Shakespearean Comedy versus Farce Q&A



Students asked me a few questions about Shakespearean comedy versus farce, so I thought I would share.

  • Can you explain the difference between comedy and farce?
  • Please explain what Shakespeare means when he wrote, “”A wretched soul, bruised with adversity,/We bid be quiet when we hear it cry; /But were we burdened with like weight of pain,/As much or more we should ourselves complain.” (2.1 around line 300)
  • Are there any methods or approaches to reading and engaging with a new Shakespearean text that would be useful for us as students to keep in mind as we proceed in this course?
  • Do you think as the prof, you can maybe point out some of the comedy when we are reading a play just so we are aware that, that particular part is in fact intended to be a comedic part, just so we can understand the play better?
  • How is the world in The Comedy of Errors epistemically compromised? And why is it that the characters are unable to know true and false or right and wrong?

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