The wise Anatole France once said,” Irony is the gaiety of reflection and the joy of wisdom.” Meaning that, irony is a fun thing that the wise are able to use in their writing. Shakespeare is certainly one of the wise who were able to use irony in their writing. Which is most clearly seen in the play Romeo and Juliet. In this play, he used all three kinds of irony incredibly well. All for the sole purpose of making the book enjoyable/better.
The Elizabethan audience used to like puns and hence although Shakespeare has used many vulgar puns, it still has a positive effect on the popularity of the play. Although in the Act I Scene 1 there is a fight between the families the humour in the scene makes us forget the seriousness of the fight.
Moreover the figurative 'Queen Mab' speech, where the almost mystical and enchanting midwife ends up as an incubus, shows how Mercutio us... ... middle of paper ... ...nd comedy makes his character vital to the play and to keep the audience entertained. Mercutio has an essential part to play in the whole play despite the fact that Romeo and Juliet are the main characters. It is he who unites them both and his relationship with Romeo is vital to the play. Overall it is Mercutio's characteristics, language, themes that he adds and appeal to the audience which makes him such an interesting character to watch. When Mercutio feels a false sense of honour, it will ironically contribute to the death of his friend.
I will show with evidence that Mercutio is very important in this play. To Romeo, Mercutio is funny and a great friend for he is a childhood friend and a Montague and this is why they contrast with each other perfectly because they seem to have nothing in common but this is why they can help each other along through their life because, when Romeo is down in love Mercutio knows the cure and when Mercutio is in a fighting mood Romeo is sensible enough to see past the wrongs and pull Mercutio back when he is angry. Mercutio tells Romeo that sex is better than love and Romeo then cheers up whereas Romeo thinks opposite. Mercutio is vulgar and uses sexual puns which show that he speaks what he wants and so he speaks from the heart and this is why Romeo fits with him because Romeo shows affection from the heart. The major difference between them is that Mercutio is rude but eager and Romeo is polite, affectionate and patient so this shows that even though they are a good couple their personalities are almost completely different.
One of the topics Shakespeare is especially fond of is that of Love being a force for good in society, improving anyone who is infatuated with it. During Act 2 Scene 3 Don Pedro comments that if Beatrice loved him like she supposedly loves Benedick, 'I would have doffed all other respects and ... ... middle of paper ... ...io and Hero signifying closure and restoring order, which demonstrates that not only is their relationship superficial, but also their presentation within the play. Much Ado About Nothing explores the many nooks and crannies that lurk in the dark theoretical world of love. Shakespeare captures the essence of love, in his language, structure and content. The presentation of love in this play is wide both in scope and in application, including many relevant ideas.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream Have we not all fall in love once before? A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Williams Shakespeare is one of the most interesting plays I have ever read. Although, I have seen many people fall in love before, this play has such an unrealistic and beautiful way to describe love that I think everybody would want to find love. I enjoyed my time reading this play not only because it’s a comedy play, but also because it includes many life ordinary events that can happen to anybody such as two people falling for the same person. Furthermore, this play also introduce to us some unrealistic book tale such as the use of magic.
Comparing love and the love potion in A Mid Summer Night’s Dream helps readers understand and relate to the play. Likewise, the metaphor between loss and shipwreck is comparable in our lives as well. Shakespeare uses these literary skills to his advantage. This is most definitely a reason why his work is still popular
Comedy is by far the most influential factor in deciding whether or not a story is entertaining to its audience, due to its ability to create a more relaxed and pleasurable environment in the plot. From the playful awkwardness of Anne Shirley, to the witty banter of detectives Tommy and Tuppence, it is evident that comedic characters have always been appreciated and acknowledged in literature. Sir Toby Belch is but one of many amusing characters, and is by far one of the most humorous. While Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night is surrounded around an issue of romantic entanglement, Sir Toby’s very presence is enough to lighten the mood and accentuate the comedic theme of the story through his creation of problems and unique personality. Therefore, Sir Toby Belch is undeniably the most enjoyable character in the entire play.
The Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare The Twelfth Night is one of Shakespeare's most delightful comedies. It lets us laugh and appreciate the foolishness of everyday human beings and teaches us that the obvious fools are indeed not the fools but the wise ones. To never take anything for granted and to always keep hope that things will work out in the end. Shakespeare takes his exaggeration to the limit, aiming for ludicrous rather than ridiculous. His talent is well displayed when he turns people's much misfortune into this absurdly hilarious comedy.
The theatrical plot also progresses with the comedic relief inserted in the play. Shakespeare brilliantly develops his characters in a comedic way that continues the plot and eases his spectators. If writers chose not to offset tragedy with comedy, the story would simply be too depressing to entertain the vast audiences. Therefore, it is fair to surmise that without comedic relief, Hamlet may not have been the iconic story it has become.