‘Men were deceivers ever.’ To what extent can it be argued that Shakespeare’s presentation of men’s attitudes to women in ‘Much Ado about Nothing’ allows for comedy? In Much Ado about Nothing, it can be equally argued that men’s attitudes towards women are actually used for comedy purposes, and it can be argued that their attitudes aren’t. For this argument, the relationship between Beatrice and Benedick at the start of the play can be seen as comical to the audience, as they both claim to dislike each other and take pleasure in making rude remarks to one another. On the other hand, the relationship between Hero and Claudio could be seen as quite dark to the audience, as there are accusations and trust issues between the two. The quote ‘men were deceivers ever’ comes from Act 2 Scene 3 of the play, from the song that Balthasar sings.
This, to the audience, will seem ridiculous and unnecessary creating a subtle sense of humour. Nearing the end of Act 2 we learn about Viola’s plans for her disguise in order to appear less vulnerable. She then goes on to say ‘thou shalt present me as an Eunuch to him’ which will yet again appear an overdramatic act to the audience. In act 3, Sir Toby Belch is introduced into the play. Shakespeare’s wit and word play used even for simply just the names of the characters can build up laughter.
It can be suggested that Shakespeare presents this character in a negative light throughout the play in order to have the audience view his choices and actions negatively too. However, in Great Expectations, it may be argued that Dickens aims to make his audience more sympathetic to Pip and his situation, and therefore allows us to see Pip’s choices in a more positive light. 2. Main – prove my argument * Macbeth – presented negatively – uncontrollable, easily led, power driven, fear vs. bravery, treason What choice did he make? What influences did he have?
He wrote both tragedies and comedies as well some poetry. I will be analysing both of the characters Puck and Bottom and then coming to a conclusion about which one played a more important role. A midsummer’s night’s dream is a comedy. The comedy in the novel is based upon Puck and bottom once again or if it’s not fully them but it is somehow linked to them. The confusion of the Athenian lovers is a great example of this.
Because people are making fun of his nose he is able to provide witty humor that makes the book become a comedy. Valvert says “Ah…your nose…hem!...Your nose is…rather large!” “Rather” “Oh well” “Is that all” “Well of course.”(35-36 Act 1) But Cyrano does not leave it like this he replies by insulting Valvert and ultimately making him angry by telling him all the better insults that he could have had. He threw it right back in his face by making it a joke. Throughout the story comedy like this occurs and that is why I believe it is a
His comment comes across as sarcastic as he is mindful, and perhaps jealous, of the fact that his lover’s father wishes her to marry another man - Demetrius. This therefore makes the play a dramatic comedy as although the sarcasm may be amusing; the multiple love obstacles the characters must overcome make it dramatic. Next, Lysander’s insults accentuate the genre of the play, ‘upon this spotted and inconstant
When Romeo first appears, Shakespeare uses a variety of oxymorons to portray him as a confused Petrarchan lover. Amidst an infatuated speech describing his confusion as to the unrequited ‘love’ he feels for Rosaline, Romeo lists a number of nouns with contrasting adjectives, including ‘bright smoke’ and ‘cold fire’. Shakespeare’s use of oxymorons parallels what appears to be a completely unstable state of mind, to show the audience the level of pain which a romantic non-reciprocal lover feels. Despite this, it is clear that Shakespeare included this technique to divide audience members in their interpretation of Romeo’s speech. Many audience members could interpret this in a slightly mocking way, scorning at Romeo’s exaggerative behaviour and perceiving it to be somewhat sardonic humour.
This enforces the idea that unlike Lennie, she is a complex character in the novel. Steinbeck mentioned that Curley’s wife’s voice had a “nasal, brittle quality” which is a clear sign of her flirtatious behaviour. Although her intentions were flirty, the fact that it was described as ‘nasal’ by the author made it obvious that it was unpleasant to the ears. The reaction from George made it clear to the reader that she was an attractive woman, however he was being apprehensive as he “looked away from her and then back”. This contrasts with Lennies reaction as his “eyes moved down over her body” blatantly checking her out.
What plays might it be compared to? What is the effect of mingling comedyand tragedy in the same play?9. Bertold Brecht was one of the great innovators of the twentieth-century stage because of his "epic theater"; manycritics have seen a similarity between Brecht and Wilder's works, and this despite the fact that their politicalviews are very different from each other. Read Brecht's Mother Courage (also a war play) and discuss howBrecht and Wilder use non-realistic staging. What are the similarities?
It’s obvious to see with this that roles were not as male authoritarian as one might think. This gives us a different view of gender roles than we would normally perceive of the time. Joe’s life and Pips life at the beginning of this novel are seen as almost very equal, as they both suffer at the hands of the evil like older sister and wife. Readers studying this novel would almost assume that times like this would have a complete opposite way of life and that Joe would have had the upper hand. He completely contradicts any thoughts readers would normally have on this subject.