to forgive her supposed infidelity, even admonishing all husbands who would do violence on their wives "for wrying but a little".
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  • Ho Yay: Guiderius gets a number of lines to Imogen expressing his love (fraternal, as he always insists afterwards) for Fidele, the boy that Imogen is disguised as.
    "Were you a woman, youth, I would woo hard to be your groom. I'd bid for you as I'd buy."
  • Moral Event Horizon: The previously Laughably Evil Harmless Villain Cloten crosses it when he plans to kill Posthumus and rape Imogen while wearing Posthumus' clothes.


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