Dream Country is a twisted version of the well known Shakespeare play that includes an audience of
strange creatures, some of which were used in the play. With the help of artist Charles Vess, Gaiman's
version of A Midsummer Night's Dream comes alive through bold colors and imagery and the use of
facial and body expressions that differ among those who are human and those who are not. This paper
will look at the different forms of facial expressions that the artists used both with words and
illustrations: from the somber and diminutive expressions of the humans to the sinister and gleeful
smiles of the strange audience that watches them.
Gaiman's version of A Midsummer Night's Dream involves an array of characters though only
few have a solid dialog. The humans in this version includes a very noticeable character, William
Shakespeare himself, and a few others such as his son and the acting troupe he was with that premiered
his play, A Midsummer Night's Dream. In Gaiman's rendition, Shakespeare takes his actors to premier
A Midsummer Night's Dream to a creature known as the Shaper. The Shaper explains to Titania that he
and William came to an agreement four years ago. Shaper would give something to Shakespeare, which
can be presumed is the ability to write world renown plays and sonnets, and in return, Shakespeare
would write and premier two plays for him (Gaiman, 64). It is understandable, that therefore,
Shakespeare would have such a worried and somber expression on his face. If something were to go
wrong, it would end disastrously.
Most of the acting company does not have lines outside what they recite in...
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...d depicting the expressions that range from human to creature. Though Gaiman's scripts
are fantastic on their own, it is the visual artistry that really ties it in together. From the somber looks of
humans to the amused, hungry looks of the creatures, A Midsummer Night's Dream definitely takes a
little turn from Gaiman's other shorts in The Sandman: Volume 3: Dream Country. A Midsummer
Night's Dream by Neil Gaiman is flawless in the way it incorporates creatures into Shakespeare's life in
and beyond theater and deeply twisted in the way it is done, that shows man will do anything for a little
fame and how much facial expressions change how a person or creature is looked at.
Gaiman, N., Jones, K., Jones, M., Vess, C., & Doran, C. (2010). A Midsummer Night's Dream. The Sandman (Fully recolored ed., pp. 53-77). New York: Vertico/DC Comics.
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