The Shakespearean Comedies Essay by Anna Schnapper

The Shakespearean Comedies
This paper discusses the problems of classifying Shakespearean comedies, using "Much Ado about Nothing," "The Tempest," and "Measure for Measure" as examples.
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This paper explains that, in Shakespearean comedies, a specific play can have, at the same time, both a happy ending and a cruel ending, as well as a character being both good and evil. The author contends that "Measure for Measure" can be interpreted as one of the happiest and the scariest endings written by Shakespeare, and yet it is classified as a comedy. The paper concludes that, because there is little solid documentation about many of Shakespeare's ideas, it is nearly impossible to comment on how Shakespeare feels about anything in his plays and to determine if a play, which is listed as a "comedy", is really a comedy.

From the Paper:

""Much Ado About Nothing" is an extremely humorous play, mostly about lovers and the obstacles it took to get two couples together. In the end of the play, there is not only one proposal for marriage, but two! All begin to dance and the 'happy' ending is reached, however, the villain of the play that caused these great obstacles has not been punished. He is here, at the 'happy' ending brought to the attention of the characters, so merry in their dancing and their future weddings."

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