A Midsummer Night’s Dream Novel Contrast
A Midsummer Night’s Dream was published by William Shakespeare in 1600 and it is still being read today. Shakespeare has a way with his humor where his jokes still seem to make sense and make us laugh today. The jokes that Shakespeare uses, not many people can understand, I think it is better when the audience sees those jokes played out in the movie because it adds to the humor and understanding of the play in the movie. In 1999, Michael Hoffman directed one of many of the cinematic adaptation of this play also called “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. Comparatively, Hoffman rewrote the Shakespeare play into a modern context where it was still the same play but in more of a 20th century setting. Watching “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” from the movie’s point of view and not just the play can help the audience get more of a clear picture of the things that did not make sense in the play before. In the play, had a variety of characters which made this comedy interesting and original. Reading the play in its entirety is hard to comprehend right away, but watching what you read explains much more. The main lovers in the play are Hermia, Lysander, Demetrius, and Helena. This is just a big mess because you have Hermia who refuses to follow her father’s orders to marry the man he has chosen for her named Demetrius. There is a conflict of interest because her father wants her to marry Demetrius but she is in love with other man named Lysander. Hermia’s father goes to the Duke of Athens Theseus where there by watching the movie the audience can help distinguish what kind of characters they are because being able to see it makes a clear picture. In Act 1 Scene 1 for example, Theseus has a speech in which he describes consequences for Hermia’s actions of her disobeying her father orders of marriage. When you are reading it, you don’t know if Theseus is a harsh quick-tempered judge or a nice, mellow patient person. Theseus in...
Shakespeare, William. A Midsummer Night’s Dream .Melbourne: Cambridge University Press, 1600, 1979.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream.Dir.Michael Hoffman. Rupert Everett, Calista Flockhart, Kevin Kline, Michelle Pfeiffer, Stanley Tucci.Fox SearchLight Pictures,1999.
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