Shakespearean Comedy Plays – Brings laughter and Joy
“Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor” (Brainy Quotes). In reality, the truth is that the poor suffer the most while the richest are making fun of them. The wisest people get the best and the dumbest get played. In William Shakespeare, the themes of his plays are usually comedian or tragedy. Shakespeare comedy plays contains mistaken identity, happy endings, fool characters and some times the names of the characters identify their personality. William Shakespeare plays demonstrate great examples of comedy.
Firstly, many plays by Shakespeare contain the character misusing words that creates humor to the play. For example, in the play The Merchant of Venice, Lancelot is one of the fool characters that make a lot of mistakes when he is speaking. As Lancelot was trying to convince Bassanio into hiring him as his new servant, Lancelot tells Bassanio, “In very brief, to the suit is impertinent to my self…” (III, ii, 127). Clearly, Lancelot misused a word while speaking to Bassanio. Lancelot told him, “To make a long story short, the request is about me…” (No Fear Shakespeare). In Shakespearean English Lancelot said the suit is impertinent to him, but he meant to say “pertinent” instead of “Impertinent”. Also, another character from Shakespeare comedy plays is Nick Button from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Nick Button is the fool character in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. When Nick Button was organizing the play with hos friend Quince, he said, “You were best to call them generally man by man, according to the script” (I, ii, 2). It is clear that Nick Button meant to say, “call them individually”, not generally. Without a doubt, fool characters bring laughter to the play.
In addition, William Shakespeare comedy plays also include mistaken identity to make the play more interesting. In the play Twelfth Night, the countess Olivia falls in love with a...