So I want to look at thematic elements used by William Shakespeare in his plays. To start with I shall look at the element of cross-dressing. Shakespeare used this element multiple times. You witness his use of cross-dressing in The Two Gentlemen Of Verona (Julia), The Merchant Of Venice (Portia, Nerissa, and Jessica), As you Like It (Rosalind), Twelfth Night (Viola), Cymbeline (Imogen), and The Merry Wives Of Windsor (Falstaff). Now in all of those example it is girls dressing as guys, except for The Merry Wives Of Windsor where Sir John Falstaff must dress as an old woman to escape from impending danger. In the case of Viola, Imogen and Rosalind cross-dressing is a means of self-preservation. Julia and Jessica use cross-dressing as a way to follow their love interest. Portia and Nerissa are cross-dressing for the fun of it and the betterment of others.
In the future... The elements of faked deaths, rings or token swapping, and more.