The interwoven, blurred line of fantasy versus reality creates a similar wavering line between celestial beings and humanity. As Shakespeare introduces the magical flower that will create the foundation of love gone array in this drama, a subtle allusion to Queen Elizabeth is referenced. “As it should pierce a hundred thousand h...
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...fection similar to that of the divine? What is the height of human potential? Throughout A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare humanizes the divine world while upholding mortal individuals to adjoin the division between celestial perfection and mortal blemishes. Allusions play a large role in Shakespeare’s play by associating complex events and histories that he knows his audience will be familiar with in order to develop a larger message. Utilizing an accepted cultural foundation, Shakespeare built upon the theme within his play by comparing and contrasting his characters such as Bottom, Titania, Helena, and Demetrius to mythical stories from the ancient times. Through various examples of flawed divinity and celebrated mortals, Shakespeare elevates the capacity for human potential so that every individual may relate and strive for perfection of the flawed divine.
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