The pragmatic and realistic views of central characters like Benedick suit the prose style that Shakespeare uses in Much Ado About Nothing, much of the humor that is generated by Benedick and Beatrice’s ‘merry war’ is delivered in prose. Although it’s best suited for those characters that speak in verse too as it is a social expectation, if that character isn’t applying this language it is seen as they are playing deviating from the social order of the play. “Fare well, boy, you know my mind, I will leave you now to your gossip-like humor”, Benedick doesn’t use verse in Act 5, Scene1 because he is challenging Claudio, verse wouldn’t be used as it is used in tragic dialogue. Consequently
Finally, he also uses it to foreshadow approaching events, creating anticipation and tension in audiences. William Shakespeare’s primary use of pun is to add humour to scenes with bawdy jokes, thus providing audiences and readers comic relief and dissolving some of the tension of the previous and following scenes [T]. In the following quote, Shakespeare manages to both create the sexual imagery concerning virgins in readers’ minds and suggest that the best kind of wit is wit that is able to mould itself and accommodate many levels of meaning. Applying this to a larger subject, Shakespeare is suggesting that the best way to live life is to live on every level, base or intellectual. Our perception of life is essentially our personality, and our perspective is limited or broadened by our experiences, so in order to understand ourselves and others fully, we have to do all that we can and experience all type of emotion [M].
To what extent is ‘The History Boys’ a comedy of Tragicomedy? Comedy is a subjective genre, one which can be light and humorous or satirical in tone, and usually contains a happy resolution in an attempt to uplift the audience. Due to being subjective, comedy can be split into many different types; black comedy, tragicomedy, spoof comedy or arguably found in this play, satirical comedy. Comedy is created by Bennett throughout The History Boys through several techniques including the contrasting of characters, clever juxtapositions and intelligent metaphors. Although I am convinced about this play fitting to the genre of Satire, tragicomedy is my main focus of which The History Boys fits in as it contains a lot of it, maybe to appeal to a wider audience.
According to the quote, this glory is obtained through the way that a person benefits his or her allies and the way they inflict hurt upon their enemies as well. In both Medea by Euripides and True Grit by Charles Portis, this quote holds its worth. Starting off is the play in which the quote comes from, Medea by Euripides. In Medea, the measure of glory is shown through the plot of the play in its entirety. Plot is the sequence of events in a literary work, exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and then resolution.
Satire and Fantasy in Wilde's 'The Importance of Being Earnest' ROBERT J . J O R D A N H E efforts of critics to rescue The Importance of Being Earnest from the triviality that Wilde claimed for it have led in recent years to two approaches. On the one hand Wilde's epigrammatic wit is analysed as an instrument of social criticism and the play is elevated to seriousness as a satire. On the other hand its fantasy is viewed as an expression of the author's aesthetic creed and so is accorded the dignity of a philosophy. The aim of this article is to consider aspects of both the satire and the fantasy, although the greater weight will be given to the latter as the more important of the two elements.
Compare Lane, Merriman and Miss Prism as employees and as comic characters. What do they bring to the play that would otherwise be missing? Lane, Merriam and Miss Prism are the minor characters of Importance of Being Earnest. Although at first they don't appear to bring a lot to the play, in the end they have a big impact on how it is viewed as a comedy. They bring in a lot of content which fits into to comedy criteria as well as enable the plot to develop fully.
I find Moliere’s play, Tartuffe, to be entertaining for the underlying message of historical hypocrisy which it sheds to light. After reading the comedy of Tartuffe, I can only agree that it is an intellectual whirlwind of classical genius which tantalizes even the modern mind by echoing to us the importance of scrutinizing the narratives and analyzing the flaws and follies alike which are evident even within our own era. Tartuffe stands out to me because of the power that resonated from the creation of this societal satire and the fact that unlike other works of the era which were forced to fall in line with a strict code of adherence generated by the aristocracy of the classical era, this piece served as a direct challenge to the narrative
All critics agree in considering Twelfth Night as one of the most delightful of Shakespeare’s comedies. It is full of sweetness and pleasantry. It makes us laugh at the follies of mankind, not despire them, still less bear any ill-will towards them. From start to end the play is full of gay joviality. The sentimental elements and the unsentimental malice a livelier, more dramatic impression from their contrast: and the contrast itself makes the dolling life of the play more interesting to an audience.
Mercutio, the hot-headed best friend of Romeo, adds wit and humor to the play Romeo and Juliet and was included in the play to make the audience laugh and also to keep them on the edge of their seats with suspense. Mercutio, in his humorous nature, loved to tease Romeo about his lovesickness; he calls Romeo a
This may be why he has adapted some of Shakespeare's techniques and included scenes of passion, romance, comedy and violence into his film. Baz Lurhman also explains how in the making of the film, they used clashing low comedy with high tragedy, to help the audience embrace the steep emotions of the affliction. Therefore, it engages the audience one more, and encourages them to feel included in the couples situation. Lurhman incorporated lively, modern imagery accompanied by hip actors and a hard rock soundtrack to appeal more to his hungry audience and remind them that Shakespeare's plays should not be taken as a chore to be studied at school. He shows us that by borrowing aspects from such diverse periods as the 1940's, 1970's and 1990's, he can create an adaptation of the film and reset it in a more modern setting.