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Why did Shakespeare follow tragic scenes with scenes of comedy?

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caityglam | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 27, 2007 at 9:56 PM via web

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Why did Shakespeare follow tragic scenes with scenes of comedy?

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lmillerm | College Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted February 28, 2007 at 12:15 AM (Answer #1)

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Comic relief is a common technique used when writing tragedies. Including episodes of comedy allows for the audience to take a break from the heavy plot lines. In addition, incorporating comic relief is thought to enhance the impact of the later tragic scenes.

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