The way Shakespeare uses the setting and characters in the plays is different. In one instance, he uses some characters to make the plot. The magic and mystery that he includes, adds intrigue and they are the ‘legs’ of which he uses to make the story stand. The central theme, love, is the basis where the theme branches out to other problems, especially among the characters. His words and themes make the stories vivid and easily appealing to the imagination.
I hope to have shown how Lysander's claim that 'true love never did run smooth' is supported by other events and I think it is clear that love can make people do many irrational things when it doesn't run smoothly. Theseus and Hippolyta show us that love can run smoothly in the end but each relationship has its problem. Hermia, Lysander, Demetrius and Helena all reflect the idea of love not running smoothly and show what being in love can make you do. The play remains popular today due to the contemporary relevance of so many of the themes which Shakespeare included and he presents the idea that love is unpredictable and can cause great confusion. Love is something that cannot be explained but only experienced and Shakespeare leaves us to develop our own idea of what love really is.
Malvolio's character adds to the story of Twelfth Night. If he was kind, caring and not at all gullible the story of Twelfth Night would not have the same interesting and comical theme to it. I think that although Malvolio was mistreated at the end of the play it is only what he deserved. He was just as horrible and vengeful as Sir Toby and his friends and probably would have done the same thing in that situation. Even though he is not one of the main parts he is still very prominent in the play's storyline and adds to the overall picture that Shakespeare paints.
Even though the topic of love seems far from the center of their conversation, if the love that both Poloniu... ... middle of paper ... ...e in Hamlet. Evil, whatever the conception, must have some motivation of some sort. Evil always requires some previous occurrence to emerge from the depths of the human soul. Love, undoubtedly, does just that. In today’s society as well as in the literary works of the great William Shakespeare, love is all-powerful in many ways.
Although The Winter's Tale is considered a comedy in the formal sense (complete with the marriage at the end), it must also be seen as a serious response to tragedy in that it not only engages various tragic elements, but it also uses those elements to highlight the contradictory and unbelievable nature of its comedic ending. Through the odd construction of the play, the great dramatic risks taken, and the paradoxical conclusion of The Winter's Tale, Shakespeare creates a complex work that seems to suggest that categories like ‘comedy’ are largely ambiguous terms when the predicated comedic ending is so darkened by tragic events that the play does not have the time nor the strength to recover. The odd construction of The Winter’s Tale makes it seem, until th... ... middle of paper ... ... that Shakespeare was bending the rules or expectations of his audience a bit in order see what he could get away with. His method certainly makes for very interesting discussions about the plays that he does this with, and it makes the whole body of his works much richer and more complex. Works Cited and Consulted Bloom, Harold.
For those who have read Shakespeare's work before, the joke is not very difficult to decipher; but even those who do know what he is saying are unlikely to find it funny. There are various other similar instances of 'Shakespeare humour' in the first act, as well as the rest of the play. The very first factor you are likely to notice when reading the play however, is that 'Fate' plays a large part in the outcome of the play. An example of this is shown at the beginning of the play in the prologue. Shakespeare wants us all to realise straight away that "Romeo and Juliet" isn't going to be a joyful romance story with a 'happily ever after endi... ... middle of paper ... ...audience.
This closely links with other Shakespeare's plays, particularly A Midsummer Nights Dream, the humour and theme of love is very much the same. In the time that Shakespeare wrote and performed his plays, audiences would have been watching in poor conditions, either upon rotten wooden benches or stood in cold stands. This was taken into consideration when Shakespeare composed his scripts. He would have thought about ways to grab and keep the audiences attention, which he did so by incorporating lots of dramatic tension. Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare's most famous plays, although not completely his own work.
This play is a romantic comedy so it would apparent that the idea of romantic love would be the main focus. Even though the ending of the play is a happy ending, Shakespeare showed that even though love can be a blissful thing, it can also be a painful one. The characters in the play do certain actions that cause pain not only to themselves, but also other characters. Love is almost seen as a curse. In David Schalkwyk’s article, he states that, “[C]oncept: that is to say, it has no single, core meaning in all of its separate uses” (David Schalkwyk 76).
Dramatic irony in A Midsummer Night’s Dream embodies the elaborate plotline that symbolizes the complexity of love, while d... ... middle of paper ... ...ularly touches on how complicated love is and how love is blind. On the other hand, the outlandish, farcical scenes contribute to the moral that love is irrational and ridiculous. Throughout the play, it is evident that Shakespeare intends to create a crucial moral about love, while also entertaining the audience. The comedic aspect of the play as a whole; however, is clearly not intended just to entertain the audience, but also serves as a way to help symbolize this larger message about love. This moral is clearly not intended, but rather makes a point and pokes fun at love, and even in the biggest picture, society.
Difficulty Distinguishing Between Comedy and Tragedy in Shakespeare's Plays Shakespeare’s theatrical works are generally categorized into three all encompassing groups: the uplifting comedy, the lamented tragedy, and the excruciatingly boring history play. However, things can get a little confusing when you end up with a comedy like Measure for Measure or a tragedy like Titus Andronicus. Often we find that many of Shakespeare’s plays do not fit into their ascribed categories, but is it the plays that don’t fit the categories, or the reverse? Are the general groupings of comedy and tragedy really applicable to Shakespeare? Society generally defines a comedy as a piece a theatre with some good laughs, a problem posed, and a fabulous resolution, after which everyone lives pretty much happily ever after.