Frye: The Tempest is back

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"In Shakespeare's day, if a cultivated person had been asked what a comedy was, he would probably have said that it was a play which depicted people in the middle and lower ranks of society, observed their foibles and follies, and was careful not to diverge too far from what would be recognized as credible..." (Frye 299).

This just goes to show how comedy has changed...take a look at Monty Python and The Holy Grail. 


MP and the Holy Grail is a parody -- certainly its closely related to comedy, but it assumes the audience knows who Arthur is and what sort of situations he is likely to find himself, which is what makes it work at a higher level than meaningless, content-free absurdity.

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