The central character of a comedy is usually an ordinary character that faces conflicts that arise from misunderstandings or mistaken identities but overcomes them, and the play ends with a happy resolution.” (TutorVision) and tragedy is “a drama that ends in the downfall of its main character… The hero’s downfall is meant to inspire audiences to examine their own lives, to define their beliefs, and to cleanse their emotions of pity and terror through compassion for the character.” (TutorVista). The difference in the two genres is very evident, mainly because in a comedy the protagonists end with a happy ending, but in a tragedy the opposite. The first characteristic we can see that helps us identify The Merchant of Venice is that at the end, all the protagonists overcome
“Shakespeare 's plays are all about one great general theme: disorder” (Johnston). No one is better at writing both comedy and tragedy than William Shakespeare, as evidenced by two of his most known works: Much Ado About Nothing, and Lear. Much Ado About Nothing is a comedy in the most traditional sense. “In the literary sense, dramatic comedy is a drama where the characters experience a change for the better and work things out with hope for the future” (Carroll). Comedies are designed to make the audience laugh.
In the play “The Importance Being Earnest” Oscar Wilde wants to show that the caricature on high society. The play was in the 1800’s. A caricature is a charter or a physical fentress that exaggerates by making it bigger or smaller to make a person notice and laugh to show their weakness. Oscar Wilde makes us think if it’s really important to be earnest ? The story is about two boys that want to be named Earnest, so because of that they have a double life and they will need to handle the problems.
“Twelfth Night” is a comedy written by William Shakespeare, in which the central theme is love. The readers are presented with the classic form of comedy that includes the following elements: separation at the beginning, humorous and absurd situations between the characters, and marriage(s) at the end. Nevertheless, the author also incorporated ingredients distinctive of the tragedy. For instance, there are several sad scenes and some of them are even bordering on cruelty. Furthermore, some of the characters (even some of the good ones like Antonio) did not get their happy ending.
One of the most popular ways to create comedy is by irony. Irony occurs when words, actions, or plot development contradict with what is intended or expected to happen and can be split into two main types: dramatic irony and situational irony. Dramatic irony takes place when the spectator knows more about a character’s situation than a character themself. Such situation occurred when Puck, the play’s main source of amusement for the audience and trouble for the characters. Oberon’s jester mixes up the people who he is assigned to put the love juice on.
William Shakespeare used love and humor to connect to his readers while writing his classic tragedies and comedies. Two of his classic plays Romeo and Juliet, and Much Ado About Nothing, are very alike, yet very different. The characters Mercutio, from Romeo and Juliet, and Benedick, from Much Ado About Nothing, have many similarities and many differences. Shakespeare is known as one of the best tragedy writers along with one of the best comedy writers ever. One of his best known tragedies is Romeo and Juliet; likewise, one of his best known comedies is Much Ado About Nothing.
The play therapeutically elucidates the mischief that may theoretically derive from a life of solemnity and thoughtlessness. The play appears to be a simplistic comedy, and indeed it may be, featuring the typical characters and conventions expected. Moreover, Twelfth Night follows the traditional structure and form of a comedy with its pleasant resolution. In contrast, Malvolio assures the audience that the complexity of the play is much greater then what first meets the eye. It promises spectators that the theme of hierarchy is purposefully intertwined in the plot to elevate knowledge of the disturbing reminder of
A tragicomic play blends elements of both tragedy and comedy together. In Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, this can be seen in how the first half of the play portrays a very serious narrative, but then the second half of the play displays acts of reconciliation and a happy ending. The main theme that helps to drive and juxtapose these elements is Time. Its importance can be seen in the Oracle of Delphi’s prophecy concerning Leontes and his banished daughter Perdita, the atonement that Leontes imposes on himself, Perdita and Florizel’s union, as well as the eventual restoration of Camillo and Perdita to their homeland as well as Leontes’ eventual reconciliation with Hermione. It is the aim of this essay to discuss how the term ‘tragicomedy’ applies to this play as well as to illustrate the significance of Time in the play’s narrative.
The play tells how the powerful army, Othello whose life and marriage are destroyed by a misleading and jealous, Iago. It is a play that feels very close to the audiences, it also focuses on feelings and addresses the theme of Love, death as well as jealousy, hate and finally treachery... The title of the play suggests that the tragedy belongs primarily to Othello; however, Iago plays an important role in the plot. For this reason, we have different opinions and critics concerning Iago’s role in this tragedy. For one thing, Bradley (1904) believes that the play is “the undoing of the noble Moor by the devilish cunning of Iago,” on the other hand; Leavis (1963) attacks the Bradley view and notes that the protagonist and the main character of this play is Othello himself.
‘The Winter’s Tale”, grouped amongst the comedies and Shakespeare’s late romances, is the story of loss and redemption. The first three acts are filled with intense psychological drama as Leontes, the wildly jealous King of Sicilia, suspects his pregnant wife, Queen Hermione, of infidelity with his best friend Polixenes, the King of Bohemia. Some critics consider ‘The Winter’s Tale’ to be one of Shakespeare’s “problem plays” because of its mixed genre and the fact that the first three acts are filled with so much tension and drama while the last two acts are comedic and joyous. This play is famous for this “two-part structure” which makes it seem like two entirely different plays have been joined together. “The first half is set amid gloomy