Clarify the farcical elements of The Second Shepherds' Play and how they relate to the more serious nature of the play.

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"The Second Shepherds' Play " is known for its slapstick humor and serious depiction of the nativity. One example of the farcical elements in the play is when the shepherds make several unsuccessful attempts to locate the Christ child, only to discover a sheep in his cradle. These humorous elements actually comprise more of the play than its serious nature, but they serve the purpose of providing contrast. With this contrast, "The Second Shepherd's Play" uses the familiar literary technique of getting the reader to let his...

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