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Shakespeare’s comedies. Kaisa Kirotar 11B. Overview of Shakespeare’s works. Tragedies Histories Comedies Tragicomedies. Characteristics In Shakespeare’s comedies, everything is taken lightly, wordplay and metaphors are used to provoke “thoughtful laughter”.

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shakespeare s comedies

Shakespeare’s comedies

Kaisa Kirotar 11B

overview of shakespeare s works
Overview of Shakespeare’s works
  • Tragedies
  • Histories
  • Comedies
  • Tragicomedies
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CharacteristicsIn Shakespeare’s comedies, everything is taken lightly, wordplay and metaphors are used to provoke “thoughtful laughter”.
  • A struggle of young lovers to overcome difficulty that is often presented by elders
  • Mistaken identities
  • Multiple, intertwining plots
  • Frequent use of puns
  • Happy endings
the comedy of errors
The Comedy of Errors
  • Shakespeare’s earliest comedy, written around 1592
  • Separated twins
  • Mistaken identity
  • Has many adaptions: operas, films and at least 3 musicals
  • Broadway musical “Oh, Brother!” in 1981
  • Hip-hop musical “Bomb-itty of Errors”
the two gentlemen of verona
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • Has the smallest cast of all of Shakespeare’s plays
  • Women dressing as men
  • Love versus friendship
  • Foolishness of lovers
  • Blank verse and prose
  • The only cinematic adaption is a Chinese silent film Yī jiǎn méi(“A Spray of Plum Blossoms”)
other comedies
Other comedies
  • As You Like It
  • Love\'s Labour\'s Lost
  • Measure for Measure
  • The Merchant of Venice
  • The Merry Wives of Windsor
  • A Midsummer Night\'s Dream
  • Much Ado About Nothing
  • Taming of the Shrew
  • The Tempest
  • Twelfth Night
  • The Winter\'s Tale
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