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How does Shakespeare create the magical world of the fairies in a Midsummer Nights Dream?

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Page 1 How does Shakespeare create the magical world of the fairies in a Midsummer Nights Dream? I feel that the fairies are the very heart of a Midsummer Nights Dream. It is because of fairy magic that we can call some of the action a dream. Nearly everything revolves around them such as nature, humans, emotions, settings, life, death and the weather. Most of the things that happen in the play have some relation to the fairies. All the magic and fantasy that takes place mostly in the middle section of the play comes from deep in the forest, which is the fairies home. Just imagine if fairies really did have magical powers, everyone would love to have them, you could do whatever you wanted with them for example cause mischief, which is what a lot of the play is about. The fairies are responsible for all of the mischief and fun that takes place. The language they speak is very poetical; and harmonious, some of the best poetry spoken in the play is spoken by the fairies. The fairies are a big part of the natural world, especially the forest. This is where they live. The fairies do the work of the forest. ...read more.

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But all of this does backfire and problems do arise whether the fairies mean to cause mischief or not is really a matter of opinion but Puck causes a lot of mischief in the play. He cause four lovers to change their feelings for one another by mistake but then turns it into a game or sport. His master Oberon makes his Queen Titania fall in love with a human with an Asses head. This is pure mischief and just wants to watch his Queen make a fool out of herself, while he does it for his enjoyment. There are four main groups of characters in the play: There's the Court, which consists of Hippolyta, who is the queen of the amazons and Theseus's Fianc´┐Ż who is the duke of Athens, Egeus who is the father of Hermia and Philostrate who doesn't have a main role in the play but he is the master of the Revels to the Athenian Court. Then there are the lovers Hermia, Helena, Lysander and Demetrius. To start off with Hermia and Lysander are in love, Helena is in love with Demetrius and Demetrius is Egeus's choice of husband for Hermia. ...read more.

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Also, Oberon puts the juice into Titania's eyes which makes her fall in love with Bottom; a mechanical with an asses head. Puck has the power to change someone's personal image, for example Bottoms who he replaced his head with an asses. Puck also says: " I'll put a girdle round the earth In forty minutes" - Line 175 Act 2 scene 1. Titania also has supernatural powers, but also powers over the fairies. In act 3 scene 1 she promises Bottom that if he stayed with her she would give her fairies to him to look after him. " I'll give thee fairies to attend on thee, And they shall fetch thee jewels from the deep And sing, while thou on pressed flowers doth sleep". At the end of the play the fairies use their powers to bless the mortals. I think Shakespeare is trying to show a good side to the fairies not just their mischievous side. This is really used to benefit the audience, a feel good factor about the fairies attitudes. I really enjoyed reading Shakespeare's A Midsummer Nights Dream, because it opened up a new world for me of magic. You can get trapped into the play like magic. You almost feel as if the fairies are real but we just don't know it. Hollie Kavanagh ...read more.

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