Comedy in Shakespeare

Image When we look at William Shakespeare’s plays, our class discovered many genres throughout the entire First Folio. Most famously, there are tragedy and comedy. However, this year we learned more about comedy plays, such as Twelfth Night, Much Ado about Nothing, and The tempest. Some of them might be seem as gloomy and heavy plays; nonetheless, Shakespeare cleverly puts all comic elements in the plays to make the audience laugh. Shakespeare sometimes sets the comic characters, or write comic lines, or put comic scenes. For example, the last play that we read, The Tempest, Shakespeare set comic characters: Stephano and Trunculo. By setting these two funny characters, the play can be called as comedy even thought the setting and storyline is heavy and depressing in some ways. Shakespeare was genius in making his plays into comedy by using a lot of clever elements.

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