Staging the Henrician Court : KEY QUESTION - Is Jupiter's verdict fair?

This page last changed on Jan 20, 2010 by Eleanor Rycroft.

The trajectory of The Play of the Weather leads inexorably to Jupiter's verdict, so please use this question to share your thoughts about what his judgment means, both in terms of the play and also in terms of Tudor royal policy.  Located at a point in history just prior to Henry VIII's break with the Roman Catholic church, does Jupiter rehearse absolute power during this play?  What is the significance of the weather remaining exactly as it was before?  Is his verdict fair - or does the fact that Jupiter foresees "remedy" at the very outset of the play negate the drama at the heart of the piece and render the suitors' petitions pointless? 

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