A Midsummers Nights Dream

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English 12
December 10, 2012

Midsummer-night’s Dream Short Essay
A Midsummers Night’s Dream was written by William Shakespeare. In this play, one of the main themes is love. You see the idea that love will ultimately triumph over all. You also see that love is out of balance at times but the use of magic, dreams, and imagination plays an impact on this. This play “shows itself, indeed, an accomplished masterpiece in its development of a somewhat frivolous plot and in its treatment of the fairy machinery and the bourgeois types. The handling of the romantic figures remains, however, vague and hazy, the most notable advance appearing in the superior distinctness of the pair of heroines when contrasted with those in [TTGoV] and the ability to portray in Theseus a convincingly noble gentleman.”

“The cardinal feature of the romantic comedy is precisely this interweaving of diverse moods and surroundings, where princes meet with clowns, and fairies with artisans, added to the presentation of a rural love, usually spiritual in essence.” In the first scene Lysander tells Hermia, that, “The course of true love never did run smooth.” By this quote, it is already able to be seen that the journey of their love, in this play, will have many difficulties. Throughout this play the characters must struggle for their true love. Lysander and Hermia are great examples of this. Hermia is in love with Lysander despite the Athenian rules, she is promised to someone else but refuses to marry them. For Helena, the more she loves Demetrius the more he hates her. In these two short examples you are able to see how the characters must really pursue the one they truly love.

“These romantic comedies seem to take place in a realm of dreams and twilight, ere dawn comes to move us once more back to reality.” Whenever it is nighttime you see a stronger influence of the dreamlike state. Once it becomes daytime it’s back to reality. This fairy kingdom is a dream. The fairies never think...
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