There are comic episodes in all four plays. These are Macbeth’s Porter, Hamlet’s Grave-digger, Lear’s Fool, and lago’s witty exchanges with Desdemona, and Cassio’s musicians, in Othello. Shakespeare has included these humorous scenes in plays whose overwhelming effect is to inspire the emotions of tragedy: pity, fear, horror, misery, despair, pain and so on. In this chapter, then, we will ask the obvious question: what is the relationship between tragedy on the one hand, and an episode of comedy on the other?
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