“in What Ways Does Shakespeare Use the Conventions of Comedy in Act 1?”

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“In what ways does Shakespeare use the conventions of comedy in Act 1?” During ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, Shakespeare uses vital conventions of comedy such as; light humorous tones, multiple plots with twists and turns and finally love overcoming obstacles. The use of these conventions allows Shakespeare to establish an entertaining and successful comedy. A common comic convention is the use of a light, humorous tone. Within ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ there is a clear variety of humorous tones, for instance, during Act 1, Bottom and Quince are discussing the play they wish to perform for Theseus and Hippolyta’s wedding. Shakepeare’s use of the name “Bottom” adds humour and irony to the play, whilst ensuring the audience doesn’t take him too seriously. Throughout this scene there are various jokes made, for example, Quince wants to make Flute act the woman of the play. In reply, Flute argues, “Nay, faith, let not me play a woman: I have a beard coming.” However, Quince states “That’s all one: you shall play it in a mask.” A joke such as this would follow the humorous convention of a Shakespearean play, as the idea of the lead heroin having a beard seems both uncanny and implausible. Thus, Shakespeare uses the convention of a light, humorous tone within Act 1 through his characters and their role within the play. Shakespeare does this in order to add humour and irony to his slapstick play. Additionally, another common convention within comedy is multiple plots with twists and turns. Shakespeare introduces the main plot for the first time during Act 1: a marriage between Theseus and Hippolyta. However, this is not the only plot that Shakespeare introduces in Act 1. Egeus, who is Hermia’s father, wishes for Hermia to marry Demetrius. The twist within this plot is that Hermia defiantly refuses to marry Demetrius because she actually loves Lysander. Theseus tries
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