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The Shakespeare Cheat Sheet: Characteristics of a Shakespearean Comedy

Shakespeare's work can be easy to understand when you're able to grasp his style and patterns in his work. One thing that will never change in Shakespeare's work is the elements that makes his work a comedy, tragedy or historic. For the sake of understanding Twelfth Night, and laying the foundation for our posts to come, we'll be focusing on everything that makes a Shakespearean comedy.

  1. The use of jokes and puns

  2. Mistaken identities and confusion

  3. Some element of romance and love

  4. A fool, jester or any character who provides comedic relief

  5. A happy ending

  6. A wedding

Can you identify these elements in "Twelfth Night"? In our next post, we will dive deeper into these characteristics.

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