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The Comedies of William Shakespeare


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

Guided Reading Level: Z

Lexile Level: 1350

ISBN:9781615309337 (E-book)

Copyright: ©2013

Pages: 136

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