"Love's Labor's Lost" and "The School for Scandal"
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The paper examines William Shakespeare's "Love's Labor's Lost" and Richard Sheridan's "The School for Scandal", which are both comedies that include humorous representations of human error. The paper shows how both plays involve themes that have to do with deception, but Shakespeare's romantic comedy explores the folly of deceit, while Sheridan's satirical comedy takes a more serious look at the consequences of dishonesty. The paper further points out that Shakespeare's romantic comedy appeals to the lighter good-natured side that is more accepting of human faults, while Sheridan's satirical comedy gives the audience an in-depth look at society's deceptive ways which could possibly motivate them to change.
From the Paper:"In the play Love's Labor's Lost, William Shakespeare uses romantic comedy to explore the teen years of love for the King of Navaree and his lords At first, as if Shakespeare is attempting to give a lesson on refraining from desire, the King and his lords swear off any contact with other women, only to become victims of their own desires after their commitment to a short-lived oath. The plot is tangled with the vulgar wordplay between the king and his lords and their desired targets, the princess and her ladies in the pavilion. Shakespeare's Love's Labor's Lost stays true to the Elizabethan theater's ideal of a romantic comedy when the dramatic action of the play is put forth through the character's speeches (Smith 113)."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Brooks, Cleanth. Understanding Drama. New York:: Stearns Press, 2007.
- Smith, Emma. Shakespeare's Comedies: A Guide To Criticism. Malden: Blackwell, 2004
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