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Comedy in Shakespeare Shakespeare wrote many plays during his lifetime Some of his plays have similar comedic characteristics and then other plays are the exact opposite of comedy Shakespeare wrote tragedies romance history comedy and problem plays all with great success During the performance of these plays there was no scenery so great time was taken when developing the characters and the plot so the plays would be entertaining A Midsummers Nights Dream and Much Ado About Nothing are just two of the comedies Shakespeare wrote These two plays have many things in common where as Measure for Measure is a problem play with a totally different tone Comparing and contrasting these three plays will help us to understand what Shakespeare thought comedy was in the 1600s and to see if our views on comedy are the same today A Midsummer Nights Dream is a festive comedy The play takes place in June and this is a bewitched time In the spring the custom is to celebrate the return of fertility to the earth During this time the young people spend the night in the woods to celebrate Shakespeare uses the greenworld pattern in this play The play begins in the city moves out to the country
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