The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming of The Shrew

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Shakespeare uses similar comic elements to effect similar outcomes in his works. Many of his plays utilize trickery and disguise to accomplish similar endings. Trickery plays a major role in The Merchant of Venice and drives most of the action, while mistaken identity, specifically Portia's disguise as the 'learned attorney's' representative, plays a major role in the resolution of the play. The first instance of trickery in the play is Bassanio's plan to present himself …

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