We are likely to feel destabilized by this play, which begins by throwing riddles at us, then striking off in a new direction before we have had time to digest, let alone solve, them" The dominant impression generated by this extract is "one of uncertainty. Also unlike the opening of All's Well, this opening is rich in imagery. Marsh provides a list of sixteen comparisons to support his point, stressing the images of counterfeiting and the disparity between reality and appearances.
Despite the radical differences between these two openings, Marsh finds important similarities: they are "self-undermining scenes.
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The excerpt from Troilus and Cressida is the opening dialogue between Troilus and Pandarus concerning the baking of that notorious cupcake, Cressida. Again Marsh emphasizes the confusion generated by this opening: "what is the subject of this drama. Does it relate either to the declared theme of war, or to the perceived theme of an obsessional, idealizing love? Marsh notes that the royal Troilus and the commoner Pandarus are distinguished by the former's use of blank verse and the latter's prose and by Troiluss' lofty image patterns as opposed to Pandarus's simile that "sexual gratification is equivalent to eating.
The depictions of monarchs including Richard III an enemy of the Tudors and Henry V one of the great Tudor monarchs have been influential in creating a perception of these kings which has persisted throughout the centuries. Many historians point to inaccuracies in the depictions, but the plays have been very powerful in presenting a particular image which it is hard for many people to see past. To comment on this article, you must sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account.
I saw him in that role too and thought it was wonderful. You're right about the way a year old role can still be magical. I think that's what's great about Shakespeare. Thanks for stopping by and for the comment. We saw Mr Tennant in Hamlet at the Courtyard the year before last and good he was too in the lead role, adding his own little bit of controversy and bringing that modern feel to the role. Clever performance.
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Isn't it magical the way a year old role still offers a 21st century t. Tennant ought to do some comedy, if he hasn't already. Hi, yes you're right. Some people are classifying a few of the plays as Romance. I think that's one of the interesting things about genre - it can be a very fluid concept. Might re-visit this at some point. Wonderfully clear - but I think you missed a category.
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Some see five of Shakespeare's late plays as a whole new genre: The Romance. Per the Riverside Shakespeare, the Romances partake of the Continental romance, and also include journeys to distant places. They also blend elements of tragedy and comedy. I'd love to hear more about them!
I love plays by Shakespeare. You give a great overview of his different types of plays.
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I also like the photos! Great hub! Good explanation of the types of Shakespearean plays. So many are unaware of which play is which. Voted up. I never realized how Shakespeare's historical plays affect how people even today view famous historical figures. Very interesting how much his work overall still influences people.
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Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so. Shakespeare's Comedy Comedy is not necessarily what a modern audience would expect comedy to be.
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Shakespearean Tragedy Tragedies may involve comedic moments, but tend towards more serious, dramatic plots with an ending that involves the death of main characters. The main features of a Shakespearean Tragedy are that: Characters become isolated or there is social breakdown Ends in death There is a sense that events are inevitable or inescapable There is usually a central figure who is noble but with a character flaw which leads them towards their eventual downfall The plays which are generally classed as Shakespearean Tragedy are: Macbeth, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Titus Andronicus, Julius Caesar, Troilus and Cressida, Othello, Coriolanus, King Lear, Antony and Cleopatra, Timon of Athens and Cymbeline this is debated, with some scholars classifying it as a Comedy.
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Shakespeare's Histories Shakespeare's Histories focus on English monarchs. Performing Arts. Great hub, definitely helpful for anyone studying Shakespeare. Thanks for a concisely written hub.