The two texts of comparison are both written by the one who was "...widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language (Wikipedia.org).” William Shakespeare is known to have certain qualities in some novels that reflect other texts that he has written. The play, The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare, and the text, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, also by William Shakespeare, there are many qualities that resemble each other in each act, but there are also differences, such as a prologue inclusion, both speak of love to not happen, new love emerging, and leaving an initial place than where the play began. To begin, the fact that Romeo and Juliet foreshadows what is later to come in the play is a topic in itself, but there is also the matter of where in Act I, there is “love” that will never happen. In The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, the love is of course to be the county Paris to Juliet. It is clearly shown in the quote, “...The valiant County Paris seeks you for his love (Act I:iii).” There is a similar problem with the text of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
This transformation follows an organic movement of the complex plot from the beginning, middle, to the end of the drama while keeping the tragic hero consistent and also real. As the play moves on the audience feels pity for the tragic hero as well as fear for themselves as they watch the event taking place on stage. Othello can be seen as one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies, because it follows the guidelines set up by Aristotle’s Poetics. As Aristotle’s Poetics states; a tragedy is an imitation of an action of men that is serious and also having magnitude that arouse pity and fear where with to accomplish the catharsis of those emotions. With this definition of a tragedy he also stated the components of the tragedy, ranking them in importance.
As defined by Aristotle, 'tragedy evokes pity and fear in the audience.' On the other hand, comedy evokes pleasure and laughter. Act One is highly comical with absurd characters, and humorous language. However from the outset, the audience is on notice that the play is a tragedy, not least because the play begins with a dark and tragic Prologue. The Prologue contains dark imagery such as 'civil blood makes civil hands unclean,' and,'from ancient grudge break to new mutiny'.
Romeo and Juliet - Foreshadowing Foreshadowing has been used throughout the ages of literature revealing horroriffic endings and scheming love, helping the reader from being to overly surprised by the outcomes. Many writers use this technique of writing utilizing its ability to add so much more meaning to a novel. As in the age of Elizabethans, directors and actors caged this skill exploiting it when ever thought necessary. In the play Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare, Shakespeare utilizes foreshadowing to keep the audience from becoming to upset by the tragic outcome. He also uses it to display Romeo's and Juliet's enduring love for one another.
The following paper discusses the general themes and symbolism in the play- “Twelfth Night, Or What You Will”. I have tried to analyze the above topics to make the reader understand why these themes are important to note and how they add to the play. These themes are important to understand as they bring out the real meaning of the play. Twelfth night is a comedy by genre, but it also reveals a lot of messages that Shakespeare wants to give to his audience through his plays. I think it is important to bring out the comical aspects of the play as well as the message part of the play because the modern generation tends to always miss on those messages while watching this play.
Aristotle also suggests that a tragedy should have the power to provoke audience’s emotion of pity and fear. The suffering and behavior of each character in Hamlet possess that power. The author agrees with the Aristotelian analysis of Hamlet, the story of Hamlet was perfectly based on Aristotle’s tragedy theory. However, the author thinks that the tragedy doesn’t always have to end up in misery. A tragic story can also have some hidden happiness in the suffering, misery of tragic hero(s), in which way can audience realize that there is still hopeful when your life is tragic and encourage people to strive hard to create a better life.
But the best of Comedy and the best of Tragedy will produce the same affect: catharsis. Catharsis is the purgation and purifying of the emotions, specifically fear or pity. (“Catharsis”) The plays that manage to produce catharsis in their audience are the ones that we return to time and time again. Although catharsis is one of the main objectives of Greek Tragedy (Jacobus 34), Comedy done well will shape and move its audience in the same way. These two classic genres use characters that are co... ... middle of paper ... ...steful, Works Cited Aristophanes.
Starting from these two plays this essay will look at the boundaries that allow defining and distinguishing between tragedy and comedy as well as their importance at the time. Tragedy and comedy stand out mainly by the fact that one of these genres makes people cry and the other makes them laugh. The boundary between the two is not always easy to distinguish, since a play can be considered as a comedy without being funny, simply because it has a happy ending. The issue here is to contrast these two genres to better draw the border between them. The comedy featured ordinary characters and thus allowed people to laugh at their pains and ironic situations.
It is evident that the piece that pride, betrayal, and fate are the prime thematic topics, but Shakespeare blurs the line between the allusion of a life full of fortune, and the reality of the burdens that come with life. Inevitably, “Shakespeare took great liberties with this source, adapting various historical events to increase the dramatic effect of his tragedy” (Hact). Elizabethan plays were very sophisticated, for the majority of those who wrote them were scholarly, and had an education. The plays consisted of humor, tragedy, and had a certain sophistication about them. In the Tragedy of
The leading role that a tragic character assumes normally controls the actions and reactions of a setting. Shakespeare’s tragedy Hamlet is no different, effectively exposing the vulnerabilities and short comings of tragic characters, Hamlet and Claudius; while providing the overall worth of Gertrude and Ophelia. Tragic characters, often take part in an irrational, avoidable plot, resulting into a drawn-out moral lesson. Literary analyst Authur Kirsch, elaborates on his perception of Shakespeare’s tragic hero themes stating “The irony is in a large sense, ‘comic,’ but it only exacerbates the passion for the heroes. ‘Shakespeare’s heroes not only are obviously subject to the evanescence of human passion, but they constantly protest against it, and that consciousness and ultimately unavailing protest constitute a substantial part of their suffering”(Kirsch 87).