Introduction to Shakespeare
Introduction to Shakespeare ENG 209
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MAJOR CHARACTERISTICS OF SHAKESPEARE S COMEDIES With apologies to Toby Widdicombe in Simply Shakespeare l Comedies trace the course of young love that ultimately triumphs despite obstacles MWH Comedy is not a place for old people 2 They begin in trouble and end in peace MWH They begin in peace go to trouble within seconds and end in exhaustion which is a form of peace 3 They depict romance and end in marriage or the promise of marriage MWH Plus eating drinking and dancing what you barbarians call partying 4 In comparison to the tragedies they employ character types rather than fully individualized characters MWH True in some basic way but this bucket doesn t hold water 5 They are thematically concerned with the nature of identity MWH True and unquali ed Comedy asks what we are Tragedy asks where we re headed 6 In comparison to the tragedies they emphasize female eXperience MWH Only in the most general definition of female Bottom Orsino Malvolio Angelo Females have to become males to achieve power 7 They exclude death MWH Well not really a severed head appears on stage in lVlM but comedies look the other way 8 They reward virtue and punish vice MWH A very problematic claim though true at one level 9 They revolve around a contrast of worlds often youth vs age or country vs court or city MWH And we could add a dozen other binaries smarU stupid richpoor luckyunlucky 10 They bring renewal to particular characters as well as to society MWH More accurately the promise of renewal 11 They are fundamentally lighthearted and verbally exuberant MWH Well Toby there is something called the problem comedy MV is funny but not haha WS is always verbally exuberant 12 They are meant to make us laugh at ourselves as human beings in all our absurdity MWH One of the things about WS is that he s really funny perhaps the greatest jokester who ever lived If you don t laugh out loud sometimes not only in the comedies but the tragedies too you re a dunce