This posting examines similarities and differences with Othello and Leontes with regard to the imagined infidelities that they believe exist with their wives.
Both characters are guided by emotions rather than reason. For example, please note that Leontes ' imagined infidelities derive from bits of distorted reality after he learns that Hermione has persuaded Polixenes to stay a bit longer. Leontes also views their friendly conversation as evidence of this alleged adulterous romance. He assumes that they are "paddling palms and pinching fingers, / . . . and making practiced smiles / As in a looking glass."
He later suspects that his son, Mamillius, is the product of this alleged affair between Hermione and Polixenes. As a result, the consequences of this imagined ...
Two Shakespearean works are discussed in terms of infidelity.