Thomas at Endlessly Rocking has characterized the Great Story as a Shakespearean comedy:
Think about it. From the moment of the Fall, what do we see? A villain who seems a prince of light; a merciful King who must disguise himself at various times as now a beggar and now a horrible judge; mistaken identities among lovers; it’s all there. In the end, after all the sorrow, all the mayhem, all the confusion, the King is revealed, loves are sorted out, and there’s a great and marvelous wedding, as befits the end of a comedy. I won’t go into this any farther at this point, but trust me, the Bible tells a comic tale, and we my friends are right in the middle of it.
I think he’s onto something.