comedy of errors farce or comedy

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In theatre, a farce is a comedy that aims at entertaining the audience through situations that are highly exaggerated, extravagant, and often slapstick elements are used for humorous effect, thus improbable. Comedy is a light dramatic work that is intended to be humorous or satirical in tone and to amuse an audience, usually containing a happy resolution of the particular conflict by inducing laughter, especially, in theatre and stand-up comedy. In farce, the character is inferior to the demands of the plot and is therefore one-dimensional and undeveloped. Whereas, in comedy, the plot is to a greater extent driven by the characters, which are therefore multi-dimensional and continue to develop throughout.

The Comedy of Errors has all the elements of a Shakespearean comedy – there’s a conflict, some resolution, confusion is cleared up, families and lovers get reunited, and it’s also funny. Still, The Comedy of Errors is often dismissed as a farce, which is defined as a short work (and this is actually Shakespeare’s shortest) that is based on utterly unbelievable premises and solely designed to evoke laughter (as compared to bringing up deep, dramatic points or conflicts). Our vote is that this play is a comedy, not a farce, and Harold Bloom, Shakespeare’s scholar and professor, agrees with us. The Comedy of Errors may be based on some ridiculous principles, but so is A Midsummer Night's Dream, and practically everyone takes it seriously. However, it is possible to argue that the improbable plot, far from being a problem, is the main point of the play. Shakespeare creates an enchanted atmosphere in which anything can happen. The certainties of life are stripped away; reason no longer applies; it is a world of pure potentiality. The fact that most people find this play to be the funniest that Shakespeare’s wrote, adds to this disorienting effect, as humor works by subverting expectations. Thus, the farcical elements perform a serious role while at the same time...
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