Plot Development in Shakespeare's Plays Essay

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Shakespeare's plays can be very much alike, but can also be very different when it comes to the plot. In many of his plays he has many of the main characters die in a tragic death at the end. In some of his plays he has them live and there is a romantic ending. In Romeo and Juliet there is a ending that has both of these scenarios. As said by Snider from J.T. Jones and Company, "The Tragic and the Comic fade into each other by almost insensible gradations, and the greatest beauty of a poetical work often consists in the harmonious blending of these two elements." The plays King Lear and Much Ado About Nothing are two of Shakespeare's plays that display these two elements well. King Lear and Much Ado About Nothing are very different, …show more content…
Shakespeare's plays can be very much alike, but can also be very different when it comes to the plot. In many of his plays he has many of the main characters die in a tragic death at the end. In some of his plays he has them live and there is a romantic ending. In Romeo and Juliet there is a ending that has both of these scenarios. As said by Snider from J.T. Jones and Company, "The Tragic and the Comic fade into each other by almost insensible gradations, and the greatest beauty of a poetical work often consists in the harmonious blending of these two elements." The plays King Lear and Much Ado About Nothing are two of Shakespeare's plays that display these two elements well. King Lear and Much Ado About Nothing are very different, but also very much alike when it comes to the overall plot summary. King Lear is a story that is full of tragedy, betrayal and sadness. This play begins with King Lear trying to split his land up between his three daughters. In this process he ends of disowning one, and becoming betrayed by the two that he trusted. He puts them to the test by asking them how much they truly love him. "Tell me, my daughters,-- Since now we will divest us both of rule, Interest of territory, cares of state,-- Which of you shall we say doth love us most?" (Act 1, Scene 1, Line 2) This play there is an extremely tragic ending with many deaths and suicides. This is not Shakespeare's play that has a happy in any way. "This is where Shakespeare takes off the