Annotation of Act 2 Scene 1

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Mamilius is the teller of "the winter's tale," not the adults. Children own this story, we need the magic of children, children are the magic-producers.
Excerpt: 
A sad tale’s best for winter.
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Act 2 Scene 1

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In addition to being a child, is also a royal. There was this 'old wives tales' or 'oral tales tradition' where lower class women servants and nurses would tell the tales of ghosts, hell, etc. These female narrators were often pictured as old and ugly. So Shakespeare's narrator as Mamilius is change to perhaps make the story more realistic (give it more ground) and not merely a stuff of dreams.

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