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Written Response 1 - Ryan Wisneski February 9th, 2011...

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Ryan Wisneski February 9 th , 2011 ENL3334 Written Assignment #1 In Shakespearean literature there are many constant ideas that can be seen throughout multiple plays including the Shakespearean comedies. One of these ideas is the allusion of a “world turned-upside down”, in which many social ideals and truths are challenged with a complete contradiction to the accepted social clichés. In Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors, we see this idea of the world turned-upside down, also referred to as the carnivalesque, repeated and exemplified by nearly every character in a regular occurrence of mistaken identity that tests the social normality as Shakespeare intended. To understand the tropes that Shakespeare uses to achieve this carnivalesque effect, we must understand the idea of this term in the way Russian critic, Mikhail Bakhtin, intended it. The carnivalesque captures the social normality and the dominant ideas of a time period and uses humor and chaos through literature to combat these assumptions, creating a world in utter contradiction to these ideas. In the Comedy of Errors, we see this chaotic idea from the very beginning with the introduction of the character Egeon and the utter chaos that has befallen his
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This note was uploaded on 02/19/2011 for the course ENL 3334 taught by Professor Carr during the Spring '11 term at FSU.

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