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A comparative essay of William Shakespeare's 'A midsummer Nights dream' and L. Frank Baum's 'The Wizard Of Oz'

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Cheryl Underhill 11G 30th November 2004 A comparative essay of William Shakespeare's 'A midsummer Nights dream' and L. Frank Baum's 'The Wizard Of Oz' L. Frank Baum is the author of one of the most magical fairy tales ever brought to our screens. A series of books were written and in 1939 created into a film. It was a masterpiece that was to be one of the biggest films ever made, enjoyed by children and adults all over the world. There are many reasons why this film has the element of magic, one of the reasons I found when researching was that this film did not only have one director, but several, Victor Fleming was the main director but for personal reasons other directors were bought in, Richard Thorpe and King Vidor. With the three imaginations of these geniuses a classic was born. The story of 'The Wizard Of Oz' is a story of a young girl whose imagination creates a world 'Somewhere over the Rainbow.' Choosing to take L. Franks Baum's ideas and do the Wizard of Oz for out Children's theater was an easy choice as all of us had grown up watching the film and singing the songs. ...read more.

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In The Wizard of Oz it is done through the characters singing, in A Midsummer Night's dream its done through mystical music, we had each character singing, as a way of introducing ourselves to the children; after all not EVERYONE has seen the play before, this was a hard assumption to live by, as everyone seems to know the theme of The Wizard of Oz, a little girl dreams up a fantasy world, where dreams really do come true; never the less, it was an assumption that had to be made. I played the part of the Cowardly Lion in our production of the Wizard of Oz, I found that there wasn't just one character from A Midsummer Night's Dream that I felt related to the Lion in some way, but rather several, the Lion seemed to display part of each character. The character that I would compare him to mostly however would be puck. Puck us Oberon's fairy and although he plays tricks on people and sometimes seems quite heroic, he is scared of his Master, and does what ever he is told. ...read more.

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I used this reaction and only lines such as, 'Tell me when It's over' I put my paws over my eyes and shook, the kids didn't know whether to laugh or feel sorry for the Lion, two emotions that the film its self conjures up. There is a main theme that connects a play that was written during a time of war and killing and a play that was written over 400 hundred years ago, dreams. Things have changed, year after year, since The Wizard Of Oz was made into a movie things have dramatically changed but one thing that remains, is that we all dream, no matter how old, young, childish or mature we are. Our imaginations are let lose as we are sleeping, this is why everyone can identify in someway between a midsummer nights dream and The wizard of oz. Another common theme comes at the end of both plays, was it a dream or was it a reality? A question that is never answered in either plays, this gives children a chance to make up there own minds, leaving the stories with them for years. ...read more.

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