Shakespearean Comedy Essay

Topics: Comedy, The Taming of the Shrew, The Simpsons Pages: 3 (1113 words) Published: February 24, 2013
By Isla Martirez
Shakespearean Comedy - Essay
In the Shakespearean comedy “The Taming of the Shrew”, William Shakespeare cleverly uses the techniques; Satire, Caricatures, Wit and Irony to create humour. “The Simpsons” & “The Big Bang Theory” are television shows that also engage the audiences with the same comedic techniques. The comedic technique satire is used in comedies to make fun and criticize the stupidity and weakness of individuals. In the Shakespeare’s comedy ‘The Taming of the Shrew’, satire was used to criticize unfair social customs and unfortunate people. The technique satire was often exaggerated to engage the audience with humour. An example of satire being used in the comedy ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ is when a sleeping drunk man that went by the name of Christopher Sly is found by a nobleman. The nobleman decides to play a trick on Christopher Sly and persuade him into thinking that he is a nobleman by taking him to his home and orders his servants to treat Sly like a nobleman. With that, the servants dressed him in the best clothes and directed him to the best bedroom. The servants were also ordered to pretend that Sly was a great Lord that had awakened after 15 years of sleep due to being very sick. Shakespeare created humour by creating false realities and the techniques such as; irony, mistaken identity and ridiculous situations. The two main characters that produced the humour of the play were Petruchio and Katherina. Katherina shows harsh language and offend those around her, thus why she is described as a shrew. An episode of The Simpsons satirizes parents who want to push their children into achieving success in athletics and gaining good sportsmanship. Bart (the son of Homer) is an advanced star player in the hockey team while his sister Lisa (daughter of Homer) is the star goalie on the opposing team. Bart & Lisa are seen as rival siblings in the series. But the mother, Marge, attempts to cheer...
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