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Chanelle Porter Thea 107 - Shakespeare Paper AAll’s Well That Ends Wellby William Shakespeare is classified as one out of three of his “problem plays” because of the complex juxtaposition between humor and dark, heavy themes. He uses those aspects to create a strange but compelling “romantic” comedy following the play’s two main characters, Helena and Bertram. The play doesn’t adhere to just one genre which adds to the idea of it being a “problem play”. The dark tone and disturbing themes such as virginity, incest and deception turn this play into a problem comedy. The structure of the play displays many aspects of a Shakespearean comedy through the use of marriage, mistaken identity, a “pants role” and a jester. They all tie the play together into one humorous genre. Shakespeare had a specific way of writing his plays so that they all followed a format. This format allowed his plays to be identified and classified under the genre that he intended them to. One of the most obvious signs of a Shakespearean comedy is the use of mistaken identity.

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