Midsummer Nights Dream

Topics: Love / Pages: 10 (2477 words) / Published: Jul 13th, 2013
Why and how does shakespeare use the genre of comedy to explain the theme of love in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream“ ?

The comedy play “ A Midsummer Night’s Dream“ , written by William Shakespeare tells the adventures of four athenian young lovers and a group of six amateur actors surrounding the mariage of Theseus, the Duke of Athens and Hippolyta, the Queen of Amazons. The lovers and actors are controlled by the fairies as they enter the forest, where most of the play is set in. The fairies don’t only control the athenians but also get involved in their love life and try to help them out in their own magical way, only to see that they cause more chaos between them that was there before.

I think that Shakespeare chose the genre of comedy wisely as he can explore and describe the theme of love and the whole play the best this way. Also love in itself has, if we take a closer look at the theme, a lot of comedic factors in it. It might not be shown to ourselves when we are in love but surely we can say that people, who are in love or who are infatuated with someone else, are capable of doing various foolish things and make therefore an “ass“ out of themselves.

By making his work a comedy play he also gets instantly the rights and the license to make fun of the human beings and explore the theme of love without anyone taking him too serious or feel offended by his play, as the play is meant to be comedic, where caricatures are often used to show the foolishness of human beings or people in paerticular.

There are 4 different major Love types, brought to us by the ancient greek. All 4 types stand for a different kind of love, whether it is the love we usually think of when we hear the word love or the kind of love parents have for their children.

Agapé (ἀγάπη): This kind of love stands for the love a young boy might have for a young girl. It is the love we automatically think of when someone mentiones “loving someone”. It is also described as the “romantic

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