Romeo And Juliet Comic Relief Analysis

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American humorist Erma Bombeck once said, “There is a thin line that separates laughter and pain, comedy and tragedy, humor and hurt.” This is especially true in William Shakespeare’s works. Even his tragedies have aspects of humor and comic relief in them! A wonderful example of this is in his famous Elizabethan tragedy Romeo and Juliet. While some may view this play as being simply a dark tale of young love, scenes of comic relief are actually plentiful and come before, after, and even during scenes of the more tragic and serious variety. These scenes do not only add emotional levity but also give the reader a chance to connect with the characters and Shakespeare a chance to show off his wit and love for clever wordplay. Without these…show more content…
Furthermore, rather than using iambic pentameter or a consistent rhyme scheme in their dialogue, Shakespeare has them use a more relaxed and little less formal word choice and speaking style. This also shows the relaxed tone of the scene and characters as Romeo and Mercutio are not discussing anything extremely formal, important, or upsetting, but rather are joking around and acting as close friends do. All in all, this scene helps to show the friends’ close and playful relationship, Mercutio’s (and Shakespeare’s) love of wordplay and innuendo, and gives the audience a chance to laugh at a less formal scene after one that . Another scene is IV.V. In this scene, Peter and the musicians who were supposed to play at Juliet and Paris’s wedding have a disagreement over the musicians seeming not to grieve over Juliet’s death and being far more interested in getting money and leaving as soon as possible. This scene comes at a much different time than the one previously mentioned as it follows a scene of much tragedy and sorrow. The scene follows, in part, as such: Peter: O musicians … play me some merry dump to comfort me.
First Musician: Not a dump, we. 'Tis no time to play now. Peter: You will not then?
First Musician: No. Peter: I will then give it you soundly. First Musician: What will you give us? Peter: No money, on my faith, but the gleek. I will give you the minstrel. First Musician: Then I will give you

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