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Discuss how Shakespeare creates comedy in “The Merry Wives Of Windsor” in the scenes we have studied. Take into consideration the use of language and dramatic devices and structures and how these create comic effect.

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Discuss how Shakespeare creates comedy in "The Merry Wives Of Windsor" in the scenes we have studied. Take into consideration the use of language and dramatic devices and structures and how these create comic effect. Shakespeare wrote the play mainly because of Queen Elizabeth the 1st. She requested Shakespeare write the play because she had seen a character, Falstaff in the play Henry IV part A. After seeing Falstaff in this play and learning about his character she thought he would be a good character to base another play on. Queen Elizabeth gave Shakespeare fourteen days to write the play and he called it "The Merry Wives of Windsor" The Merry Wives of Windsor is based around the year 1597 when it was most likely written. The characters were a mix of higher class people who own family estates and people like falstaff who are low life's that drink most of the time, which are resorted to living above pubs or in a basement somewhere. The play has two plots to it, a main plot and a sub-plot. The sub-plot is involved with Anne Page, the daughter of Page and Mistress Page; Anne Page is to be married to Fenton, a man of higher birth but less money. ...read more.


She express hatred to all men in this line "Why, I'll exhibit a bill in the parliament for the putting down of men. She also talks of sweet revenged and uses very sardonic language here, "for revenged I will be, as sure as his guts are made of puddings." Mistress Ford enters and they both have something do discuss with each other which is about the letter they have both received from Falstaff. Throughout the rest of the scene Mistress Ford and Page pack rhetorical questions into it like "what doth he think of us?" and extended metaphors, Mistress Ford says, "`Boarding,' call you it? I'll be sure to keep him above deck." Mistress Page says, "So will I; if he come under my hatches, I'll never to sea again. Let's be revenged on him; let's appoint him a meeting." They both want to get falstaff back for sending these letters to both of them. In Act II Scene 2 falstaff opens the conversation with telling Pistol that he will not lend him a penny whilst at the same time showing us how tight he is with his money which around the whole line he says is very ironic. It is ironic because falstaff probably asks for money off everyone nearly everyday as a sort of job of his. ...read more.


The whole play is based on bawdy humor with stunts like falstaff being put into a buck basket and the joke they play on him in the supposed haunted forest. Also there Is a lot of imagery throughout the play for instance, "one that is well-nigh worn to pieces with age to show himself a young gallant!" this is said by Mistress Page who means that Falstaff is far too old to be endeavoring to woo a lady and he is making a fool of himself by trying to act like a young more desirable man. The effect is to show her scorn and contempt for Falstaff and it also creates a humorous image of him. As we know Shakespeare is always trying to poke fun at Falstaff and we can tell by the things that happen to him. When the play was first performed it would have been in front of a Jacobean audience where the Jacobean audience could actually relate to the plot even though they probably had no clue that it was based around their way of living with slobs like Falstaff. If it was performed under a modern audience these days then I am sure the audience would get all the hidden jokes contained in the play and also be able to follow it quite easily. Nick Bidwell ...read more.

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