Hazlitt thinks Romeo and Juliet is a portrayal of how love in generations changes and goes threw an evolution and it cannot be defined (Hazlitt). Schlegel thinks Love in a romance is an ethereal authority looking over “Romeo and Juliet” and their private marital affairs, and it also a sign of a wretched end (Schlegel). “Prodigious birth of love it is to me, that I must love a loathed enemy” (Shakespeare). Baker thinks Shakespeare tapped into his serious side of literature making Romeo and Juliet the “Perfect Tragedy” (Baker). A fairytale is a story in which the unexpected outcomes take place and leads to a happy ending.
Th... ... middle of paper ... ...lots do combine eventually to create this somewhat comedic climax, which slowly leads to the happy ending. In a comedy, everything is eventually sorted out. Chaos is quelled and order is restored – what was wrong then becomes right. Instead of death, which is what a tragedy would end in, comedies usually end in either life, or I the case of The Twelfth Night, marriage. The love triangle is solved; Orcino takes Viola’s hand in marriage while Olivia takes Sebastian, Viola’s twin brother.
Romeo and Juliet is a sixteenth-century play written by William Shakespeare. Amongst the most renowned of Shakespeare's plays, Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy that focuses on the fated relationship of two star-crossed lovers. The play focuses on themes of love and hate, mostly concerning the feud between the two opposing families, the Montagues and the Capulets. This play came at a time when such social events like courting were not just accepted, but expected. Witchcraft and fate were also strongly believed to be real which makes aspects of the play seem somewhat surreal to a modern day audience.
Different Relationships in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream There are many relationships in the play but the most important are the lovers. We have Hero and Claudio, who show the innocence of love, and Beatrice and Benedick, who show a more cynical version. There are also the friendships, between Hero and Beatrice, and Don Pedro, Claudio and Benedick. It is also important to remember that Don John is the bastard brother of Don Pedro – this is a major factor in the events of the play, for Don John’s status makes him envious and evil. From the beginning of the play, Shakespeare focused the attention of his audience on Beatrice and Bendick.
Twelfth Night or What You Will With Twelfth Night, Shakespeare provides us with an extravagantly farfetched and thoroughly entertaining romantic comedy. He goes to all extremes to make this play unpredictable and unconventional, while staying within the boundaries of earlier romantic comedy enough to make this his most exaggerated, supreme romantic comedy. In an age where popularity for romantic comedy had already greatly dwindled, Shakespeare did everything possible to make Twelfth Night his grand finale of this particular genre of festive, lighthearted comedies. He implements many new ideas in this play with his use of altered gender roles, untraditional relationships, and marriages involving unusual circumstances. At the same time, he stays within the traditional formula for romantic comedy that he used in his earlier works.
Minor characters, which add flavor to the plot, are often inserted into the storyline. Love provides the main ingredient. If the lovers are unmarried when the play opens, they either have not met or there is some obstacle to their relationship. Examples of these obstacles are familiar to every reader of Shakespeare: the slanderous tongues which nearly wreck love in "Much Ado About Nothing", the father insistent upon his daughter marrying his choice, as in "A Midsummer Nights Dream", or the confusion of husbands in "The Comedy of Errors".
In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the main conflict is between love and social relations. The play revolves around the magical power of love which transforms many lives. As a result of this, it gets the reader’s emotionally involved through ways of reminding us of love’s foolishness and capabilities, as well as violence often followed alongside of lust. This play shows passion’s conflict with reason. For example, the father presented in the play Egeus, represents tradition and reason while Hermia represents passion for love and freedom.
In the prologue the 'Star crossed lovers' refers to the love shared between a Capulet and a Montague, in this case, Romeo and Juliet. This quotation relates to different themes of the play, in this case love and romance, which is present between Romeo and Juliet as they first, met at the Capulet's ball, this quotation also can be linked to fate and how it was their destiny to be together. Only with the death of both lovers, the feud will be resolved between both households, as neither Capulet nor Montague can separate the lovers and the love that both children share. This also states that love can overcome any obstacles that stand in the way. This can be supported by the quotation, 'Doth with their death bury their parents' strife' and 'The fearful passage of their death marked love.'
Within these stories Shakespeare shows the true nature of love and forgiveness – a never ending battle. In his two stories his plot contains the variable characters within his stories. The changeability of the character’s personalities leads each story to the best endings. However, the way each story uses this variable changes the outcome throughout these plays. In A Midsummer Night’s Dream the interference of the fairies problems intertwines with the plot of that of the majority of the characters.
Actually, “Pyramus and Thisby” seems more like “Romeo and Juliet” than anything else, but the presentation of love’s trial is the common thread. The boundaries that love introduces into a relationship are challenged. Due to the nature of love, irrational as it may be, there is a need for harmony and contentment. The couples in the sub-play and the main play both thr... ... middle of paper ... ...in which activities take place. Since so many things are going on at the same time, the activities of one plot are merely dreams to the others.