Affirmative Comedies By Aristophanes And The Importance Of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy For Serious People By Oscar Wilde

Affirmative Comedies By Aristophanes And The Importance Of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy For Serious People By Oscar Wilde

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Affirmative Comedies
Comedy unites – It helps society relate to one another and adds to the interwoven-ness that invisibly threads us all together as a society. Comedies help underscore the sadness’ of life and enables playwrights to address problem in society and propose a solution. This problem solution construction is reoccurring in comedies. Comedies have endured the test of time as they continue to educate, influence, entertain and motivate humanity. Comedic works have been characterized as ending in all being right in the world. This notion is supported by the plays, Lysistrata by Aristophanes and The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People by Oscar Wilde through their unique plot style, usage of literary and plot devices.
Comedies are important to the daily lives of people so we, as a society are not terrorized by fear to act. Often times in life people are faced with situations too difficult to face alone. Comedies empower people to relate to one another and know they are not alone in facing major problems. Take into account the Peloponnesian War; war is often brutal and terrifying. This enables people to become fearful and helpless. What comedies do is put a serious issues into a comedic context to become relatable and add to the interwoven-ness of the human condition.
The plot of a play is a sequence of events that make up a play. These parts, in both of the plays are: rising action, climax, falling action and denouement. The denouement in plays is the part where all the strands of a play are drawn together. In Lysistrata and The Importance of Being Earnest the plot’s composition is a critical element that aids in understanding their relationship to the notion that comedies end in affirmation. L...


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...e the audience feel good. If the play was to end with a cliff hanger this would leave the audience feeling cheated, and sometimes depressed. Happily ever after’s are in both Lysistrata and The Importance of Being Earnest.
Comedy is truly the most unifying genre in all of literature. Comedy aids in the relationship of the human condition and offers a sort of cohesion to all men alike. Throughout time comedy has continued to motivate, entertain, include and education. Comedy has been defined as a play that “ends in affirmation” or “in all being set right with the world”. Through their usage of literary and plot devices, and unique plot style, these definitions of comedy are reinforced by Lysistrata by Aristophanes and The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde. Without comedy society would feel powerless to tackles major issues from war to discovering ones parents.

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