William Shakespeare, who has written many different comedies and tragedies throughout his time, has revolutionized the literary world through his works. However, it is an on going debate if his play, The Merchant of Venice should be seen as a tragedy or comedy. Although many people view the play as a tragedy, they are often ignoring the humor that Shakespeare included in the story to make it more entertaining. In this play there are a few elements of tragedy that are apparent in this play, The Merchant of Venice should be classified as a comedy because of its abundance of happy endings, light-hearted jokes, and true love. .
Shakespeare, in his written work his comedic plays it is known for his comedic relief through the characters and the scenes. Generally speaking, this play has plenty of silliness and light dialect, which are motivations to rule this play to be a comedy rather than a tragedy. Shakespeare wittily enters funny scenes and joyful jokes to lift up the pressure or tension that the play delivers. Launcelot and Jessica's cheerful discussion in Act III, scene v is a key illustration of the entertainment Shakespeare is trying to give to his readers. In the past scene before that, both Nerissa and Portia are seen coming up with some sort of plan that will spare Antonio from his undesirable fate. In spite of the fact that this scene brings up nervousness among the gathering of the people, Shakespeare quickly adds a lightened talk between .
Launcelot and Jessica after the tension has built. They begin discussing the relationship between expanded costs of pork and Shylock's refusal to eat the pork. This change is crazy in that it takes the audience away from the unfortunate events taking place throughout the plot. Comic relief is a typical component of Shakespearean plays that connects with the characters of the play. A key example of this would be a scene from Act II, Scene ii where Launcelot continuously calls to his father, Old Gobbo, who is visually impaired.