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Love's Labour's Lost Tone

Take a story's temperature by studying its tone. Is it hopeful? Cynical? Snarky? Playful?

Playful, Energetic, Sympathetic.

The tone of Love's Labour's Lost is strongly influenced by its open-air setting. Until the entrance of Marcade, an open feeling of fun and silliness pervades the play, which abounds with games. The characters play word-games with each other, exchange riddles, climb trees, play dress up, and tease each other relentlessly. Humanist satirist that he was, Shakespeare succeeds in making fun of all the characters while preserving our sympathy for them. For the most part, the characters are all likeable. They are people we want to watch getting up to all sorts of nonsense.

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