Humor In Shakespeare

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Shakespeare's humor is very hard to detect in his writing. He has a sort of humor called "dry humor." Dry humor is when someone says something that can be taken in a positive or negative direction. In this paper, I will show you quotes that show some of the humor that Shakespeare used in the book The Twelfth Night.

"If music be the food of love, play on." This quote is talking about if love was like food, you should keep going because it is so good. I find this humorous because he is comparing love to food, I find that a strange, yet funny comparison. If you continue eating food, there is only so much that you can consume. But, you can always consume love and never become full of it.

"Oh time, thou must untangle this, not I. It is hard a know for me t'untie."

This quote is humorous to me because Viola is talking about the lighter side of things. She is looking at it like she can still look back and let time tell what is going to happen instead of jumping in and making matters worse.

"Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon 'em." The reason that this quote was humorous to me because he is saying some people are born to powerful people and other people think that they are great, then you have those people who work so hard to have people look at them great and then you have the people that do nothing and have greatness handed to them on a silver platter. I thought it was funny how he compared these three things not saying if one or any of those things were bad or if anyone of them were better...