Though-out the stories, Shakespeare uses a play within a play to highlight the story plot and the general theme of the play. A famous play for a play within a play was A Midsummer Night Dream. A Mid Summers Night 's Dream has a group of clowns performing a play during the weddings of the Athenian lovers. One reason Shakespeare planted the actors in the play was to lighten the mood. During the play, the actors proclaimed a disclaimer that everything was fake and was fun.
Romeo vs. Tony Character and Theme Comparison William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and Arthur Laurent’s West Side Story were both tragic, romantic, works. West Side Story was a close variation of the play Romeo and Juliet, but the author of West Side Story changed characteristics of Tony to differ from his Romeo and Juliet equivalent, Romeo. Tony became more of an introverted, optimistic, and innocent character. On the other hand, Romeo was outgoing, seemingly bipolar, and violent. These changes in character between Tony and Romeo altered the themes from societal expectations, fate over free will, and complicated families to societal expectations in the 1950’s, inevitability of fate, and gang rivalry due to racism.
The last example of dramatic irony includes Titania, the fairy queen, and Bottom, an Athenian. Oberon, the fairy king, puts the flower juice into Titania’s eyes to make her fall in love with someone hideous. The flower juice makes you fall in love with the first person you see, and the first thing Titania saw was Bottom. Now, Bottom was not his normal self, his head was a donkey head. Titania instantly falls in love with Bottom and treats him as royalty.
William Shakespeare has written a number of romantic comedies. Twelfth Night is one of the finest comedies of the author. We know that a romantic comedy is a play in which the romantic elements are mingled with comic elements. It is a form of comedy which deals with love. Love at first sight is often its main theme.
In the play Twelfth Night, through the depiction of Orsino’s and Viola’s desires for romantic love, Shakespeare portrays how adjustable and self-delusional human romantic attraction can be, especially when blinded by wants and needs. Viola, who puts on the appearance of a man, makes everybody think she is a male. Her disguise becomes a sexual confusion throughout the play for several characters, creating an odd love triangle where Viola loves Duke Orsino, who loves Oliva, which then on the other hand loves Viola, in disguise as Cesario. On the other hand, Malvolio dreams of marrying his beloved Olivia, and gaining authority over his superiors, like Sir Toby. Shakespeare uses disguise in the play to show several confusions and internal conflicts between the characters, proving how malleable and deluded some human attractions can be.
Clown characters were based upon the real-life career of court jesters, who were employed by nobles and royalty to entertain them by use of physical and verbal comedy (“Shakespeare’s Clowns and Fools”). Because of their roles as entertainers, jesters were often given more freedom to be blunt than other courtiers and say whatever foolish or even offensive things they desired, because masters and audiences could be amused by the stupidity of their words (Rasmussen and DeJong). Nick Bottom, from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is one of the best examples of Shakespeare’s use of these genuinely foolish clowns. Throughout the play, Bottom makes thoughtless and incorrect comments on characters and events to provide viewers with comic relief (“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”). To add physical comedy, “Bottom 's head is transformed into that of a donkey, making him the butt of the play 's biggest joke” (Shmoop Editorial Team, “Bottom”).
Puck, a fairy, turned Bottom’s head into an ass’s head because Oberon, the fairy king, wanted his wife, Titania, to fall in love with something ugly. In my opinion, this is the best example of dramatic irony because it is exciting. This is also my favorite example. Wilkins 2 Another example of dramatic irony is when both, Lysander and Demetrius, fell in love with Helena. At first, Helena has been in love with Demetrius, but he was in love with Hermia.
Thoughts of Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night There is nothing either good nor bad, but thinking makes it so (Shakespeare). Romeo and Juliet written by Shakespeare is far superior to one of his other plays, Twelfth Night. Due to the superiority of the themes, plot, and symbolism in Romeo and Juliet there is no doubt that Twelfth Night is inferior to Romeo and Juliet Romeo and Juliet is about two young lovers who created “love at first sight” with each other due to romantic issues at the time. Romeo and Juliet is not a romance, it is a tragedy as both Romeo and Juliet, and other characters, die towards the end. Twelfth Night is a comedy, being the biggest difference between the two.
“A Midsummer Night 's Dream” is a comedy written by William Shakespeare around 1595. It portrays the events surrounding the marriage of Theseus, the Duke of Athens, to Hippolyta, the former queen of the Amazons. These include the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of six amateur actors who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest in which most of the play is set. To my surprise, this a very interesting and amusing literary piece that I had not known about before. The comedy wanders around the difficulties and ironies of love as it provides a very accurate description of a relatively common situation that many people experience.
(An Ideal Husband , 1.38) The above statement from the play An Ideal Husband is an example of comedy of manners. It is funny because Lady Markby said that marrying is fashionable. The above statement is the combination of wit and satire. These types of humour are called Comedy of Manners. Introduction Comedy of Manners is regarded as high comedy because it consists of a sophisticated wit and talent in the writing of the script.