Annotation of Act 4 Scene 4

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This says quite a lot about Perdita's character - although she is born from nobility, her upbringing separates her from the rest of her class and family, and as such she is nervous about not belonging. And yet, Shakespeare writes her dialogue with more similarity to that of the nobility than the commonfolk shown in the play. What does this say about Shakespeare's values and beliefs about the importance of bloodlines and the significance of class?
Should I, in these my borrowed flaunts, behold  The sternness of his presence?
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Act 4 Scene 4

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I see two ways of interpreting how Perdita's class represents Shakespeare's views. The first, and more pessimistic one, is that she speaks differently than common folk because she simply is not one. She doesn't know it, but her bloodline of power and class is so strong that even though she was raised amongst average people she has still developed into a person with more class.
The second, and one I believe is more likely from Shakespeare, is that this means that some people are simply more capable than others, regardless of how they are raised. There is something innate in them, but that is not necessarily tied to royalty. Shakespeare didn't come from a "good" bloodline, yet I believe he likely thought of himself as having some class.

I think its interesting that Shakespeare chose to have Perdita return to Sicilia after being raised by non-royals. It shows how Shakespeare places a lot of emphasis on class since it mattered more than Perdita had royal blood than it did that she was raised by a Shepherd.

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