And this is what makes Shakespearean tragedy so unique. SHAKEAPEARE’S COMEDIES Although many of Shakespeare’s plays could be very tragic and depressing his comedies are light hearted and funny. His comedies have stood the test of time and till today continue to enthral and entertain audiences worldwide despite our idea of humour being different from the idea of humour in Shakespeare’s time. He wrote about 16 comedies and his major comedies were written in the 1590s, that time in English history when the professional public theatres were just flourishing. The main theme of Shakespeare’s comedies was love.
While it is good in explaining the surface of what Hamlet is about, a lot of meaning and ideas shown through ambiguity are lost in its paraphrasing. In Hamlet’s soliloquy, for example, No Fear Shakespeare takes away from the uncertainty of life by getting rid of ambiguity and portraying different views of how to others react to the hardships of life and the afterlife due to the different intended audiences. Hamlet sees life as everything that he can possibly do in trying to fight against his struggles while No Fear sees it as
Renowned for complicated plot twists, Shakespeare is able to hook audiences through his use of dramatic irony. By definition, dramatic irony is When the audience knows more than the characters. For example, when we know where Emilia got the handkerchief, but Othello doesn’t. The frequent use of dramatic irony in “Othello” is evident through the use of misplaced trust, symbolism, as well as jealousy and love. Shakespeare’s use of the dramatic irony convention helps to create a complicated but interesting plot for both audiences and readers, oftentimes causing audiences to feel anger, disbelieve, or sympathy towards the characters.
Comedy of manners is a high class comedy because it involves the use of sophisticated wit and is intellectual and totally opposite to slapstick, which requires little skill. There is little action but heavy dialogues. It employs and equal amount of farce and satire which results in great comedy. The comedy of manners has been employed by Roman satirists as early as the first century BC. William Shakespeare attempted the first comedy of manners in England with “Much Ado About Nothing” but the genre mainly flourished in restoration
The play turned into a comedy when we opened up to the possibility that death might not be what we expect it to be. Death could be friendly and nice. Thus, because of the incongruity that death is actually a buffon instead of a serious person, death is turned into a figure of
A tragic hero is a multifaceted, admirable character with a tragic flaw that turns his life from glory into suffering. Hamlet is an example. ‘Born’ personality, shifting mentality, and inevitable fate leads to its tragedy which eventually triggers audience’s pity. Unlike other tragedies where tragic heros discover the truths by their own actions at the end of the story, realizing that the reversal was brought by their own actions. Hamlet begins differently by knowing the truth from things happening to him.
(Craig) However, actually O. Henry was rather a romanticist. (Miller) O. Henry had his own style of writing O. Henry was not only a unparalleled writer, but some people even call his stories as a new genre of literature. (Miller) Most of his stories were written for entertainment, and theu contain playfulness, sharpness and some stoicism. He used a lot of allusions in the story. (Merriman) He is most famous with “O.
One of the finest examples of Shakespeare’s use of theater versus life is in Hamlet. In Hamlet, Shakespeare does not just simply use the theme, he molds the play around it. This can be easily seen in the titular character, where he uses his “antic disposition” as a tool to get revenge. In Hamlet’s own words “As I perchance hereafter shall think meet, to put an antic disposition on” (I, v, 172-73). However, the lines begin to blur as to whether Hamlet completely retains his sanity in his
By doing this he made the play more ironic. Williams Shakespeare’s Macbeth uses a combination of Macbeth’s own conflict along with characters to help drive this conflict and thus bring upon the death of Macbeth non-dramatically; in this way, a gruesome play about murder and treason is made somewhat “comical.” William Shakespeare wrote Macbeth with highly dramatic setting and plot; however, many times in the play Shakespeare eludes the reader towards a funnier story. The most prominent example is with the porter in Act 2, And drink sir is a great provoker of three things Marry, sis, nose painting, sleep and urine. (II.iii.10-13) Here is a clear example of comedy and it is almost undetectable. When I first read it, because I didn’t understand the language, I had no idea it was supposed to be funny.
The Tragedy play and the Comedy play were the famous play during that era while the least known play was the Satyr era. The Comedy at the first place was not always funny as the term ‘comedy’ regards itself but the play was a genre that showed a happy ending. It was somehow imitations of everyman life or humorous stories about ordinary people. The structure of comedy contained of the ‘prologue’ which was leading the character creates a “happy idea”. Next, the ‘parabasis’ which was the chorus was voicing out to the audience on poet’s point of view on the play.