When Puck mistook Lysander for Demetrius (Shakespeare conveniently had the characters look alike or ‘only slightly individualized') and dropped the love-juice into Lysander's eyes and then (with help from Oberon) realized what he had done he knew he had to fix it. Shakespeare conveniently created ‘Puck' to add some probability to the play. Since the typical audience believed in fairies and little people, Puck could be convincing in his role. It is possibly, even today, more plausible to
Just like the play, Hoffman portrays the fairy world as a gorgeous and lush natural world, which is ruled by the fairy king Oberon and his queen Titania. Some might say Hoffman “sees the fairy world simply as a kingdom in exile, driven into the woods by the triumph of Christianity” (Alleva), but not as a languorous world which Shakespeare had originally portrayed. In the movie, the fairies are portrayed as mischievous creatures who like to interfere in the human world, which is similar to the portrayal in the play. In the first scene of the movie, fairies are shown stealing random objects from the real world to take along to the fairy world as trophies and souvenirs. In a later scene, a group of fairies are shown dancing, singing and getting intoxicated in the enchanted forest.
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In A Midsummer's Night Dream there is a great deal of mirth and whimsy and the supernatural elements are more of a mischievous variety than any kind of sinister entities. For example, in keeping with the humorous order of the day within the play, Shakespeare gives us elements of the supernatural that add to the mood and theme of the piece. For instance, we see supernatural forces in characters like Oberon, "a spirit of another sort", lord of the Realm of Dreams who represents the "white light of dawn" (Lucy 8). Queen Mab and a host of faeries also inhabit this realm of mortals who would be fools. The overall effect o... ... middle of paper ... ...nopsis.htm Dec. 20, 1998: 1.
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In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Queen of the Fairies, Titania, reveals this connection when she speaks of the natural world being disturbed by her quarrels with Oberon in the magical world. “ The spring, the summer, The childing autumn, angry winter, change Their wonted liveries; and the mazed world, By their increase knows not which is which. And this same progeny of evils comes From our debate, from our dissension, We are their parents and original” (2.1,111-117). The impression is that man is able to see magical manipulations or effects of the supernatural in the natural world but may not recogni... ... middle of paper ... ...end, seems to be easy and without stress. The magic of human love proves more powerful than the supernatural magic used to attempt to manipulate the lovers.
In true Shakespearean order, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is full of symbols and a variety of themes. The symbols include Thesus and Hippolyta to show contrast to the rest of the story. The story also includes multiple love stories, although I believe magic is the true underlying theme of the story. Shakespeare decides to mix the world of fairies, with the real world to create a complex, rather confusing, entertaining story of a ensemble who