Frances Dolan examines the complicated relationship between the Queen and Imogen. Imogen who is presented as the paragon of feminine virtue in contrast to the queen, a steryoticial villainous step mother. The Queen is plotting to murder both Imogen and Cymbeline, to secure her bloodline though she is eventually thwarted.
The queen even tries to control Cymbeline though her feminine whiles purely to get power. Because her evil comes out of a hunger for status and power, Shakespeare leaves us to question what exactly status and power are—and what it means to want them.