Happily Ever After in A Midsummer Night's Dream by Shakespeare

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William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564 with a middle class family. In 1590, William left his family to travel into London to work towards his acting career and playwriting. William Shakespeare became the most well-known playwright in England and he had part ownership of the Globe Theatre. His playwriting career was around the time that Elizabeth I was on the throne (1558-1603), within this time period, A Midsummer Night’s Dream was written but nobody knows the exact date of when it was published. A Midsummer Night’s Dream is an unusual, supernatural play and differs from others that he has written – e.g. “Romeo and Juliet” might be perceived as the opposite of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” because of the very different endings – Within “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, the “lovers” are left peacefully in their anticipated couples to live happily ever after whereas in, “Romeo and Juliet” the two lovers tragically die at the end of the play by killing themselves. The language used within “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” alternates to fit in with the temperament of the scene or what characters are within the scene. For example, William Shakespeare uses prose throughout the play for the ‘mechanicals’ for the audience to distinguish them as lower class. This language is used because there is no special rhythm in the ‘mechanicals’ dialogue. This fits with the scene as it’s a casual but practical speech which links to their character group, “mechanicals” because of each character’s name and profession. This could also link to the Elizabethan Era as the Royal Exchange was in establishment so England and the rest of the world started to change in growth. In most English villages the men did the heavy work (ploughing, weeding, s... ... middle of paper ... ...Anybody can relate somebody to Bottom as there is a tendency for some people to have his characteristics such as, overconfidence. On the other hand both characters have important roles within the play as Bottom’s profession is a weaver and how he comfortably merges both human and fairy world together and is the only character able to do so. Bottom shows the readers that he shouldn’t play by the rules all of the time and he takes advantage of any opportunity he gets –this blurs out the sectors between each social class in reality. Puck makes sure that the viewers have good time whilst creating chaos with various characters, especially the lovers. Puck is the one to end the play which he states it is unreal and is like a “dream” which is amusing because he is a supernatural character as if we are being hypnotised or brainwashed into forgetting about what had happened.
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