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  • Structure Of Shakespeare Comedies
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    The Characteristics of Shakespeare's Comedies Shakespeare wrote many different forms of literary works and one of them is comedy. At the end of his professional life he had written four famous comedies which were later called his 'romances'. Shakespeare's comedies were not primarily love stories but they all included a love plot. His romances all had the happy ending of a comedy, but in a way they hinted on violence (Prentice Hall Literature). His focus and emphasis was clearly towards the struc...
  • Several Elements Of The Modern Comedy
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    The classic tragedy, as defined by Aristotle, has six major parts. These parts include a plot, characters, theme, melody, spectacle, and language. All stories, according to Aristotle must have a beginning, middle, and end, and must follow a logical sequence according to these six elements. The plot is the series of events, or sequence in which the action of the play occurs. Plot must follow a cause and effect relationship, which follows a logical pattern. Characters are the people in the play, w...
  • Comedy Twelfth Night
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    Twelfth Night is a comedy of light and shade. Its characters are not unreservedly happy and the events are not unreservedly humorous. Discuss. As a comedy, Twelfth Night is obviously intending to not only entertain its audience but also point out problems in society. It is imperative to entire merit of the play not to be realistic but to allow for empathy. Therefor to have a comedy of complete lightheartedness there would be no balance and hence no avenue for audience interaction. Without light ...
  • Comedy And Problem Plays
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    Shakespearean Comedy Shakespeare wrote many plays during his lifetime. Some of his plays have similar comedic characteristics and then other plays are the exact opposite of comedy. Shakespeare wrote tragedies, romance, history, comedy and problem plays all with great success. During the performance of these plays there was no scenery so great time was taken when developing the characters and the plot so the plays would be entertaining. A Midsummer Night's Dream and Much Ado About Nothing are jus...
  • Greek Comedy
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    Theater and drama in Ancient Greece took form in about 5th century BCE, with the Sophocles, the great writer of tragedy. In his plays and those of the same genre, heroes and the ideals of life were depicted and glorified. It was believed that man should live for honor and fame, his action was courageous and glorious and his life would climax in a great and noble death. Originally, the hero's recognition was created by selfish behaviors and little thought of service to others. As the Greeks grew ...
  • Plot And Character Development Measure For Measure
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    Measure for Measure, the last of Shakespeare's great comedies, is also the darkest of his comedies, and represents his transition to tragic plays. This play differs from Shakespeare's other comedies, and is in many ways more akin to tragedy than to comedy. In setting, plot, and character development Measure for Measure has a tragic tone, however, because none of the main characters actually loses his life, the play is a comedy. Almost all of Shakespeare's comedies have dual localities: the real ...
  • Ending Of The Play
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    Comedy of Errors is one of Shakespeare's first plays. The minor characters, in the play, Egeon and the Duke, set up the framework of the play. Egeon, at the request of the Duke, describes his adventures and relates his life story. This provides the history of The Comedy of Errors, and helps keep track of the confusion, which unfolds during the play. There are several themes that Shakespeare uses which are only loosely related to the actual comedy. The conflicts between burden and freedom, rule a...
  • Taming Of The Shrew In A Play
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    The Taming Of The Shrew by William Shakespeare is probably one of Shakespeare's earliest comedies. Its plot is derived from the popular 'war of the sexes' theme in which males and females are pitted against one another for dominance in marriage. The play begins with an induction in which a drunkard, Christopher Sly, is fooled into believing he is a king and has a play performed for him. The play he watches is what constitutes the main body of The Taming Of The Shrew. In it, a wealthy land owner,...
  • Shakespeare Intertwine Comedy
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    Shakespeare, is quite possibly one of English literatures most esteemed and influential writers / playwrights, in history. His talent for composing classic scripture shines through his comedies, A Midsummer Nights Dream, in particular. In this play, Shakespeare incorporates many distinct types of comedy to accent his knack for creating heart-felt plays that have deeply touched millions. There are several different types of comedies in the book and each is well represented through complex charact...
  • Brothers And The Other Servant
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    When a play that was written by William Shakespeare is presented to an audience, the audience automatically assumes that the play will have tragic or dramatic connotation. But is there a such thing as a Shakespearean comedy? This question is answered when Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors is read. In this play, Shakespeare creates comedy using awkward situations and playing on different words. The first situation in the play that is 'slightly' abnormal is the general scenario. There are identic...
  • Comedy Of The End Of The Play
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    William Shakespeare was a jack of all trades. He could do it all - histories, tragedies, comedies, romances. While some people may say that Shakespeare's tragedies are the most popular, his comedies are as popular as the tragedies, if not more. However, comedies of Shakespeare's time are not what people of the twentieth century perceive to be "comedy". Some of the elements of Shakespearean comedy are similar to today's comedy, such as physical comedy. People of Shakespeare's time found the fall ...
  • Dramatic Play About A Family Of Twins
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    Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors The Comedy of Errors was Shakespeare's first comedy. It is a light yet dramatic play about a family of twins, their parents, and their twin servants, who have been separated for over twenty years due to a tragic accident at sea. The story, following the usual format of Shakespeare's work occurs and is concluded all in one day. The twins run into each other the whole day through and are mistaken for each other more than once. This confusion makes the tragedy all...
  • Hero And Claudio And Beatrice And Benedick
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    Comedy may be used for serious social comment. Discuss this statement with reference to Much Ado About Nothing. Much Ado About Nothing is a humorous Shakespearean play, following the conventions of Shakespearean comedy. Characteristics of the play such as mistaken identity, complicated plots, romance and various twists and turns along the way make it an appealing comedy both now and throughout time. The language of comedy is used as a medium to communicate serious messages, because of its audien...
  • Moliere's Plays
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    Jean Baptiste Paquelin de Moliere was born in 1622 in Paris. Later in life, Moliere graduated with a law degree but then the twenty-one year old Jean Baptiste got caught up in the theatre. His acting company toured for fifteen years through the provinces where Moliere was exposed, and greatly influenced by, the Italian Commedia. In the course of his fifty-one years, Moliere wrote some thirty-two plays been assimilated into every form of comic drama that we know, be it the simple character sketch...
  • Molire's Comedies
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    Molire Molire, pseudonym of JEAN BAPTISTE PAQUELIN (1622-73), French dramatist, and one of the greatest of all writers of comedies. His universal comic types still delight audiences; his plays are often produced and have been much translated. Molire was born in Paris on January 15, 1622, the son of a wealthy tapestry maker. From an early age he was completely devoted to the theater. In 1643 he joined a theatrical company established by the Bj arts, a family of professional actors; he married one...
  • Four Marx Brothers
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    The Marx Brothers were three American brothers who became famous for their zany antics in motion pictures. Trained as musicians, they began their careers in vaudeville with their mother and aunt as the Six Musical Mascots. Leonard Marx (Chico) Born: 3/22/1887- 10/11/1961- Specialized in distorted logic and Italian dialect routines. He also played the piano, in a brothel. Adolph Marx (Harpo) Born: 11/23/1888 - 9/28/1964- played the harp and chased around girls. He communicated in pantomime. Playe...
  • Aristophanes Comedies
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    Aristophanes Aristophanes is considered by most scholars to be the foremost Greek playwright and poet of the old "Attic" style of comedy. He was born in 447 BC, in the deme of Cyd athenaeum. He was known to be the son of Philippos, and he enjoyed the benefits of an aristocratic life and education. Little is known about the personal life of Aristophanes, but it was known that he served as a councilor early in the fourth century. He sired three sons, Philippos, Arabs, and Niko stratos, all of whom...
  • Rosencrantz And Guildenstern
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    Shakespeares Comic Relief As Shakespeares Hamlet is recounted from another point of view, in Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, a new sense of witty comedy is sprung forth from the classic play. In all actuality, the play is classified as a tragic comedy, because although the dialogue and flow of the play is one of a laid back comedy, the play does end in death. Its as though the two, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, put off a sort of dumb vibe, I mean they cant even get their na...
  • Ionesco's Plays
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    "Oh, a rhinoceros!" shouts Jean, the smug and somewhat shallow friend to the main character, Berenger, in the 20th century French play, Rhinoceros. Jean's response to the noisy intrusion of the two rhinoceroses running past the cafe is followed by a number of similar senseless responses from Jean's co-workers and acquaintances. Eugene Ionesco, the Romanian-born French dramatist, uses the absurd notion of rhinoceroses taking over a small provincial town in France to explore life's constant strugg...
  • Anti Climax In Laughter As Julia
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    The term 'sentimental' refers to the type of comedy which arose in the mid 18th century which contrasts traditional comedy where laughing is paramount. Instead there are serious aspects which arise in a sentimental comedy where the characters either have a strict sense of morality or an acute sensibility. The aim of any sentimental comedy is to show its characters in distress, from this aim, the term referring to such plays was 'weeping comedy. ' This term applies greatly to the character of Jul...

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