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Midsummer Nights Dream

analytical Essay
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Midsummer Night’s Dream

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1. What does Shakespeare accomplish by setting most of the action at night and in the wood? Explain thoroughly. Use examples.

Setting most of the action at night and in the woods creates a dreamlike world. There is no other place that holds more myth than the forest. Obernon makes clear that nighttime is fairies’ time. Theseus, who is present during the daylight, represents reason.The visions of fairies and magic are all related to the nighttime forest setting. Shakespeare was interested in how dreams worked, in how the events in the play transpired, and how time seems to change and loses track. Throughout the entire play, the young lovers are overcome by the magical power of the woods. They are put into a situation that is unrealistic which leads to bizarre mishaps. Even uncanny incidents happen to the fairies of the woods. Titania is put under a love spell and falls in the love with the ass-headed Nick Bottom. Puck reminds us in the end that if the play has offended anyone, they should simply remember it as being a dream. This helps make the play an incredible occurrence, rather than an intense drama.

2. Explain how Theseus represents the voice of reason and moderation. Be specific. Use examples and quotes (include act and line numbers)

Theseus represents the voice of reason and moderation in the play because he seems to be the only normal character left. He only appears in the play during the daytime, when nothing magical occurs. He is the only character who shows complete sanity in the dreamlike fantasy world around him. He is the Duke of Athens so many people come to him with their problems. When Egeus comes to Theseus about the problem he is having with his daughter, Hermia, Theseus takes power over the situation. He explains to Hermia that if she goes against her father’s rules, by his words, she will be sentenced to death or sent to a convent. (Act 1, Scene 1, Pages 4 and 5, Lines 30-34). He states, “For you, fair Hermia, look you arm yourself to fit your fancies to your father’s will; Or else the law of Athens yields you up,- which by no means we may extenuate,- to death, or to a vow of single life.” Hermia is so in love that she can not make a reasonable decision, so she runs off into the imaginative woods with Lysander.

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how theseus represents the voice of reason and moderation in the play because he is the only normal character left.
  • Describes what precipitates the quarrel between obernon and titania, and how it affects the outside world.
  • Analyzes the quarrel between obernon and titania. puck cast a spell over the young lovers in the woods to find the love-potion flower.
  • Analyzes how lysander observes, "the course of true love never did run smooth." apply this observation to the love relationships between theseus and hippolyta, and titania and obernon.
  • Analyzes how lysander comforts hermia in her depression and warns her that if she doesn't marry demetrius, her life could be at risk. the relationship between theseus and hippolyta is a strange one.
  • Analyzes how lysander and hermia face a constant battle with demetrius and helena regarding concepts of love, magic, and regulation.
  • Analyzes the four main plots of the play: the royal wedding of theseus and hippolyta, the conflict between titania and obernon, and the attempts of craftsmen to put on a play for the wedding.
  • Narrates how titania and obernon are queen and king of the fairies and craftsmen rehearsing a play for the royal wedding.
  • Analyzes how shakespeare creates a dreamlike world by setting most of the action at night and in the woods. obernon makes clear that nighttime is fairies’ time and theseus represents reason.
  • Explains that moonlight symbolizes madness, romance, and magic in a midsummer night's dream. it also represents theater where illusions take on the appearance of real life.
  • Analyzes the significance of puck's epilogue, which refers to one of the main themes in the play, dreams, especially those pertaining to the darkness of love.
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