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'A Midsummer Nights Dream' - review

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The point of this essay is to determine the style and use of humour in William Shakespeare's, 'A Midsummer Nights Dream.' Written around 1595, Shakespeare blended this story from a variety of sources and issues of the time. The play consists of 4 groups of characters: Theseus of Athens and his bride Hippolyta, queen of the Amazons; the fairy king and queen, Oberon and Titania; two pairs of young lovers who run to a nearby forest; and a company of Athenian working men headed by Nick Bottom, the weaver, who all enter the same forest as the lovers to rehearse a play they intend to perform for Theseus and the nobles. The humour of the play begins with a spell cast by Puck, Oberon's mischievous servant, which causes confusion of love between the lovers: Demetrius, Helena, Hermia and Lysander. But Puck also uses the potion on Titania, the beautiful and cultured Fairy Queen so that she falls in love with the oafish and clumsy Bottom who coincidentally takes on the physical appearance of a donkey. ...read more.


and Pyramus (played by Bottom) whisper their love through a chink in a wall (played by Snout). They vow to meet at Ninny's tomb, but a lion (played by Snug) attacks Thisby. Pyramus arrives and finds her scarf, assumes she's dead, and kills himself Thisby arrives to find him dead, and kills herself. Theseus is patient with the workmen complimenting the performance when he can. This good leadership and respect is known as a tribute from Shakespeare to Queen Elizabeth I who was known for touring the country and watching many plays by locals no-matter how poor the performance. This isn't the only referral to the Elizabethan era. Titania, Oberon, Puck, and the attendant fairies all affect the human beings in the woods, and provide glimpses into the fairy realm. Although Shakespeare applies several important aspects of the Elizabethan belief in fairies to A Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare alters the conception of fairies not only within the context of the play, but for all time. So what can of humour can be classed for 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' by Will Shakespeare? ...read more.


It makes no sense, but it is funny. That is what Shakespeare intended. In "A Midsummer Night's Dream," there is a lot of humour in it, which creates a good play and a good comedy. He was obviously a master at his work, which is prominent in this play. Humour is the largest reason for the success of this play; the careful mix of all types of humour make this play a refreshing mixture of tragedy and comedy. The videos that we saw, I felt, poorly depicted the play, mainly because I personally did not find the play funny but also because the actions that some of the actors used were poor even if the speech was spot on. The reason I, and many others in the class, didn't find the play funny was because humour has come a long way since the 16th and 17th centuries with different styles and functions used for humour, and I felt that more modern jokes are funnier than the play, however in saying that I admired the content and communication between the characters and found the different array of characters entertaining. And the collision of the world of reality and make-believe. ...read more.

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