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Shakespeare's Plays

Common Threads In His Plays

Megan Townes

on 3 August 2010

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Transcript of Shakespeare's Plays

Common threads Four Types of Plays Comedies Tragedies Histories Romances Structure Divided into five major sections called "Acts" Exposition Often at the beginning of the play - think of the scrolling words at the beginning of Star Wars

Discussion of events that have happened in the past - characters reveal what you need to know to understand the background of the story Conflict Once you're up to speed, it's time to introduce the conflict

The conflict is always resolved by the end of the play. In tragedies, the resolution is usually sad whilst comedies tend to have a happy ending. Change The main characters are somehow changed.

They are different at the end than they were at the beginning, having learned something, suffered a great loss, made an important decision, or fallen in love, just to name a few examples. Subplots Similar to the main story in that they contain exposition, conflict, resolution and character change.

They often start out unrelated to the main story but usually are woven into the main story by the end of the play. Laughter Through Tears There are often sad parts in comedy and funny parts in tragedy. This is good as you can't laugh for three hours straight and three hours of sadness can also be bad. Think about these threads compared to current films
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