Hamlet’s sharp words, while providing humor, lets the audience understand the odious feelings Hamlet possesses for his uncle. The comedy in Hamlet turns raunchy when Hamlet’s two close friends Rosencrantz and Guildenstern visit Hamlet from Wittenberg. Upon sight of his friends, Hamlet is able to turn a mundane greeting into a vulgar dialogue: GUILDENSTERN. Happy in that we are n... ... middle of paper ... ...n a tragedy; however without it the play seems lacking. Comedy is necessary to break the unbearable tension in tragedies like Hamlet.
What he is trying to say is that nobody took acting really serious, maybe because it kept them entertained, despite the fact that it wasn’t even considered an honorable job. It was not any of the actor’s culpability that they made mistakes, but Shakespeare’s. If Sha... ... middle of paper ... ...n, it also very narcissistic of him to do so. Based on this blog that someone from the audience posted, I would think that Shakespeare was also racist because of the way he separated his audience. As a result, of the way he arranged his seating, women would not even go to watch the play.
Buffoon comedy defines itself as comedy which evokes a laugh because of the degree of absurdity. It is utilized to convey dense ideas while keeping the audience from feeling burnt out. It is important to keep a captive audience and thus buffoon comedy allows for a light airiness while getting across difficult ideas. MELUS, a theatrical magazine which is issues bi-annually, published an article dealing with Neil Simon which focused on his religion and how it played a part in his writing. Walden stated it best, “To Simon the ideal play is where the audience laughs all night but in the last few minutes is touched by a sense of tragedy” (MELUS 81).
Contradictions in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet In the play "Romeo and Juliet", Shakespeare uses contradictions both to involve his audience in the action and to highlight the important themes and events. The play was written on several different levels of understanding. It could be viewed as a simple, tragic love story but the conflicts within and between the characters give us a fascinating study of human nature. The contradictions within the text in the form of oxymorons and puns counter this simplicity and lead us to examine each line for its true purpose. The variety and interest capture and entrance the audience.
One of the most effective uses of cruelty in the play is when Petruchio, through sleep and food depravation, forces Katherina into submission towards him. Tom from ‘goodreads’ has analysed the use of this comedic device between the couple to seem “more like torture than love” which... ... middle of paper ... ...ough the strong bond between the husband and wife, proving comedy to be a blend of pain and pleasure. Overall, The Taming of the Shrew clearly presents both emotions of pain and pleasure, and Shakespeare has crafted the play so that both emotions are balanced throughout to great comedic effect. This is done through the use of comedic devices such as disguises, misunderstanding and cruelty. Also the structural devices and the language used between the characters prove comedy to be a blend of pain and pleasure and allow the audience to respond to the scenes with either a feeling of pain of pleasure.
Shakespeare uses the problems of illusion, deception and subjectivity of perception to examine the Elizabethan patriarchy, and he shows how adhering to convention can distort the views of society’s leaders. Plot development and comedy in Much Ado rely heavily on the use of noting. The play appears to have a simple plot; the romantic couple, Claudio and Hero, are denied marital joy by the evil Don John while the sub-plot, Beatrice’s and Benedick’s resisted but growing love, provides us with some humour until order and happiness are re-established in Messina. However, Shakespeare cleverly employs the many forms of noting (observation, misunderstanding, misreporting) to move the dramatic action forward. The main plot and the sub-plots are laced together with this device and, to emphasise the importance of noting, the audience is denied viewing the vital episode where Claudio and Don Pedro witness what they think is Hero’s debauchery – we observe the watch eavesdropping on Borachio recounting the event to Conrade.
The news the oracle delivers to Oedipus is catastrophic. He is told that he will ... ... middle of paper ... ...hooses to be ignorant to the truth rather than see reality is abundant. His choice to blame others for his wrongs and his arrogance make him responsible for his crimes. Sophocles’s tragic play Oedipus Tyrannus induces catharsis in the audience and rouses exciting debate revolving around the morality concerned with Oedipus’s crimes. It is often argued whether Oedipus is truly responsible for the loathsome crimes of patricide and incest.
Milton is able to do this because it is always worse, and more shocking to see a liked individual reveal himself to be bad, than to always know a bad individual to be bad. Thus, the initial support that Satan gains from readers is designed to alienate him further when his evil side prevails. As the character of Satan progresses, the reader becomes less willing to accept Satan’s goal of freedom of choice. This is... ... middle of paper ... ...n. Satan’s goal of freedom of choice has been lost in his hate. This aspect of Satan serves as the final stage in a reader’s transition from viewing Satan as the brave leader of a just cause, to viewing him as a lowly coward.
This goes alongside, "How weary, stale, flat and unprofitable seem to me all the uses of this world", where the chain of downbeat adjectives, display how difficult Hamlet’s emotional state is. These references to words do not merely present his dejection and adverse condition, but additionally bring his allusions of suicide to the surface. Suicidal thoughts establish a weakness in his character. However he redeems himself as he comprehends that suicide is against the ideals of the church, so constrains himself. Hamlet deems that although people may suffer pain and cruelty they still choose to live because they are afraid of what is to come after death," And makes us rather bear those ills we have than fly to others that we know not of?
This is problematic for modern day audiences, as they do not find the courtship methods that Petruchio employs to woo Katherina particularly comical. However, it could be argued that Shakespeare crafted The Taming of the Shrew precisely for this reason, to feature his views on patriarchy and to make the audience see what was happening through a new perspective. The Elizabethan audience would have been shocked at the methods used in order to achieve the taming, even though it was well within a man’s right to discipline his wife if she was deemed unfit. From the very beginning of The Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare indicates that this play will not follow traditional rules of decorum, and that it is intended to both give pleasure and cause pain in order to make both Elizabethan and modern audiences take note of his underlying message. Due to the patriarchal society of the Elizabethan era, women were expected to succumb to men and follow their orders.