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Film Analysis of A Midsummer Night's Dream

- Film Analysis of A Midsummer Night's Dream Michael Hoffman directed William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and it is an enchanting new version of Shakespeare's most magical comedy. It has dangerous potions, fairies and strange romances. It is a tale of a wondrous single night in which wicked spirits turn the world of love on its head. First I have to make it clear that I have never really thought much of A Midsummer Night's Dream. I have always considered it fairly frivolous and not too important in William Shakespeare's career....   [tags: Movies A Midsummer Night's Dream Essays]

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Interpretating the Title of A Midsummer Night's Dream

- The title of the play A Midsummer Night's Dream can have many interpretations. I will give you my thoughts on the relationship of the title to the different situations that take place in the play. These interpretations give insight and overall meaning to the thematic nature of Shakespeare's work. Although I am only going to describe three interpretations of the title, there are many other meanings to the title. The first interpretation of the title of the play that comes to my mind was the magical dream-like night in the woods, when Robin Goodfellow and Oberon, the king of the fairies, used several kinds of love potions, and messed everything up....   [tags: A Midsummer Night's Dream, William Shakespeare]

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A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

- A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare Author: "A Midsummer Night's Dream" was written by William Shakespeare, who was born in Stratfort-upon-Avon, in 1564. After he had attended the Stratfort School, he married in November 1582 Anne Hathaway and five years later they got their first daughter. For whatever reason, he went to London and became an actor- dramatist. In the beginning of his career he was both actor and writer....   [tags: William Shakespeare Midsummer Night Dream]

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A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

- William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream is very unique because there is a play within a play. Shakespeare uses the interesting qualities of the characters to narrate the play. The characters can be divided into four groups: The Athenian Court (The Duke, Hippolyta, Egeus, and Philostrate); the young lovers (Hermia, Lysander, Helena, and Demetrius); the fairy kingdom (Oberon, Titania, Puck, and the lesser fairies); and the workmen (Bottom, Quince, Flute, Snout, Starveling, and Snug)....   [tags: A Midsummer Night's Dream, William Shakespeare]

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Plot Summary of A Midsummer Night's Dream

- William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a romantic play about love-struck relationships that deal with lust, jealousy, and revenge. Key characters are Theseus, Hippolyta, Lysander, Hermia, Egeus, Demetrius, Helena, Oberon, Titantia, Puck, and Nick Bottom. Theseus is the king of Athens, who is engaged with his fiancé, Hippolyta, the queen of Amazon. Lysander is an Athenian man who is in love with Hermia, the daughter of Egeus. Hermia is also in love with Lysander. Demetrius is an Athenian man who also loves Hermia, and wishes to wed with her....   [tags: A Midsummer Night's Dream, William Shakespeare]

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A Midsummer Night's Dream: Book Report

-                      A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare is a Athenian comedy. Some of the characters are fairies, kings, queens, and even lower class people. It is apparent what time period this story is from, because of some of the things that Theseus, the duke of Athens, and Oberon, the king of the fairies, say in it. One of these such quotes from Theseus is, “ Go, Master of Revels. Stir up the Athenian youth to merriments, awake the pert and nimble spirit of mirth, and all of Athens shall celebrate.” Yet another quote talking about the Athenians is spoken by Oberon, “A sweet Athenian lady is in love with a disdainful youth....   [tags: A Midsummer Night's Dream, William Shakespeare]

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Hermia from A Midsummer Night's Dream

- When we first meet Hermia in the play called A Midsummer Night's Dream, written by William Shakespeare, she is a girl in love against her father's wishes. From the very start of the play we can see how much enamored she is with Lysander. We can also see that Hermia is a woman with her own desires, and does not liked to be forced to do things that she does not want. She does not want to marry the man that her father betrothed to her, even though it could mean her demise. Her choices of living in a nunnery and live the life of chastity was not an option for Hermia....   [tags: A Midsummer Night's Dream, William Shakespeare]

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Superficial Love in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream

- Superficial Love in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream In the first soliloquy of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Helena talks primarily of a love that contains depth, a love that looks at who a person is, personality-wise, as opposed to nothing more than their appearance. Helena explains, "Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind" (1.1.240). In the shallow culture in which Helena lives, and even in today's society, it is difficult for people to look beyond the outer shell and follow a deeper perception....   [tags: Midsummer Night's Dream Essays]

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Theseus vs. Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream

-      During the course of Shakespeare?s A Midsummer Night?s Dream, the rise of two leaders emerge. Theseus, the leader of Athens and of ?reality?, and Oberon, the leader of the fairies and of ?dreams?. Shakespeare makes it evident that these leaders are two of a completely different nature. As the play progresses it?s clear that Oberon is the better leader of the two.      When dealt with the pressures of being a leader of people, the most essential aspect of this duty is communication. In the play, usually done by speeches, each leader targets a different are of human physiology....   [tags: A Midsummer Night's Dream]

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Free Essays on A Midsummer Night’s Dream: The Comedy

- Comedy in A Midsummer Night's Dream "why do they run away. This is a knavery of them to make me afeard."(3.1.99) This is a quote from the Shakespearean play "A Midsummer Night's Dream." In this quote, the speaker, Bottom, is wondering why everyone is afraid of him. He doesn't realize that as a practical joke, a trickster Puck, has put an ass head on his shoulders. This makes all of his companions afraid of him so that they run away. This is an example of the comedy involved in this play. This essay will show you that A Midsummer Night's Dream is a play that is mainly composed of comedy....   [tags: Midsummer Night's Dream]

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Realism and Romanticism in A Midsummer Night’s Dream

- Realism and Romanticism in A Midsummer Night’s Dream In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare, love is viewed in different ways. While the four main characters believe in romanticism, Theseus is a strong supporter of realism. Bottom proves to be quite accurate characterizing the four main lovers when he states, "O what fools these mortals be.". Demetrius and Lysander both speak in figurative language and both are very handsome. Their love for Helena and Hermia deal mainly with physical attraction and flirtatious acts than love that captures body, mind, and soul....   [tags: Midsummer Night's Dream]

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream Essay: Romanticism and Realism

- A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Romanticism and Realism In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare, love is viewed in different ways. Bottom proves to be quite accurate characterizing the four main lovers when he states, "O what fools these mortals be” (Act #, Scene #, Line #). While the four main characters believe in romanticism, Theseus is a strong supporter of realism. Demetrius and Lysander both speak in figurative language and both are very handsome. Their love for Helena and Hernia deal mainly with physical attraction and flirtatious acts than love that captures body, mind, and soul....   [tags: Midsummer Night's Dream]

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Usurpation in Richard II, As You Like It, Midsummer Night's Dream, and Romeo and Juliet

- Usurpation in Richard II, As You Like It, Midsummer Night's Dream, and Romeo and Juliet In both As You Like It and Richard II, the concept of usurpation is illustrated in a political sense by a character substituting himself as ruler. However, Shakespeare employs usurpation in other contexts with characters of all different social positions. These two plays, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Romeo and Juliet feature several kinds of usurpation, which are significant to characterization and plot development....   [tags: Midsummer Night's Dream Essays]

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Free Essays on A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Lessons of the Darkness

- Lessons of the Darkness in A Midsummer Night’s Dream The physical darkness impairs normal vision: the dark is intense enough for characters to fear being alone. Helena cries out to Demetrius not to abandon her "darkling," or in the dark (2.2 l. 93). Hermia seems certain that her abandonment in the dark by Lysander could lead to her death: "Speak, of all loves. I swoon almost with fear. / No. Then I well perceive you are not nigh. / Either death or you I'll find immediately" (2.2. ll. 160-2)....   [tags: Midsummer Night's Dream]

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William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream

- William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream The stage production of William Arden Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by a British director Tim Supple was one in a million-that everyone talked about it and questions rode questions, on how the performance went. ‘It is the best production I have ever seen. What grapples me most, is the cast, ravaging with a rich choreography’, this was said by the British Ambassador to India in a chat with Times of India. The almighty dramatist play was sponsored for production by the British Council, India....   [tags: William Shakespeare Midsummer Dream Essays]

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Nick Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

- Nick Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare In a Mid Summer Night's Dream, the character Nick Bottom is given a rather prominent role in the several scenes he appears in, although he is not a lead character in the play. Bottom is unique from all the other characters of the play not only because of the considerable contribution his character brings to the comedic value of the play, but because he is the only character able to enter fully in to both the human world and the world of the fairies....   [tags: William Shakespeare Midsummer Dream]

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Resolution in A Midsummer Nights Dream

- In Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, the conflict is based upon pure confusion. The main characters are involved in a mix-up of epic proportions. The story begins with Demetrius pledged to marry Hermia, daughter of Egeus. Conflict arises immediately when Lysander is shown to have won Hermia's affection and also her undying love. This situation is clouded even further when Helena, a friend of Hermia is found to be in love with Demetrius. The crowning mix-up that throws the events of the play into action is the strange relationship between Oberon and Titania, the ruling fairies....   [tags: A Midsummer Night's Dream, William Shakespeare]

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Love and Desire in A Midsummer Night’s Dream

- Love and Desire in A Midsummer Night’s Dream Some of the most prominent themes in A Midsummer Night’s Dream are the omnipresence of love and desire and the tendencies of characters to manifest their defining traits. Helena and Hermia are two perfect examples of this. Hermia is the lover, and Helena the desirer, and both thrive off of their obsessions. In fact, both women are so tied to these traits that when they are taken away, their characters deflate and fall static. From the beginning, Hermia defiantly denies her father’s attempts at an arranged marriage, in favor of her whirlwind romance with and marriage to Lysander....   [tags: Midsummer Nights Dream]

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The Use of magic in A Midsummers Night Dream

-      The use and misuse of magic has an important role in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. As a reoccurring theme, Puck’s use of magic creates humor, conflict and balance in the play.      The magic of Puck changes the head of Bottom into that of a donkey. Puck’s own use magic adds more humor to the already comical and over-confident character of Bottom. Puck’s magic also creates a great deal of humor in the dealings of Bottom and Titania. The contrasted humor is clearly shown as Titania weaves flowers into the hair of Bottom’s donkey like head....   [tags: William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream]

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Love Lost - Female Submission in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

- Love Lost - Female Submission in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream After first seeing a performance of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, I would have called it a love story. After reading it several times, I am less sure what it is. I will take a closer look at the behavior and context of the characters to understand how a comedy with three marriages and as many as seven lovers almost concludes without a portrayal of love that satisfies me. The pairings I consider are: Theseus and Hippolyta, Hermia and Lysander, Helena and Demetrius, Helena and Hermia, Titania and Oberon, Titania and Bottom, and Pyramus and Thisby....   [tags: Midsummer Nights Dream]

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A midsummer Night dream

- The second half of the 16th century and the beginning of the 17th are sometimes called in England ”The Age of Shakespeare”. William Shakespeare’s the greatest English poet and dramatist and an indisputed world figure in literature. Altought his works (37 play, 154 sonnets and two long poems) are well knwnall over the world we know little about his life. Shakespeare was born on 23 April 1564, at stratford –upon-Avon, a little town in the heart of England. He was educated at the local grammarschool but as his father’s business went from bad to worse, he had to leave school and begin to earn his living....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

- A Midsummer Night's Dream Some optimists have compared love to a blissful dream, but Shakespeare's clever intrigue shows what a confusing nightmare love can be. As the audience ponders the revelry they have just seen as the play comes to an ending, Puck steps forth to conclude the confusion: If we shadows have offended Think but this, and all is mended That you have but slumb'red here While these visions did appear And this weak and idle theme No more yielding than a dream. The audience is left in as much ambiguity as felt throughout the performance, appropriately ending the play in a puzzling state of confusion....   [tags: William Shakespeare]

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A Midsummer Night?s Dream

- A Midsummer Night’s Dream Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a comedy that is full of mischief. Instead of having a main plot, it seems to be about random thoughts and emotions (much the same as dreams are). In fact, I have to wonder how much of the whole play is really supposed to be a dream – as Puck even suggests toward the end of the play. There is no real protagonist to latch onto in this play, probably because there are three main groups of characters, but many people will find Puck to be the most interesting character....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Lack of Rights in A Midsummer's Night Dream

- Lack of Rights in A Midsummer's Night Dream Do men and women not shed the same blood. Of course they do, so why is it that women are treated so unfairly. Women for hundreds of years have been degraded to something less than man when all along they should have been treated equally. The women of the Renaissance period were mistreated by being denied the right to chose whom they wished to marry. In the play A Midsummer Night's Dream Theseus talks about how the power lay with the father to choose who may marry his daughter....   [tags: Papers]

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Contrasting Settings in A Midsummer Night's Dream

- Contrasting Settings in A Midsummer Night's Dream           William Shakespeare's play, “A Midsummer Night's Dream” offers a wonderful contrast in human mentality.  Shakespeare provides insight into man's conflict with the rational versus the emotional characteristics of our behavior through his settings. The rational, logical side is represented by Athens, with its flourishing government and society.  The wilder emotional side is represented by the fairy woods.  Here things do not make sense, and mystical magic takes the place of human logic.  Every impulse may be acted upon without a forethought to there outcome....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

- Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare We have watched two versions of midsummer nights dream. The versions we have watched are: The BBC production, by Elijah Moshinsky made in 1981. The other one was made in 1995 and was an Adrian Noble version by Film 4. At the start of the play, both of them where very different. In the Elijah Moshinsky version, which is set in the civil war times, there was royal music being played. The music could be classed as Fan fair, the music faded when they started to talk....   [tags: Papers]

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William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream

- William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream In this essay, I am going to focus on Helena in Act 1 Scene 1 and Act 3 Scene 2. I decided to answer this question based on Helena because I believe that her role in the play is very important as it completes a love circle, and can add humour to the play. I will also try to show how I would like Helena to play her part. It would still be in the Shakespearean language, but would appeal to a modern day audience. This way, all of the magic of the 1595 comedy would still be there, but the modern English of today will enjoy it as much as anybody back then....   [tags: Papers]

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Comparing A Midsummer Night's Dream and Romeo and Juliet

- A Midsummer Night's Dream is, in a way, Romeo and Juliet turned inside out--a tragedy turned farcical. The tragedy both are based on is the story of "Pyramus and Thisbe." In one, Ovid's story is treated as a melodrama (in Romeo and Juliet) and in another, it is fodder for comedy (in A Midsummer Night's Dream). The tale of "Pyramus and Thisbe" is simply told in Book IV of Metamorphoses. The title characters are in love with one another, but they cannot be together because they are separated by a wall....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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A Comparison of A Midsummer Night's Dream and Romeo and Juliet

- Various parallels in Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night's Dream tend to support the theory  that the two plays are closely related. It is the purpose of this paper to show that wherever parallels exist, the relationship is probably from A Midsummer Night's Dream to Romeo and Juliet. A close analysis of the spirit of the two plays, and of the different attitudes towards love and life that they present, leads us to the conclusion that A Midsummer  Night's Dream is the natural reaction of Shakespeare's mind from Romeo and Juliet....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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The Theme of Love in A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

- The Theme of Love in A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare Love is defined as a strong affection, attachment, or devotion to a person or persons. Many people tend to think that if you are young , you cannot possibly be in love at thee same time. It is believed that especially when you are in your teenage year that you are too young to know whether or not you are really in love, but who can really say that they know the true meaning of love whether they are young or old. Despite all of this, there are still those people out there that believe in love at first sight and love being blind....   [tags: Papers]

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Critical Analysis of A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

- Critical Analysis of A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare William Shakespeare, born in 1594, is one of the greatest writers in literature. He dies in 1616 after completing many sonnets and plays. One of which is "A Midsummer Night’s Dream." They say that this play is the most purely romantic of Shakespeare’s comedies. The themes of the play are dreams and reality, love and magic. This extraordinary play is a play-with-in-a-play, which master writers only write successfully....   [tags: William Shakespeare Plays Literature Essays]

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The Character of Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

- The Character of Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare In this exercise there will be an in depth analysis of Bottom the weaver and to what extent his folly may morph into wisdom of various sorts. This exercise will attempt to describe how Bottom is both foolish and wise (wise in his foolishness and foolish in his wisdom). The exercise will also analyse the parody found within the texts spoken by Bottom and that of Corinthians and the possible implications it might have on the level of wisdom to which Bottom can be judged....   [tags: Papers]

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Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

- Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare Nick Bottom is a working class citizen of Athens. By day he is a weaver but as night falls he is an amateur actor. Bottom is part of an acting group with Flute, Quince, Snug, Starveling and Snout. Their role in the play is to perform an interlude before the Duke and Duchess on their wedding day. Bottom is one of the most important characters in the play because he is the only one who interacts with the three groups, the fairies, the court and the mechanicals....   [tags: Papers]

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The World Of The Fairies In A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

- The World Of The Fairies In A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare Mid summer nights dream is one of William Shakespeare earlier plays, it was written in the late fifteen hundreds. The title suggests that the play was set in the midsummer, on the shortest night of the year; it being on the shortest night of the year gives that mystical eeriness about the play. Within the play there are three worlds each having its own set of people. The three sets of characters within the play are, the nobles, the mechanicals and the fairies....   [tags: Papers]

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Different Relationships in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream

- Different Relationships in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream There are many relationships in the play but the most important are the lovers. We have Hero and Claudio, who show the innocence of love, and Beatrice and Benedick, who show a more cynical version. There are also the friendships, between Hero and Beatrice, and Don Pedro, Claudio and Benedick....   [tags: Free Essays]

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William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night’s Dream

- William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night’s Dream In Shakespeare’s play ‘A Mid – Summer Night’s Dream’, Shakespeare uses his characters to present “True Love” as a state of harmony and happiness between lovers. However, it is only at the very end of this Mid - Summer night each character must make their own journey through troubled happenings towards the fulfillment of their desires and the achievement of true happiness. Shakespeare makes clear in Puck’s final monologue that this fairytale of love’s complications is not to be taken seriously....   [tags: Papers]

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Fate and Love in A Midsummer Night's Dream

- Fate and Love in A Midsummer Night's Dream There are many instances in A Midsummer Night's Dream where love is coerced from or foisted upon unwilling persons. This romantic bondage comes from both man-made edicts and the other-worldly enchantment of love potions. Tinkering with the natural progression of love has consequences. These human and fairy-led machinations, which are brought to light under the pale, watery moon, are an affront to nature. Shakespeare knows that all must be restored to its place under fate's thumb when the party of dreamers awaken....   [tags: Midsummer Night's Dream]

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William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream

- William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream A Midsummer Night’s Dream could have easily been a light-hearted, whimsical comedy. Complete with a magic forest and a kingdom of fairies, it is an iconic setting for amorous escapades and scenes of lovers. But Shakespeare’s writing is never so shallow; through this romantic comedy, Shakespeare postulates an extremely cynical view of love. A Midsummer Night’s Dream becomes a commentary on the mystery of love, and lovers in general emerge shamed. Especially in the episodes among the four young Athenians, the lover is painted as a fickle creature, always changing his or her mind, and love as a passing phenomenon....   [tags: Shakespeare Midsummer Night's Dream Essays]

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William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream

- William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream can be considered an archetypal comedy due in large part to the ill-defined characters. Part of what makes this play work so well is that rather than becoming too invested in any one character’s hopes and fears or desires and struggles, the audience is simply rooting for things to work out well in general. If the audience became too attached to any one character, they might lose sight of the bigger picture in their concern over, for example, Demetrius remaining drugged at the end of the play, or the disturbing repercussions of Helena marrying a man who only a few acts earlier she had urged to “Use me b...   [tags: Shakespeare Midsummer Night Dream Essays]

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William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream

- Throughout history literature has changed into many different forms and styles, it has also stayed the same in many different ways, literary techniques and elements are key to a good piece of writing, a perfect example that shows us just this is in, A Midsummer Nights Dream, where we will further explore the different literary elements that were used most notably the plot. The plot of a story lays out the foundation and the background for the entire play to come, we'll compare and contrast this element and look at the different sub elements which are produced....   [tags: William Shakespeare Midsummer Night Dream]

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Love In A Midsummer Night’s Dream

- True love’s path is paved with every step. Through the assistance of fanciful elements as well as characters Puck and Oberon, the true message of love in William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is revealed. The four lovers know the direction in which their hearts are inclined to turn, but when the love potion is administered, the bounds of their rectangle are thrashed without knowledge or consent. The rapid shifts in affection between the play’s “four lovers” is representative of the idea that love isn’t a conscious choice, but a cruel game in which we are the figurines, being controlled by whomever the player may be, relating the characters’ karmic fates....   [tags: Love, Midsummer Night’s Dream, shakespeare, relati]

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The Pursuit of Love in Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream

- Webster’s Dictionary defines love as a feeling of strong attachment induced by that which delights or commands admiration; preeminent kindness or devotion to another; affection; tenderness; as, the love of brothers and sisters. By the end of Shakespeare’s play Midsummer Night’s Dream, it goes without saying that Webster’s Dictionary definition was able to hit this definition head on. Shakespeare is able to paint the perfect picture for this play mainly because he is one of the great masters of the English Language....   [tags: Midsummer Night’s Dream]

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Is Love the Solution or the Problem? A Midsummer Night’s Dream

- Is love a remedy to one’s sorrow or the unfortunate reason of their unhappiness. Love is a feeling that overtakes a person when they are around something or someone they admire. It is present everywhere, in every form, in every condition and even when one least expect its. Although love is said to bring happiness to a person’s life; in the play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, it led the characters into a world of confusion and misunderstanding. Love is chaotic, unpredictable, and leads to sorrow. It is a hard concept to compromise with and if there are any misunderstandings, it could lead to a complicated and difficult life....   [tags: Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare, love,]

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A Midsummer Night's Dream - Battle of the Sexes

- Imagine being a woman in sixteenth century Europe. Females were raised to believe that they were subservient and that men knew better on any subject. Basically, women had no rights. They were considered property, first “owned” by their fathers and then control was “transferred” to the husband chosen for them. Marriage was not about love, but in most cases, it was a business deal that was mutually beneficial to both families – an interesting fact is that like young women, most young men had no choice in the selection of their future betrothed....   [tags: Shakespeare plays]

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The Role of Monologue in A Midsummer Night's Dream

- Monologue in a midsummer night’s dream Monologue is an uninterrupted speech by a character in a drama, the use of monologue occurs when a person is speaking his or her thoughts aloud, directly referring to another character, or speaking to the audience. In the book a midsummer night’s dream monologue is used excessively because the writer (Shakespeare) intended for the characters to interact with the audience. Bottom has just woken up after having a strange “dream” and talking to himself he tries to think of whst his dream could mean but decides that no man should ever say such madness....   [tags: Shakespeare, literary analysis]

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A Midsummer Night's Dream as an Elizabethan Comedy

- A Midsummer Night's Dream as an Elizabethan Comedy "A Midsummer Night's Dream" could have turned out as a tragedy; it can be compared to Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet". Lysander and Hermia love each other but Egeus, Hermia's father, wants her to marry Demetrius. This means they have to disobey Egeus and escape Athenian law to be able to marry. These are comparable characteristics of "Romeo and Juliet", an Elizabethan tragedy. In "Romeo and Juliet", Romeo, a Montague, falls in love with Juliet, a Capulet, but there families do not allow them to marry....   [tags: Papers]

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Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

- Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare Midsummer Night’s Dream begins in the palace of Theseus, Duke of Athens. Theseus a mythical Greek hero is about to marry Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, a mythical race of women-warriors. Hermia’s father, Egeus, comes before the Duke to ask that she be punished by law for disobeying him. Hermia wants to marry Lysander and Egeus wants her to marry Demetrius. The law he asks to be invoked provides that she die or enter a nunnery if she doesn’t obey her father....   [tags: Papers]

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The Behaviour of Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream

- The Behaviour of Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' is a play where the line between dream and reality disappears. It's about how love is magical. The play was written around 1598 and would have been preformed in the Globe Theatre. It is a comedy, because like almost all of Shakespeare's comedies it ends in marriage. In the play we get introduced to a character named Puck. He is a fairy and a loyal servant to Oberon. I have chosen Puck because he is the pivotal character in this play....   [tags: Papers]

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Love in A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

- Love in A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare In midsummer night dream love is portrait in different ways . Many of the characters fall in and out of love with each other. The term lovers is used in the play to mean the four lovers Demetrius, Hermia, Helena and Lysander. They behave as individuals in the play, they also act as a group when they represent the theme of young love. There are different kinds of love in the play. One of the kinds of love which is not real love but many people mistake it as is infatuation or commonly known as lust....   [tags: Papers]

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Star-Crossed Lovers in Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream

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Analysis of A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

- Analysis of A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare A Midsummer Nights Dream is a play by William Shakespeare, and I believe is mainly summed up by this line from the play ‘The course of true love never did run smooth’ This is basically saying that being in love comes with many obstacles and dilemmas. In the play there is a dilemma at the beginning, this is where Egeus is going to visit Theseus, the ruler of Athens, with concern for his daughter and whom she wishes to marry....   [tags: Papers]

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Central Theme of Love in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream

- Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream central theme of love A common theme in literature is love. Love can take hold in an instant and can make you do things you never would have done otherwise. Love appears in several different ways in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Hermia and Lysander show true love, while Helena demonstrates unrequited love. Titania and Bottom presents us with magic love. In the play, love is also the cause of a few broken hearts. While there is no one common definition of love that suits all of the characters, the romantic relationship in the play all leans to one simple rule laid out by Lysander, “The course of true love never did run smooth.” True love is...   [tags: literary analysis, literary criticism]

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Mechanicals in A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

- Mechanicals in A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare The "mechanicals" consist of Peter Quince (a carpenter), Snug (a joiner), Nick Bottom (a weaver), Francis Flute (a bellows-mender), Tom Snout (a tinker) and Robin Starveling (a tailor). We first come across the "mechanicals" as they stumble into the woods to rehearse their play, for the Royal Wedding of Helena and Demetrius, and, Hermia and Lysander. This is when we realise that they are not very intelligent or well spoken, "You were best to call them generally." Bottom uses the wrong word, he means 'severally' or 'individually' instead of 'generally.' Shakespeare uses the "mechanicals" to provide...   [tags: Papers]

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A Midsummer’s Night Dream by William Shakespeare

- A Midsummer’s Night Dream by William Shakespeare A midsummer’s night dream is a romantic comedy play written by William Shakespeare. For this essay I am examining events that support Lysander’s quote; ‘The course of true love never did run smooth.’ This quote refers to the idea that when people are in love, there will be many problems they will have to face on their way, but true love will always stand the test of time.In Elizabethan times the type of love that would be desireable is shown by lysanders love for Hermia, such as gifts and love poems, equivilent to modern day would now be a text message or chocolates and roses In the opening of the play the audi...   [tags: Papers]

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Love in A Midsummer Night's Dream

- The Power of Love in A Midsummer Night's Dream Is love controlled by human beings who love one another or is love controlled by a higher power. There are many people who believe that a higher power has control over love. An example of a higher power would be a cupid, a flying angel-type creature who is supposed to shoot arrows at people to make them fall in love. There are other people who reject the idea that a higher power controls love and that the people who experience love can control it....   [tags: Midsummer Night's Dream]

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The Theme of Love in A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

- The Theme of Love in A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare   When love is in attendance it brings care, faith, affection and intimacy. This is proved true in the spectacular play A Midsummer Night's Dream written by William Shakespeare. This play displays the facts about lust, hatred, jealousy and their roles in something powerfully desirable. It is entitled love. Love is present everywhere, in every form, in every condition and even when one least expects it.         True love is like a precious black pearl, it is so rare that many believe it to be a myth, but Hermia and Lysander found true love according to the following excerpt said by Lysander from A Midsummer Night...   [tags: Midsummer Night's Dream Shakespeare]

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- Shakespeare's Sources for A Midsummer Night's Dream     A Midsummer Night's Dream is one of Shakespeare's most-performed plays: a delightful comedy, but full of enough potential tragedy to avoid becoming saccharine. Much of that tragic possibility comes from Shakespeare's sources, as he directly acknowledges in Act V. The entertainments Philostrate proposes, all stories taken from Ovid's Metamorphoses, show the unhappy endings all too likely to spring from tales like that of the four lovers of Shakespeare's play, or the strife-torn fairy rulers....   [tags: Midsummer Night's Dream]

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- Love in William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream      Love is a very inaccurate word,  as it can be used in many different ways.  It can be used to describe an object which one particularly likes,  or to describe ones feelings towards a person.  However it does not rest at just these two points.  Love for someone can be in a material sense (sexual),  or in a more moral sense for example.          Some of the various aspects of love are mentioned In William Shakespeare's,  Midsummer Night's Dream.  Here we are presented with the various characters,  and their conflicts,  which all have something to do with love....   [tags: Midsummer Night's Dream]

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Conflict with Authority in A Midsummer Night’s Dream

- Conflict with Authority in A Midsummer Night’s Dream Throughout A Midsummer Night’s Dream the theme of conflict with authority is apparent and is the cause of the problems that befall the characters. It also is used to set the mood of the play. The passage below spoken by Theseus in the opening of the play clearly states this theme. Be advised fair maid. To you your father should be as god- One that composed your beauties, yea, and one To whom you are but as a form in wax By him imprinted, and within his power To leave the figure or disfigure it - A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1.1.46-51) The first example of conflict with authority in the play is the premiere example and sets up the con...   [tags: Midsummer Night's Dream]

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream Essay: The Character of Bottom

- The Character of Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream The character of Bottom in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is frequently foolish, but he is not a fool. His exuberance and energy are allied to practicality and resourcefulness, with an alarming lack of self-consciousness. He, at any rate, is not at all tongue-tied before the duke, as Theseus has known others to be. We do laugh at Bottom in many situations, but should note that these are situations in which any man might seem ridiculous: amateur theatricals are almost a byword for unintended comedy, whether in planning (1.2) rehearsal (3.1) or performance (5.1); any artisan afflicted with an ass's head and appetites, and beloved...   [tags: Midsummer Night's Dream]

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A Midsummer Night 's Dream : Analysis

- ... At this point in the play, the two exit the stage, proving that their ability to rekindle their love relationship would have happened with or without the Indian boy. With no backstory of the Indian boy present in the play A Midsummer Night’s Dream and no motive given for Oberon’s desire for the boy, the play could easily have been written without the Indian boy. In the book, Changelings: Children 's Stories Lost and Found, the authors argue that in many folktales, fairies exchange weak fairies for strong humans for personal gain....   [tags: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Fairy, Puck, Titania]

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Use of Puck to Explore Love in A Midsummer Night's Dream

- Love is a timeless topic. It will forever be the theme of popular entertainment and source of confusion for men and women alike. No one understands this better than William Shakespeare, and he frequently explores this complex emotion in his plays. In "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" Shakespeare cleverly reveals the fickle and inebriating aspects of love through his mischievous character Puck. Though Puck adds much humor to the play while tormenting and drugging the lovers in the forest, he also acts as a catalyst in redirecting their devotions among one-another, thus demonstrating the fickle nature of love....   [tags: A Midsummer Night's Dream, William Shakespeare]

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Hyperbole and Illusion In A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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William Shakespeare 's A Midsummer Night 's Dream

- ... Shakespeare makes it clear to us what he thinks about Theseus and Egeus. Even a true love is hindered by family disapproval. So, Hermia and Lysander decide to run away. Although it is unclear in the play if this act is rational, the lovers take action and run away from irrational minds. They meet in the forest, and here, the actions of the supernatural beings cause chaos. Throughout the play, the love triangles created by the lovers fluctuate from intervention from the fairies and puck. From Lysander and Demetrius loving Hermia together and Helena loving Demetrius to being shifted to Helena, and then both the male lover’s infatuation with Helena, who rejects their love, and then to harmo...   [tags: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Puck, Love]

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William Shakespeare 's A Midsummer Night 's Dream

- ... When trying to have the Duke force Hermia to marry Demetrius, Egeus says that Lysander put a spell on his daughter, that he used magic to get to her heart, this is similar to what Brabanzio says in Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello. Brabanzio who is the father of Desdemona, claims that Othello got his daughter to run away and marry him with spells and potions since it would be impossible for her to marry this man out of her own free will. Parents in Shakespeare plays seem to believe that if their daughters are not following their rules it means they are under some magical influence that they are unable to control....   [tags: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Marriage, Family]

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Kevin Kline's Movie A Midsummer Night's Dream

- Kevin Kline's Movie A Midsummer Night's Dream Theatre students are often told what not to prepare for an audition because some pieces have been done so many times they lose their meaning. Of Shakespeare’s entire canon, the two most often forbidden texts are Puck and Helena monologues from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Therefore, the two roles are often the most sought-after and coveted in the play when in production. However, in the 1999 film version, Kevin Kline as Bottom gets top billing. According to the rules of Elizabethan hierarchy, Bottom, being of the merchant class, is literally at the “bottom” of the social spectrum....   [tags: Kevin Kiline Midsummer Night's Dream Essays]

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A Midsummer Night 's Dream By William Shakespeare

- ... Through Puck’s characterization, that analytic is further developed. He is described as a “shrewd and knavish sprite” (2.1.33) and to have a “likeness of a filly foal” (2.1.46). He attends to the demands of Oberon, his king, with enthusiasm and joy as he promises to “put a girdle round about the earth/in forty minutes” (2.1.175) and help Oberon trick Titania. He displays no moral ambiguity or reserve when asked to beguile multiple people with various spells and potions. Puck revels in the chaos caused by his actions; he is the most powerful force of nature for those moments....   [tags: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Love, Fairy, Titania]

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- ... All parents want their child to end up with a person who is finically stable and mature, but young teens “in love” hear nothing but their own hearts causing parents to become frustrated and angry at their child. Another situation that a different type of audience can relate to is the situation of “rejection” as shown through Helena getting constantly rejected by Demetrius. As Helena gets constantly turned down, she perseveres and shows the stronger side of humanity that Shakespeare wants audiences’ to relate towards, to show that human emotions are more powerful than audiences think, even if the character comes off as “stubborn”....   [tags: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Love]

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- ... He also puts it in Titania 's eyes as well. The climax arises when Puck unwittingly adds the drops of the potion onto Lysander’s eyes, instead of Demetrius. This makes Lysander fall in love with Helena, though he truly does not love her. Demetrius falls in love with her aswell. This confuses Helena even more, because both Lysander and Demetrius did not care for her before. She believes they are playing a joke and only ridiculing her. Helena and Hermia get into an argument, because she thinks that Helena stole Lysander from her....   [tags: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Love, Puck, Marriage]

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A Mockery of A Midsummer Night's Dream

- A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the title brings to mind the warmth of summer and sweet, pleasant dreams. The play however has little to do with warm summer nights and happy dreams. Instead the play repeatedly pokes fun at the unfortunate situations in which the character find themselves. As one literary analyst puts it: “The plot action emphasizes their helplessness in the hands of forces beyond their control” (Dunn 19). A variety of characters find themselves the victim in this story. First there are the queens, Hippolyta, forced into marriage to the man who defeated her, and Titania who is forced to adore an ass-headed man and give up her child....   [tags: Play Analysis, Shakespeare, Literature]

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- A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of the most unforgettable plays about love written by William Shakespeare. The play includes the four main characters: Lysander, Hermia, Demetrius, and Helena. Lysander and Demetrius, who fight for Hermia’s love, have anointed by Oberon, fairy king, and his servant, Puck, with a love-juice. This juice causes the four lovers to fall in or out of love with each other. Without knowing that their actions are controlled by the potion, the lovers are ironically convinced that they fall in love because of essential "reasons"....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature ]

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

- In A Midsummer Night's Dream, one of the masterpieces of William Shakespeare, Shakespeare explores various aspects of love and friendship. With the help of the main characters such as Lysander, Demetrious Helena and Hermia, he endeavors that the path of love is full of obstacles, however, if one is committed and faithful, he/she can defy those obstacles leading him/her to success. As Lysander says “The course of true love never did run smooth”, the love stories presented in the play undergo difficult situations but eventually the genuine love is recognized by the triumph of the true loves....   [tags: William Shakespeare masterpieces]

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The Plots of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

- The Plots of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream There are four main plots in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. They're all carefully woven together and there are many characters involved. The first plot involves four young lovers trying to work out their love for each other. The second plot is about a wedding between the Duke of Athens and the Queen of the Amazons. Interspersed with these two plots is another involving some local town peasants who are rehearsing a play for the Duke’s wedding, but get interrupted when one of the actors gets transformed and a fairy queen falls in love with him, which is part of the final plot....   [tags: William Shakespeare Midsumer Dream Essays]

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A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

- William Shakespeare would often use his literary works to make statements on social problems at the time. A Midsummer Night's Dream points out the problem between men and women by portraying many relationships, daughter and father, husband and wife, in which the man tries to impose his will upon the woman. Shakespeare chose to use an interesting outlook in A Midsummer Night's Dream, showing a play within a play to portray different endings to similar conflicts between father and daughter, one tragic, one gay....   [tags: men, women, power]

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Supernatural Powers in A Midsummer Night's Dream

- Out of all of his thirty-eight plays he wrote between the years 1589 and 1613, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is believed to be one of his only works to be so diverse in genre. This play is considered a comedy, with a fantastical twist, making it one of a kind, yet not generally accepted in the time of its publication (Midsummer 34). By integrating supernatural beings and the use of their powers into the piece, Shakespeare adds a feeling of whim and fantasy that none of his other works exude. In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, William Shakespeare includes the use of supernatural powers in every act and scene to change the way the audience perceives the play....   [tags: Shakespeare plays]

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A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

- Although the script is said to have been written between years of 1590 and 1596, on January 1st, 1605, William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” made it’s first performance debut. The theatre during these times were significantly different from what we know theatre as we know today. Today New York City is known as the mecca of theatre plays, where individuals gather to view these performances as a stamp of social status, or simply because they are in love with them arts. With the expansion of the arts, especially in theatre it is hard to believe that in the dawn of movement it wasn’t excepted by many individuals....   [tags: theater, love, order]

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Plot Construction of a Midsummer Night's Dream

- Shakespeare was one of the greatest dramatists of English literature. His dramas are universally known and popular. He wrote comedies and tragedies with a great success. Particularly, his comedies like As You Like It, A Midsummer Night Dream are very popular. His comedies provoke mirth and laughter and present sunnier aspects of life. The laughter of his comedies comes from characters and their actions. He took more interest in characters than plots yet his plots are woven properly. His comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream was written in his youth days....   [tags: European Literature]

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A Midsummer Night's Dream - A Feminist Perspective

- A Feminist Perspective of A Midsummer Night's Dream        At age fifteen, my hormones went wild and I threw myself at every boy in the neighborhood.  Although I didn’t go all the way, I offered as much flesh as I dared. If the suburbs can create such sexual angst, imagine the lust stirred by moonlight, fairies, and a warm midsummer night. In  Shakespeare's comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream, Helena represents the frenzy of young love when fueled by rejection and driven to masochistic extremes....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]

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William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream

- In William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummers Night’s Dream,” the moon plays a very significant role throughout the entire play. It is a symbol that is linked to many things that take place over the course of they play, and seems to help bring about the comedic behavior that fills the majority of it. The moon also elicits the notion of dreaming which plays a very significant role in the play also. If anyone knows anything about our solar system, then the references to moons may be caught early on. Three of the characters names; Oberon, Titania, and Puck all happen to be the names of three of the planet Uranus’ moons (NASA)....   [tags: moon, desire, mischief ]

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William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream

- Humanity has struggled with the enormity of fate since the beginning of existence. Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth demonstrate fate’s wicked nature where its collision with mortals results in absolute tragedy. However, in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, fate assumes a lighter identity, a stark contrast to fate’s usually ugly face. This new role also demonstrates a new relationship between man and fate. Shakespeare’s use of dramatic irony illustrates the parallel between the mortal and immortal worlds to present the grave concept of fate in an unthreatening manner, thus enabling man to comprehend the inexplicable....   [tags: Play Analysis, Reality and Fate, Comedy]

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