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Shakespeare's Literature

"The Shakespeare histories share a number of common features... Set against Medieval English
history... Not historically accurate... Provides social commentary... Explores the social structure of the

"The history play lacks such clear generic markers. The 1623 Folio lists Shakespeare's histories
between the comedies and…

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we become fascinated by it.

""In medieval times, the word 'comedy' was applied to non-dramatic literary works marked by a
happy ending and a less exalted style than in [its polar opposite] tragedy." In other words, a
Shakespearean Comedy is a more light-hearted play that has a…


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