In most forms of comedy and certainly in the new comedy with which shakespeare was concerned the emphasis is on moving towards a climax in which the end incorporates the beginning such a climax is a vision of deliverance or expanded energy and freedom. I love to read northrop frye even in the most esoteric of literary analyses he is approachable and good humored this book centers on the nature of three of shakespeares problem comedies. Two of shakespeares problem plays then are fairly typical comedies in which redemptive forces are set to work that bring about the characteristic festive conclusion the birth of a new society that gives to the audience the feeling that everythings going to be all right after all. Get this from a library the myth of deliverance reflections on shakespeares problem comedies northrop frye in these essays northrop frye addresses a question which preoccupied him throughout his long and distinguished career the conception of comedy particularly shakespearean comedy and its relation . The myth of deliverance reflections on shakespeares problem comedies university of toronto press viii go 595 paper the myth of deliverance exhibits many of the usual difficulties with myth but the idea of deliverance is important enough and its centrality presented cogently enough that these may be overlooked for a moment
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