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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

Kaisa Kirotar 11B


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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


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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”


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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”)


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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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