Mercutio of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet Although the story of Romeo and Juliet does not focus on Mercutio, to many, he is one of the most interesting characters in literature. His name puns on the word mercurial which meansunpredictably changeable. His unsteady behavior makes him wise beyond his intentions. Arecurring trend in Shakespeare’s plays is the existence of a witty fool and many foolish wits. People such as Romeo, Friar Laurence, and Capulet are people who are made out to be wise, but,in the end, they make all the wrong decisions.
The Role of the Fool in Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare In English Literature, a fool is a person professionally counterfeits folly for the entertainment of others. They are always regarded as comic figures, which provide mediation under tensional circumstances. As Twelfth Night is an atypical romantic comedy, the jester is not the only fool who is subject to foolery, many other characters are subject to foolery by their silly acts as well. There are two types of fool in the play, namely Feste the professional jester who is in fact quite intelligent, and the non-jester fools, who are not fools but act like fools. Since Feste is the only designed fool in the play, the role of Feste will be explored in the following.
She tells him a love story about Cesario's sister the stories purpose however is to pull his attention from Olivia. ... ... middle of paper ... ..., is Viola's love for Orsino. Instead of leaving the country she was brought to and go back home like any other person, she disguises as an eunuch, so she can work for him. She would do anything to make him happy, even help him get Olivia's love, just for him to notice her. Shakespeare used many examples of excess in his writing, from the very start of the first scene.
Olivia wants to believe that she has a chance with Cesario, (a eunuch that is actually disguised) so she gives herself assurance. When Cesario simply sympathizes to Olivia’s confession of her love for him by saying, “I pity you” (3.1.113), it seems like Olivia immediately answers, “That’s a degree to love”! (3.1.114). Olivia is so desperate for Cesario! Her seemingly immediate answer shows that she will take whatever Cesario says and will twist it around to her advantage so that in her thoughts, Cesario does love her.
Take away the lady”.Other characters can not talk to Olivia in the same way as Feste, as she is someone looked up to and respected. This could be due to the Twelfth night celebrations being able to speak his mind-being the fool. Feste is actually a clever and witty character and he shows and presents this through his use of language, quick wit, word play and punning. In scene 5 Feste begins with a pun “he that is well hanged in this world needs to fear no colours” The Elizabethans enjoyed such punning jokes in which the word was pronounced giving two meanings. Maria and Feste are like a comedy duo participating in quick fire exchanges, scoring points off each other and in act 1 scene 5 he hints at her relationship with sir Toby Belch.
Orsino believes her as a man and takes a liking to her. Within a short amount of time, Orsino sees Cesario has trustworthy servant. Viola meeting Orsino is a very important for the rest of the play to take place. It is quickly knowledge that Duke Orsino is hopelessly in love with Lady Olivia because of his passionate comments throughout the play such as "Why so I do, the nobl... ... middle of paper ... ...by, Sir Andrew, Feste and Maria were singing and joking around. The scene lightens up the seriousness of the play and makes you laugh at how unlike nobles Sir Toby and Sir Andrew actually are.
The pun, playing on the word 'kind' meaning offspring, is displaying Hamlet's ready wit and intelligence. Hamlet is telling the audience that he feels bitter towards Claudius' claims and that he is not pleased with what Claudius is trying to do. He is therefore showing the reality behind the appearance that Claudius is attempting to create. Shakespeare introduces this theme very effectively, as it is not only portraying the feelings of the two main characters, but it is also clear and immediately sets up tens... ... middle of paper ... ...ective since it draws the audience into the play, allowing them to empathise with the characters on a higher level. The two main characters - Hamlet and Claudius, are also created very effectively.
Polonius, Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are all used as a comic relief to increase the ultimate tragic nature of the play. Polonius is a comic relief because of his self-absorbed, dull personality. Polonius is over-eager and tries to give unwanted advice, during the play he is tactless and often rude. For instance, Polonius is a comic relief during his conversation with Gertrude and Claudius regarding Hamlet’s madness. Polonius rambling through his conversation contrasts with Gertrude’s seriousness of wanting to find out the reason to Hamlet’s madness.
They each start to fall in love with one another under the pretense that other was hiding their affection from them. Now that they are both in love, they start to open up to each other and prove that the deception they endured was worth it in the end. Claudio is also deceived; ... ... middle of paper ... ...ce Borachio confesses about his and Don John's plot, everyone lays their grudges and challenges aside. Claudio still marries Hero while Benedick and Beatrice also wed together. The characters in Much Ado About Nothing are easily fooled into inadequate situations that could easily be prevented by a little investigation.
This links to the other main theme of the play, that of entertainment and comic characters. This is illustrated through Sir Toby Belch; who is quite clever and enjoys playing tricks on people such as Sir Andrew Aguecheek and Malvolio who are less intelligent and more unaware of their humorous characteristics. The scene in which Sir Toby and Maria trick Malvolio into thinking that Olivia is in love with him is a good example of a humorous and entertaining scene. "Observe him, for the love of mockery, for I know this letter will make a complete idiot of him" Malvolio, although he is a servant, often looks down on Sir Toby as if he is better than him. "Is there no respect of place, persons, nor time in you?"