‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a light hearted comedy of errors with the ‘rude mechanicals’ literally playing their parts’: why is their performance of Pyramus and Thisbe in Act 5 integral to the comedic conventions of the play?
The performance of Pyramus and Thisbe by the rude mechanicals is integral to the comedic conventions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream because for two reasons; it shows the separation of the classes in the Elizabethan society and by allowing the ‘rude mechanicals’ to take up roles of higher class people, within the Pyramus and Thisbe play, Shakespeare creates comedy by making them to look like clowns because of their lack of education and understanding; and the performance highlights the possible outcomes of A Midsummer Night's Dream and reminds the audience of how unrealistic the events are - it is a comedic sense of relief. The rude mechanicals are included in A Midsummer Night’s Dream mostly to serve a comedic purpose and make fools of themselves.
William Shakespeare has purposely chosen to have the ‘rude mechanicals’ perform Pyramus and Thisbe within his play of A Midsummer Night’s Dream for a comedic effect as they are characters which both a modern day audience and an Elizabethan audience would laugh at rather than laugh with. Their main purpose is to create a comedic effect; the basis of their comedy comes from their surface behaviours it's very much physical comedy. It can be argued that Shakespeare is mocking his own profession through choosing the mechanicals to perform Pyramus and Thisbe. Shakespeare makes a mockery of the lower class Elizabethans, in a light-hearted way, through the use of the ‘rude mechanicals’. He portrays the ‘working class commoners’ as clowns through the use of malapropism and just generally folly acts; particularly the character of Bottom. In Act 5 scene 1 – the performance of Pyramus and Thisbe – Bottom messes up his lines saying ‘hear my Thisbe’s face’. This malapropism represents the presumption of...
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