A Midsummer Nights Dream is romantic comedy which take place in Athens. It is written by William Shakespeare in the 1590s. It is about inlove young people , their dreams and fairies that play extraordinary game with them.
In this essay I claim that A Midsummer Nights Dream is comedy. One of the signs of Shakespearean comedy is a struggle of young lovers to overcome the difficulty that is presented by elders. When Hermia does not subserve an order. „Theseus: You must promise to live away from the world of men, in place of religion for the rest of your life. If cannot promise that, you will have to die. Think about it,Hermia. Is it right for a beautiful girl like you to spend all her life alone in cold, empty rooms? Hermia: I would prefer to do that than to marry Demetrius.“ ( Act 1 Lovers and Actors Scene 1 ) „Lysander: A long way from Athens, I have an aunt who has no husband or children. She thinks of me as her only son. We can marry there, because the law of Athens cannot reach us. If you love me, run away from your fathers house tomorrow night.“ ( Act 1 Lovers and Actors Scene 1 )
There are heightened tensions within a family in comedy. When Hermia wanted to marry Lysander,but her father choose her a Demetrius.„Egeus: I have a problem with my daughter, Hermia.( pointing to Demetrius ) This man has my permission to marry her. But ( pointing to Lysander ) this is the man that she loves! ( turning to Lysander ) Yes, you, Lysander! You have given my daughter gifts, sung at her window by moonlight, and now you have stolen her heart! You have turned her against me, her own father. ( turning to Theseus ) She is mine. I have the power to choose a husband for her. And I have choosen Demetrius. But if she refuses to listen to me, I can also send her to her death.“ ( Act 1 Lovers and Actors Scene 1 )
Puns are used frequently there. When Puck is making fun of trouble that he caused. „Puck (laughing): Then there will be two men in...