Packet Two of Semester Two

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Shakespeare is a cat who has ruled over English Literature ever since he composed his first play, Henry VI, Part II (Mabillard). He had stretched the limits of known literature twice over with every stanza, and created fantastical worlds which everyday folk payed much coin just to view a glimpse. From terrible tragedies like Romeo and Juliet, to delightful comedies such as A Midsummer Night‘s Dream, literature was reshaped by the hands of this skillful artist. He was smart in his plays, often tying two or more plays together without even showing it. For example, he would write a play that would follow a same plot diagram as a previous one, but would change it so drastically so one could not recognize it. King Lear and Much Ado About Nothing are examples of the drastic changes, opposite styles but connected in the strangest ways. For example, King Lear is a tragedy, as both King Lear, and his favorite daughter, Cordelia, both die towards the end of the play. Lear is betrayed by his two daughters, and imprisoned along with Cornelia, who is later killed. Lear is noted as saying “Oh, you men of stones. Had I your tongue and ears, I’d use them so that heaven’s vault should crack. She’s gone forever. I know when one is dead and one lives. She’s dead as earth...” (Act 5, Scene 3, Lines 271-275). As so willfully noted by Joyce Oates at the University of San Francisco , “It is moving, yes, but bitterly moving, and our emotions will be turned against us shorty..”. Much Ado About Nothing, on the other hand, is completely a comedy, filled with sarcasm and witty comebacks at every corner. “Shakespearean comedies hold prominence in obvious, recurring elements such as Mistaken Identity, Young lovers struggling to overcome obstacles ... ... middle of paper ... ...ference for Shakespeare. He does a jig on a very thin line, much similar to Chaucer during his era, but he stays in favor just enough to keep his plays going. One might not understand the joke at the given time, but after dwelling upon it, the joke will suddenly click, and one understands the second meaning of the words. Which words, however, were written as a double meaning, and which were not? Works Cited Dogberry (Much Ado About Nothing). N.p., 4 May 2012. Web. 19 Jan. 2014 Jamieson, Lee. ‘Plot Summary for 'Much Ado About Nothing'. About.com, 2013. Web. 19 Jan. 2014. Mabillard, Amanda. The Chronology of Shakespeare's Plays. Shakespeare Online, 20 Aug. 2000. Web. 19 Jan. 2014. Much Ado About Nothing. StudyMode, Oct. 2011. Web. 19 Jan. 2014 Oates, Joyce. Is This the Promised End?": The Tragedy of King Lear. U of San Fransico, 2013. Web. 19 Jan. 2014.
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