• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

A Midsummer Night's Dream - Discuss the comic techniques used in Act 5 Scene 1.

Extracts from this document...


A Midsummer Night's Dream Discuss the comic techniques used in Act 5 Scene 1 This scene is the last of the play but by this time the actual plot is finished. This scene is an extra part added on to make the play more humorous. It is also the only scene with all the characters in it. They are all drawn together in one place. Shakespeare did this to make sure the ending is happy and humorous. It also shows the audience that everything turns out alright in the end. It would look strange on stage as Shakespeare is mimicking his own audience. It is a play within a play. This is how the theatre may have look: The people in purple would have been the actors on the stage and the people in red would have been the audience. The 'rich People' would have been the people who paid extra to sit actually on the stage with the actors. In the play, this is The Lovers; Theseus and Hippolyta, Demetrius and Helena, and Lysander and Hermia. They would have been close to the actors (The Mechanicals), and they would have jeered, shouted and made witty comments to interrupt the play. In Shakespeare's time, this would have been normal as the audiences where allowed to shout things out to the actors. ...read more.


'Ninny's Tomb' is more amusing and adds comedy to the scene as a Ninny is slang word for and idiot. There are other literary effect that makes the prologue sound funny. One is exaggerated alliteration. This is used quite frequently in the play. 'Whereat, with blade, with bloody, blameful blade, He bravely broach'd his boiling bloody breast' It is inappropriate and over-exaggerated. Alliteration is also over-used later on in the play by Pyramus: '...gracious, golden, glittering, gleam' When Pyramus says this, he is supposed to be thanking the moon for shining, but he is also about to discover Thisbe's clothes with blood on them. This part of the play should have been quite serious, but, the alliteration is out of place and just makes it sound humorous. The actor would probably have had trouble saying it as it is such a tongue twister. This would make it sound even funnier. There are other times in the play where inappropriate language is used by Pyramus and Thisbe. When Pyramus finds part of Thisbe's clothes, and when Thisbe finds Pyramus dead, they both make mistakes in their speeches. Pyramus calls Thisbe a 'dainty duck', which is hardly flattering. He then carries on with his dying speech. It is completely over the top and too dramatic. ...read more.


When they have a man playing the wall, it makes a speech saying that he is a wall. This blurs the lines between reality and illusion, once again. The main play is a mixture of reality, magic, dreams and illusion. This is emphasized in the play as the play is not actually real, it is an act put on for entertainment. The title of the play, A Midsummer Night's Dream, is saying that what happened in the woods was a dream, but it wasn't, it was fairies working magic and playing with the humans. Shakespeare also uses inversion. He dresses a man as a woman, again confusing reality and fantasy, but also making it humorous, like a pantomime dame. A modern director would have more opportunities than a director in Shakespeare's time. Shakespeare's theatre only had one entrance to the stage, limited props and scenery and the audience would have been right in the actor's faces, making it impossible to cover up mistakes. The director would have to make sure that the play went perfectly as the audience were not afraid to shout out if they didn't like something. A modern director also has the choice about what time period to set it in, whereas a Shakespearean director would not have this option. Shakespeare was deliberately mimicking his own audience but the modern audiences are not set out in the same way so it may not have the same effect. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Plays section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Plays essays

  1. How does Goldsmith introduce us to comic situations in Act 1 of 'She Stoops ...

    also implies that there is something of a residing childish nature within Tony. A list of Tony's pranks are then reeled off by Mr. Hardcastle, and these are comedic (which is amplified by his disapproval of them), 'If burning the footmen's shoes, frightening the maids, and worrying the kittens be humour, he has it.

  2. Read Act 1 of Kindertransport page 3 to page 6 Discuss the effects ...

    By beginning the play with "Ratcatcher music", the audience is immediately manipulated into feeling ominous through the dark, sinister atmosphere. Through the method of utilizing an infamous story tale so well known for its narrative of leading children away from their parents, we are ultimately given a warning of what this play is about.

  1. How far does Act 1 of "The Crucible" prepare the audience for the drama ...

    At the end of the play you feel that much injustice has been done. The play acts out a very distressing period in history in a more poetic and emotional way. It reveals important issues at the time such as the belief in witchcraft, the dealings of Satan and how important Christianity was.

  2. Public Speaking - Part 1

    way to organise the content of a speech from the beginning to the end. Public Speaking and Communication 1. Personal opinion on Public Speaking. Suggested answers: Public speaking means giving a speech to a group of people on a special occasion like Teacher's Day, opening ceremony of an event, graduation.

  1. What techniques does Luhrmann use to make the prologue and opening fight scene of ...

    It shows that have money to be able to buy a car and it also represents a modern place to meet and show of their 'prize precessions' (their cars). The detail is what mainly turns an Elizabethan play, into a 20th Century film for a modern audience.

  2. The stimulus we were given to look at was the play 'Too Much Punch ...

    We finished the story by all turning serious and saying how they died. We then gave some facts and statistics about drink driving at the end. I think this was a good idea for the advert because the bigger the contrast, the bigger the impact and the more likely it is for the message to get across.

  1. A Midsummer Night's Dream - Look at the presentation of the play within the ...

    Snug the Joiner who says, "I am slow of study" but is told that the lion need only roar. Eventually Snug does learn a few lines. Tom Snout the Tinker is simple minded and so is put to play as the wall.

  2. Six Characters in Search of an Author by Luigi Pirandello, Act One, Scene One, ...

    I am accompanied by a soundtrack (?Use Somebody? cover by Friendly Fires) as I stumble onto the stage, on the cue ?I?ve been roaming around,? this is fitting as it describes the Fathers long troubling journey coming to, what he thinks, an end in which he could ?use somebody?.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work