Although both films can to an extent be seen as comedies with serious, almost tragic aspects inherent throughout, Nunn’s film deals with these serious facets as central to the depiction, whereas Branagh, although not entirely ignoring the deeper issues, prefers a more light-hearted and visually attractive adaptation. Twelfth Night has been described as ‘like Hamlet in a comic vein’ . In terms of Shakespearean chronology, the bittersweet edge to the play and the fact that it is essentially a comedy with the dark, sometimes disturbing elements, has been linked with the playwright’s movement toward the genre of tragedy. The range of filmic adaptations of the play illustrates the variation in the interpretation of Shakespeare’s work, with the dark edge often failing to make the transition to screen. However this is not the case with Nunn’s Twelfth Night, which achieves this exploration of the serious essentially through his interpretation of some of the play’s principal characters including Malvolio, Feste and Maria.
The Plots of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream There are four main plots in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. They're all carefully woven together and there are many characters involved. The first plot involves four young lovers trying to work out their love for each other. The second plot is about a wedding between the Duke of Athens and the Queen of the Amazons. Interspersed with these two plots is another involving some local town peasants who are rehearsing a play for the Duke’s wedding, but get interrupted when one of the actors gets transformed and a fairy queen falls in love with him, which is part of the final plot.
Harold Bloom, Broomall, PA: Chelsea House, 2000. 28-30. Plasse, Marie A. “Corporeality and the Opening of Richard III.” Shakespeare’s Histories (Bloom’s Major Dramatists). Ed.
In other words, “[t]he fairies and their magic are the engine of the plot” (LitCharts), and that is because their interference in the lives of Helena, Hermia, Demetrius, and Lysander changes the course of the lovers’ lives. For instance, Oberon asks his servant Robin Goodfellow – also known as Puck – to pour love juice onto Demetrius’s eyes to make him fall in love with Helena, who is desperately in love with him. Instead, Puck mistakenly or intentionally puts the potion on Lysander’s eyes, so when the young man is awaken by Helena, he falls in love with her. The result of Puck’s action is that Helena thinks that Lysander is mocking her. She is shocked by Lysander’s rudeness, and believes that the gentleman should have more class, according to what Teresa Connolly said during a Drama class in October 2011.
Ed. Harold Bloom, Broomall, PA: Chelsea House, 2000. 28-30. Schlegel, August Wilhelm. “Lectures of Dramatic Art and Literature.” Shakespeare’s Histories (Bloom’s Major Dramatists).
So, Shakespeare’s The Tempest and Twelfth Night are the plays which are abound with various exotic elements. Shakespeare skillfully handles these exotic elements in order to create romantic comedies. This article is concerned with exotic setting of The Tempest and Twelfth Night and its relevance to romantic comedies. Post-colonial view Exoticism is a post-colonial term which deals with the various effects of colonization, master-slave relationship, hegemony, awareness about the self and others. According to post colonialism; colonizers are more than the colonized.
Prendergast, Maria Teresa Micaela.Rennaissance Fantasies- The gathering of Aesthetics in Early Modern Fiction. Kent: Kent State UP, 1999. Sparknotes. As You Like It, by William Shakespeare. 8 Nov. 2002 http://www.sparknotes.com/shakespeare/asyoulikeit/.
A couple of the lines uttered in and about the play-within-a-play are very reminiscent of the “real” lovers whose trials and travails make up the rest of the work. The most appropriate line uttered by the mechanicals is “My love! Thou art my love, I think.” (5.i.207). This pretty well sums up the situation of the four lovers. Even before any fairy drugs enter the picture, they can’t seem to keep their affections straight.
Not only does this conversation in Act 1 helps to develop Puck’s character but it also introduces the main plot for the play. Here we find out that Oberon is jealous of Titania’s attention and affection for her new page, the changeling boy. Because of his jealousy, Oberon devises a scheme to place Titania under a spell causing her to act like a fool.