King Lear And Much Ado About Nothing Analysis

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Shakespeare is the greatest writer in all of written English; he is known most for his death-ridden tragedies. Shakespeare has written also, a substantial number of comedies, which have humor, but not the kind that would be found in modern-day comedies. Shakespeare had a fascination with death and love, both of which are common themes in his plays. In Shakespeare’s comedy about mistaken identity and twisted love, Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare has his villain make this comment about love, “Speak low if you speak love.” (Don Pedro, Act 2 Scene 1) Even though this was pulled from a comedy this line is very tragic, because it comes from the play’s villain. Shakespeare often likes to play this game of “Guess the Genre.” Pulling elements from…show more content…
With the aforementioned traits of comedy and tragedy mentioned above the comparing and contrasting of King Lear and Much Ado About Nothing can begin with the understanding that they are not too different after all. Shakespeare’s comedies and tragedies are very similar, right up until the point where someone gets stabbed. Both of these texts are very confusing, and in both texts people are deceived and tricked by a person in disguise. In Much Ado it is with Beatrice and Benedick while in King Lear Edgar dresses up as Poor Tom to protect his maddening father. A noticeable in interesting difference is the setting of the play. Much Ado is set in Italy, where Shakespeare often sets many of his comedies; King Lear is set in archaic Britain, which is odd for Willy. He often liked to set his plays outside of England, so his setting King Lear in England, be it a very old version of England, would make his commentary all the more noticeable to the intellectual crowd. A major difference between Willy’s comedies and tragedies is what happens to the villain in the end. Often in his comedies the villains would disappear into unimportance, while in his tragedies his villains either die, kill themselves, or come to horrible, horrible
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