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We can trace the origin of Comedy to Dionysis- the Greek God of Wine who was hilarious satirical and irreverent in spirit Ben Jonson in Volpone 1605 that is considered to be the greatest comedy in English epitomized the classical spirit of comedy Shakespeare was aware of the classical tradition by the chose to follow the Roman tradition of Petrarch and Boccacio Shakespeares early comedies were classical in spirit but the later ones were more emotional fanciful and humorous The Merchant of Venice falls between there two categories It leads the list of mature comedies has more Romantic characteristics than classical It is also one of the earliest productions of the middle period In this play Shakespeare seems to have obtained the highest use of his powers as a playwright his faculties as a poet and philosopher seem to be approaching their grand maturity without losing the ardor and hopefulness of youth There is loftiness of thought and expression Romance was an old tradition and Romantic ideas were common during Shakespeares time Romantic Comedy in the 16th C was meant for the Aristocracy and the comic relief in the plays was meant for the groundlings There were many differences between the Romantic Comedies and classical comedies In the classical tradition the characters were presented with ruthless force and the plays were realistic spiritual and critical But in Romantic comedies that Shakespeare wrote there was plenty of with but there was also an appeal to the emotions rather than the intellect and they were also less critical in purpose Like Meredith said they are thunders of laughter clearing the air and heart It is a comedy of emotions which wins the audiences sympathy with the woes and exhalations of the characters The various characteristics of Romantic comedies are present in The Merchant of Venice The leading themes of most of these plays were Love and Friendship These comedies were an exposition of Love and its manifold
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