A Comedy is entertainment consisting of jokes intended to make an audience laugh. For ancient Greeks and Romans comedies were a stage-play with a happy ending.
The main characteristics in Shakespeare’s Comedies are:
- A struggle of young lovers to overcome problems, often the result of the interference of their elders.
- There is some element of separation and reunification.
- Mistaken identities, often involving disguise
- A clever servant
- Family tensions that are usually resolved in the end.
- Complex, interwoven plot-lines.
- Frequent use of puns and other styles of comedy.
- They may involve some very dramatic storylines
- They have a happy ending, often involving a marriage.
- The Merchant of Venice
- Twelfth Night
- All’s Well That Ends Well
- The Tempest
- Taming of the Shrew
- The Winter’s Tale
- As You Like It
- Love’s Labours Lost
- A Midsummer Night’s Dream
- The Two Gentlemen of Verona
- The Merry Wives of Windsor
- Measure for Measure
- Much Ado About Nothing
- Prince of Tyre
- The Two Noble Kinsmen.
Types of Comedy
Match the types of comedy from section A with its definition and characteristics from section B by writing the letter of the alphabet in the correct parenthesis
- Court Comedy
- Comedy of Characters
- Romantic Comedy
- Comedy of Morals
- Black Comedy
- High Comedy
- Low Comedy
- Stand-up Comedy
( ) Plays that focus on the absurdities and eccentricities of the characters rather than plot development.
( ) it depends on physical action rather tan witty dialogue and characterization.
( ) it deals with polite society, characterized by sophisticated, witty dialogue and an intricate plot.
( ) An imitation of the style of a particular writer, artist, or genre with deliberate exaggeration for comic effect.
( ) It was written to be performed at the court of kings and queens
( ) it condemns unacceptable behaviour in society via the use of satire
( ) it involves love and romance
( ) it involves one person performing a comic routine before a live audience
( ) A comic dramatic piece that uses highly improbable situations
( ) The use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.
( ) Humour that makes fun of serious subject matter such as death and religion. Offensive to some, hilarious to others. Requires intelligent scripting.