Shakespeare`s comedies

Shakespeare’s comedies
Elina Netšajeva 11a
The plays of William Shakespeare
were grouped into:
• Comedies
• Histories
• Tragedies
• Is set in an imaginary country (Illyria)
• Is similar to a fairy-tale
• Characters are true to life
• In Shakespeare’s comedies female
heroines are usually more important than
male heroes
• But in Shakespearian
time men played all the
roles even female ones
• In characters we can
see many mistakes
and faults
The two most important motives in
1. Right of an individual to free choice of
2. Contrast between the appearance and
• Shakespeare’s comedies are accompanied
by music and sometimes actors play music
instruments by themselves
• Songs are often sung by a jester or a fool;
parallel the events of the plot.
The main theme in Shakespeare’s
comedies is:
• Romantic love
• Friendship
• A struggle of old haters to overcome
difficulty, often presented by young people
• Separation and re-unification
• Mistaken identities
• A clever servant
• Heightened tensions, often within a couple
• One, intertwining plot
• Frequent punning
• All's Well That Ends Well
• As You Like It
• The Comedy of Errors (is believed to be Shakespeare’s
earliest comedy, written around 1592)
• Cymbeline
• Love's Labour's Lost
• Measure for Measure
• The Merchant of Venice
• The Merry Wives of Windsor
• A Midsummer Night's Dream
• Much Ado About Nothing
• Pericles Prince of Tyre
• Taming of the Shrew
• The Tempest
• Twelfth Night
• The Two Gentlemen of Verona
• The Winter's Tale
Twelfth Night
• Twelfth Night is a wonderful romantic
comedy which was named after the
Twelfth Night Christmas holiday.
• First performed between 1599 and 1601
• Contains basic themes like: divided twins,
mistaken identity, true love conquering,
gender-crossing and love madness.
• Orsino is a strong nobleman who lives in
the country of Illyria. He is madly in love
with the gorgeous lady Olivia.
• Viola is a young upper-class woman and
the main character of the play. She
represents herself as a man ‘Cesario’ and
goes to work for Orsino
and falls in love.
• Olivia is a good looking,
wealthy and noble
woman who lived in
Illyria . Orsino was in
love with her.
Thank you for your attention!
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