Why did Shakespeare follow tragic scenes with scenes of comedy?

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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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