Study Notes for Midsummer Nights Dream

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)Consider the title of the play A Midsummer Nights Dream.
a)say how a dream like quality is created in the play by means of (i)setting (6mks)
(ii)character (6mks)
(iii)plot (7mks)

b)Say how 2 of the following are changed by their night of dreaming in the magic world: (i)Bottom (3mks)
(ii) Demetrius (3mks)
(iii) Titania (3mks)
The scene in Act V clearly echoes Shakespeare’s idea of love, presented in multiple parts of the play. Perhaps the greatest example of the dream-like qualities of love emerges in the awakening of Titania to Bottom, with whom she immediately falls in love. For Titania, real life becomes a dream. Upon first observing Bottom, even in his transformed shape, she exclaims, “Mine ear is much enamoured of thy note; / So is mine eye enthrallèd to thy shape; And thy fair virtue’s force perforce doth move me / On the first view to say, to swear, I love thee” (3.1.122-125). Titania’s language emerges as flowing and poetic; she ends in a sing-song rhyming couplet, supplicating her lover. Shakespeare emphasizes the poetic qualities of the language of love; he additionally exaggerates the dream-like nature of love in Titania’s awakening and immediate falling in love. Even Bottom initially doubts her instantaneous love, but eventually admits that “reason and love keep little company together nowadays” (3.1.127-128). Bottom upholds that reason and love cannot exist together. Theseus’ world of reason and facts cannot coexist with the dreamlike and poetic world of love in the woods. Indeed, his love life emerges as entirely devoid of any of the truly romantic or dreamy qualities of love. Throughout the play, Shakespeare portrays how the experience of love often seems like a dreamlike experience and cannot be proven, as Theseus would like, with facts and rational arguments. For instance, the relationship between Hermia and Lysander seems quite romantic at the beginning of the play, as the young lovers escape to the woods to elope in secret....
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