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.
On first view, the Twelfth Night has all the basic comic elements; clowns, double acts, women dressed as men, men dressed as priests and a "sublimely funny" servant, only funny because of his distinct lack of humour. Harold Bloom believes that Twelfth Night is indeed still funny to a modern day audience. In ... ... middle of paper ... ...r others who cannot return their passion. It contains all the situational, visual and verbal elements of comedy, along with satire, perplexity and commotion. Twelfth Night is, without a doubt, still funny to a modern day audience.
Hamlet is yet a tragedy but Shakespeare successfully brings humor through the grim walls of a tragedy and allows the reader to manipulate the scene any way he or she wishes. Humor can be manipulated as well with double meanings and different viewpoints upon what is “funny'; and what is not.
She Stoops To Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith She Stoops to Conquer is a comedy play written by Oliver Goldsmith. It has been loved since it was written. When it was first performed, some people did not approve of it as it attacked the normal sort of play style at the time, which was sentimental comedy. Personally I think the play is very whimsical and funny both on stage acted and just the words used. Sentimental comedy involved characters to be very typical, for example, the heroine was shy and romantic, the hero was brave and bold, and romance and love was above everything else.
The love then blended harshly with deception, misunderstandings, farce, dramatic irony and unrequited love made each of these more powerful. The strong comparisons between the elements made the comedy and hurtfulness dramatic and unexpected. The anticipation of what is to happen next, gave the audience greater depth into the film, keeping them captivated. The revenge given to the arrogant characters such as Sir Toby and Malvolio was comical, as well as being unexpected. The love and comparisons given to the ‘good’ characters, was tearful to see, making it even more so ‘fairy tale’ like.
Shakespeare is loved for his story lines, but he is respected for the characters he has created. It is ironic how in Romeo and Juliet characters such as Capulet, Romeo, and Friar Laurence are made out to be wise but in actuality make bad judgment. It is also ironic that Mercutio is depicted as a childish youth when really he is the character with the most insight. Shakespeare uses Mercutio’s insight as a contrast to every other character to show how ridiculous the other characters actually are. If you pay attention to the plots and story lines, this play is a love story.
The presentation of love in this play is wide both in scope and in application, including many relevant ideas. The structure of the play helps convey these, and still maintains it as a comedy. There is a sinister, evil tainted scene, followed by a comic one, balancing the play, but still including all the negative points that Shakespeare wants to convey. It is altogether a hugely impressive piece of playwriting, and Shakespeare deserves the adulation he duly receives.
To fully appreciate Hamlet as a tragedy it must be understood as a comedy. Throughout this paper I will demonstrate the comedic moments of Hamlet, provide a brief analysis of the humor, and finally comment on the purpose of the comedic elements. The humor in Hamlet can most easily be broken up into Hamlet’s wit and acts of minor characters. Much of this play’s humor comes from the intelligent quips Hamlet so often delivers. Hamlet’s first line in the play offers much insight into his clever character and into his family problems: KING.
Although heartrending and disastrous in nature and conclusion, Romeo and Juliet is filled with humor brought to the reader with a variety of literary devices. This is very evident throughout the play because William Shakespeare, through the immense use of puns and sarcasm, creates comedic effects in tragic plays such as Romeo and Juliet. Creating and establishing humour has a very important role in plays for it prepares the reader or audience for the tragic events that will occur later on in the story. Just one of the many literary devices being used are puns. Puns are a play on words and language that are used with intent to create humour.
Shakespeare creates comedy with his play on words, Malvolio comments on how it is almost certainly Olivia's writing "these be her very C's, her U's, and her T's and thus makes she her great Ps" The use of the sexual innuendo referring to the female genitalia and urination is very clear when spoken aloud which is very amusing. Further comedy is created by Sir Andrews reaction, "C's, her U's, and her T's: why that?" Sir Andrew does not understand the joke, the audience finds this funny but at the same time we also feel sorry for him because he is very dim witted. After Malvolio establishes that "Olivia" writes the letter he then begins to interpret the letter to suit his situation. "`M'--Malvolio!