Shakespeare shows that women are noble and virtuous. Hermione is faithful and forgiving even when she is tried for adultery and treason. She forgives Leontes after he falsely accuses, imprisons her, and takes away her child. Paulina stays with the queen and speaks out to the king at the risk of her own life. Finally Perdita is innocent and sweet. She portrays innocence and is unaware of her father’s dispute. In the end each woman rises above the circumstances and displays virtue, courage and nobility.