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How Might You Interpret The World Of The Fairies In A Midsummer Nights Dream?

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How Might You Interpret The World Of The Fairies In A Midsummer Nights Dream? Mid summer nights dream is one of William Shakespeare earlier plays, it was written in the late fifteen hundreds. The title suggests that the play was set in the midsummer, on the shortest night of the year; it being on the shortest night of the year gives that mystical eeriness about the play. Within the play there are three worlds each having its own set of people. The three sets of characters within the play are, the nobles, the mechanicals and the fairies. The nobles were the wealthy people living and ruling in Athens. The characters from this group are Theseus, Theseus is the duke of Athens, and he is getting married to Hippolyta in four nights. Because Theseus is the duke of Athens when people have problems within their lives they go to see, so he can lead them in the right direction. Egeus is also a noble, he is the father of Hermia, Hermia loves Lysander and Lysander loves Hermia, but Hermia's father want his daughter to marry demetrius, Demetrius is also a noble like Lysander, either is better than the other, but Demetrius left his ex-lover Helena how still loves him, how ever he does not love her. ...read more.

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The mechanicals play requires the audience within the play (at the dukes wedding) to use their imagination and the illusion of factors within the production. The play is trying to get us to do that also. Most of the play is set within the wood on one mystical night, which in their minds is four nights till the dukes wedding, the magical night ends when the duke and his hunting party arrives, he seems to bring dawn and the return everything to normal. This could refer to the meaning of Athens' order. The nearly whole play is based around the love of the characters. Mature love is shown involving not only raw passion and emotion but also thoughtfulness and forgiveness between the characters. Marriage in the play is shown as loves proper out come and how all relationships should all end up in the end. Where as Oberon's and Titania's relationship how the harmony of the world is effected and upset when their relationship is at a rough time, showing that the spiritual world has powerful purpose of the world, when their relationship is at a good time the world is running smoothly and all is normal, maybe this is why the four nights turn into one because the world and its patterns are disrupted by Titania's and Oberon's arguments. ...read more.

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As she makes clear, when she refuses the hand over of the Indian boy to Oberon, as it is a memory of the Indian boy's dead mother. When under her husbands love spell her scenes with bottom, the donkey, are sensual, caring and comic. She too is active in the mortal world. At the end of the play both Oberon and Titania settle their dispute and are reunited as lovers. This gives the play a sense of completeness. Finally there is Puck Oberon's mischievous servant. He loves to play pranks on humans. He is not very reliable or efficient at carrying out his tasks. For example when he confuses the four lovers and puts the love potion on the wrong lover. Puck never seems to feel regret when he carries out his pranks. His character is based on a traditional folklore figure called Robin Goodfellow. In performance Puck is presented in many different ways. Often a very physical character, with mime as important as speech. He is also often played in a 'naughty school boy' style. These three characters are some times mirrored into the world of Athens. The actors who play Oberon and Titania also play Theseus and Hippolita. And Puck is mirrored as Theseus's servant. Michael Mullarkey ...read more.

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