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The Mikado is an operetta that was written by William Schwenck Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan Gilberts text is a masterpiece of comic writing and Sullivans ever tuneful music is perfectly adapted serving in a remarkable manner to set off the amusing character of the words The two have made a script that is familiar to English audiences From common English humor to the harsh brutality of the English Gilbert and Sullivan were able to blend English characters into a Japanese setting Obviously doing so would make a good comedy but because of false dilemmas circular reasoning and illogic facts it added to the humor of the story The scene takes place in the city of Titipu in an old-fashioned Japanese period A seemingly simple story of a man who falls in love with a girl becomes highly complicated and confusing The story is filled with illogic rules and laws that the Japanese supposedly practiced Dilemmas and confusion also causes the story to have a funny twistNanki-Poo is the son and rightful heir to the Mikado emperor of Japan He flees his city not wanting to marry Katisha the older woman he is supposed to marry In another city he falls in love with a girl named Yum-Yum who is supposed to wed an official Ko-Ko However because being with her is impossible he leaves the city and only returns when he has heard that Ko-Ko has been condemned to death for flirting The irony is that when he returned hoping to finally be with his love he finds out that not only is Ko-Ko still alive but has been pardoned and promoted to Lord High Executioner of Titipu Here lies the first problem for Nanki-Poo As for Ko-Ko he now is required to find someone that deserves to be executed for the Mikado has been strucked by the fact that no one has been executed in Titipu for a year He threatens to abolish the
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