Even though this play is a comedy, it has a somewhat sad ending that cuts the humor short. So, be prepared for that. Subjects that Shakespeare addresses in this play are:
- Pain begets pain
- Unnecessary restraint; creating more pain, sorrow, and complications than necessary
- Light and Darkness: a light heart lives long
- Breaking laws and oathes by necessity, keeping and breaking oathes forsworn
- Sweet fellowship in shame
- "No such sport as sport by sport o'erthrown"