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Comedy and Tragedy
Transcript of Comedy and Tragedy
Andronicus Romeo &
Caesar Hamlet Othello King
Lear Macbeth Antony &
Athens Coriolanus The Comedy
+ The Taming
of the Shrew The Two
of Verona Love's
+ A Midsummer's
Night Dream The Merchant
of Venice The Merry Wives
+ Much Ado
Nothing As You
Like It Twelfth
Night Troilus &
Cressida All's Well
That End Measure for
Measure Pericles Cymbeline The Winter's
Tale The Tempest The Two
Noble Kinsmen Shakespeare's tragedies are his most famous/popular of his plays Tragedies often have soliloquies (solo speeches) Middle Beginning Middle End Beginning Idea of fate and destiny Written at the peak of Shakespeare's career Hamlet, Othello, King Lear
& Macbeth Julius Caesar, Coriolanus &
Antony and Cleopatra Persuasive language is very powerful More about the plot, conventions & characters than the jokes In Shakespeare's time, comedy was "whatever was not tragedy" Tragedies usually had stricter guidelines Happy Comedies Problem Plays Romances Main Types of Comedy: By Aqsa & Cameo The Great
Tragedies The Roman Tragedies Main Types of Tragedy: Comedy and Tragedy Types of Drama Ordinary/average
person/people Admirable person.
Usually a once prominent & powerful hero Fatal error or
misjudgment (Hamartia) Audience should have a feeling of pity or fear Not always funny but usually has good endings Conflict is developed Conflict is at
its highest Things begin to clear up Problems are resolved Celebration
(marriage) Situation with tensions
or a problem Funny. There is hope, anticipation, promise & "happy every after" Early Later Fools and jesters - Ex/Puck Known as farce comedy Jokes/slapstick to get laughs Important plot Unrealistic characters Important characters Intelligent woman as main characters Relationships explored more Deal with social and moral problems Problematic and confusing (even to the audience) About separation, overcoming obstacles, and then reunion End: conflicts are healed & sins forgiven Themes, settings, characters = fairy tales and fantasies Tragic events but no tragic outcomes Comedies usually go like this... Tragedies usually go like this... Supernatural: ghosts/witches Situation "Solution" Growth of conflict Catastrophe Death 18 Comedies 10 Tragedies & Plot reversal (Peripateia ) Tragic recognition
(Anagnorisis) Violent transgression (Hubris) Retribution
(Nemesis) Resources Clayborne, A. and Treays, R. (1996). The World of Shakespeare. London, ENG: Usborne Publishing.
Bradley, A. C. (1966). Shakespearean Tragedy. New York, NY: St Martin’s Press
Shakespeare’s Plays: Comedy. (1996-2002). In English 339: Introduction to Shakespeare. Retrieved December 12, 2012, from http://cla.calpoly.edu/~dschwart/engl339/comedy.html
Comedy and Tragedy. (2002). In "True Love": Men vs. Women in Ancient and Modern Culture. Retrieved December 12, 2012, from http://condor.depaul.edu/dsimpson/tlove/comic-tragic.html Contain supernatural & strange states of mind They show the weakness of human beings Main character are faced with hard decisions Politics and power Include comic scenes Inspired by Greek myths and masques *Separation over sea The Tempest All's Well it Ends Well A Midsummer Night's Dream Much Ado About Nothing Hamlet Julius Caesar -Antony -Puck End