How does Shakespeare create a world of magic in A Midsummer Night’s Dream?
Shakespeare uses magic to emphasise the almost supernatural power of love and to create a surreal world. Shakespeare illustrates the power of magic by showings its power and affects towards love. He makes love supernatural with the use of the love potion. The love potion is produced from Cupid’s arrows. Cupid is a magic creature created by ancient Latin mythology. The fact that Puck was sent around the world in just 40 minutes reminds the reader of the way the magical world interacts with the human world. It also emphasise the point of how important this love potion was to Oberon. Oberon and Titania causes a lot of damage to the human world through there quarrels. Because of their quarrels the earth is hit with floods. Shakespeare shows this by making the point htat the farmers are suffering from theses floods ‘labouring in the fields in vain.’ He also tells that the farmers work so hard to try and grow something but there work is ruined by Oberon and Titania’s quarrel. The second mention towards the human world is regarding the Indian King chid that was supposedly stolen from an Indian King. Shakespeare describes the child as a ‘changeling.’ A changeling child is a word for a child that fairies steal from humans.’ The use that magic is put to in this play is both chaotic and humorous. Firstly Puck mistakenly applies the love potion to Lysander’s eyelids which of course relates to love. Then Puck reshapes Bottom’s head into that of an ass. The can be seen as both funny and mean.
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