Base your answer on Act 1 scene 2
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gradesaver addresses the dialogue directed at the audience in its summary and analysis. I have provided the direct link below;
short answer....... the audience learns of Leontes' jealousy and suspicions first hand; he questions his own son in regard to his true parentage, and he places a death sentence on his wife that it seems will be carried out. The audience might be horrified as they well know that Polixenes is without blame.