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William Shakespeare : As You Like It: Handbook:Drama: ICSE English

Posted on: May 11, 2010

As you Like It : Shakespeare

As you Like it is a Romantic Comedy based on the conventions and practices of the Elizabethan Comedy.
Comedy is light and humorous drama with a happy ending.
The classical comedy follows the Three Unities of Time, Action, and Place.
The unity of action: a play should have one main action that it follows, with no or few subplots.
The unity of place: a play should cover a single physical space and should not attempt to compress geography, nor should the stage represent more than one place.
The unity of time: the action in a play should take place over no more than a single day.
Comedy, in its Elizabethan usage, had a very different meaning from modern comedy. is one that has a happy ending, usually involving marriages between the unmarried characters, and a tone and style that is more light-hearted than Shakespeare’s other plays. Patterns in the comedies include movement to a “green world”, both internal and external conflicts, and a tension between mind and heart.
A Shakespearean comedy
Shakespearean comedies tend to also include: A struggle of young lovers to overcome difficulty, often presented by elders; separation and re-unification.; mistaken identities;  a clever servant; heightened tensions, often within a family; multiple, interlacing plots and frequent  humorous play on words.
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