“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.
The purpose of the play, according to Gradesaver, “Wilde’s references to the crucial issues of his time are usually overshadowed by his characters own petty problems” (2017, under “The Importance of Being Earnest Study Guide”). Wilde’s exploration of these characters and their problems makes the play quite humorous, perhaps he wanted to comment on the morbidity of society at the time. There are a range of themes present in the play such as, sincerity vs hypocrisy, leading a double life, life as art or fiction and the nature of marriage. These themes particularly look at the establishment of the Ernest persona’s and the irony of the
The Emalia-Desdemona relationship is an interesting and complicated one. At first glance, it might seem that Emalia serves as the jaded foil to Desdemona’s innocent naivety about love. However, a closer, sympathetic look at Emalia shows she has plenty of reasons to be as hardened as she has become. The role of Iago’s wife can’t be an easy one, and he is usually too concerned with revenge to pay much attention to her. He’s arguably one of the cruelest Shakespearean villains, and Emalia is just trying to survive unscathed.
William Shakespeare’s works, written primarily from the late eighteen hundreds to the very early sixteen hundreds, have long been the subject of academic debates and analysis. Potent with double entendres, metaphors, and social commentary, it is easy to apply queer theory to Shakespeare’s plays, notably Twelfth Night, written in 1601. Though Twelfth Night’s ending pushes its characters into traditional heterosexual romances and binary gender roles to satisfy the genre and placate conservative Elizabethan audiences, the characters in the comedy defy tradition by exploring homosexual love and expression of gender. The most apparent homosexual themes are present in the relationship between Antonio and Sebastian. Antonio, who saved Sebastian from
His complexity means that he is a round character given that he is not a stereotype. The play portrays him as a romantic person through his thoughts and affection for Hero throughout the story. However, one might argue that his romantic ideals are imaginary since, which refers to his “love” to Hero. Claudio is also very naïve due to the fact, that he is fooled multiple times during the play. The main example of this is when he thinks Hero cheats on him and afterwards he shows that he is rather vindictive and impulsive given that his anger leads to the humiliation of Hero.
However, the comedy is also always not fully something one might laugh at it is more often in a line of "grim humor." For example, the use of comedy is present William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, and in Christopher Marlowe’s The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus too, for similar and different ways of usage. Famous poet, and play writer William Shakespeare is not shy to include comedic moments into his overpowering tragic plays. Shakespeare is a very serious writer who often has intense, fast pace plots. Therefore, he will often include a brief comedic moment to lighten the mood.
However, Helena has been always in love with him. She is the only one that cares more about the essence of love. In fact, when the two Athenians boys love the same woman she says: “Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind”(I.i.234). With that sentence, she is referring to the beauty of Hermia that impedes Demetrius from noticing the virtues of Helena; and finally, the last couple is Theseus and Hyppolyta. They appear at the beginning and at the end of the play, being imperceptible for the rest of the comedy.
This part of the song speaks of a similar message of being young and naive. The persona in the song mentions the idea of not know anything and growing up, hinting at inexperience and youth; both of which are characteristics that match Ophelia’s character perfectly. Additionally, Ophelia begins to second guess her idea of love after Polonius tells her not to trust Hamlet. Soon after, Hamlet appears to her like a madman. Despite this, she still wishes for him to be cured of his antic disposition in the line, “Heavenly powers, restore him!” (3.1.153).
Shakespeare excelled in the art of presenting complex themes in the most subtle ways. Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing presents the theme of deception. The plot of the play is woven around the traps of deceit, from the ends of both the antagonists as well as the protagonists. Thus, it shows deception in two forms- in its malevolence, driven by evil notions and motives; and also its benevolence, when employed for the better good. Either ways, all the characters are involved in deceit, sometimes employing it and at the other instances, falling victim to it.
Some example of this is Shylock’s desire for the alternate mode of payment on the debt, the pound of flesh from Antonio. Because of this various elements, attempting to categorize The Merchant of Venice into just one genre can get a little confusing. First, what is comedy and what is tragedy. According to TurtorVision.com, “comedy is a type of drama that is intended to amuse, usually with a happy ending. 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).