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When Shakespeare wrote his comedies he didnt write them to be funny He wrote them with a pattern The comedies have many similarities such as characterization theme plot and language hidden in them that one would not see without analyzing the plays For example A Midsummer Nights Dream Twelfth Night and Much Ado About Nothing all have much in common Each comedy contains many themes One similar one however is the theme of love deceit and fickleness In A Midsummer Nights Dream the love potion symbolizes peoples ability to be fickle about love It changes one persons view of another person Demetrius hates Helena in the beginning of the play but ends up loving her in the end because of the love potion In this play Puck states Lord what fools these mortals be This even states how people in love are fools and dont know what theyre doing The theme of people being fickle is also portrayed in Twelfth Night with the whole concept of Orisino only being in love with the idea of love itself As soon as he finds out that Viola is in love with him he changes his love from Olivia to Viola Also Olivia changes her love from Cesario to Sebastian just as quickly and Sebastian just thinks its great to have a high class woman fall in love with him The only true romantic in this play is Viola who stays devoted to Orisino during the whole comedy In Much Ado About Nothing Benedick and Beatrice are both strongly against relationships and getting married However the comedy wouldnt be a comedy without fickleness about love They quickly fall in love with each other and get married Another common theme among Shakespeares comedies is deception In Twelfth Night almost every main character used deceit Viola dressed as Cesario as fooled everyone She even had Olivia fall in love with her Feste is portrayed as a fool but he is
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