In Shakespeare's time, the term "comedy" did not necessarily denote something funny or amusing. Rather, through such plays such as A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Merchant of Venice, the playwright examines other defining characteristics of comedic dramaÑthe social interactions of common folks and a focus on the contradictions inherent in everyday life. Readers explore the major themes of Shakespearean comedies, which have enchanted readers and theater-goers alike for centuries.
Series: Shakespeare: His Work and World
Interest Level: Grades 7-12
Reading Level: Grade 8
ISBN: 9781615309283 (Print) 9781615309337 (E-book)