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What are the dramatic conventions which mark out A Midsummer Nights Dream as a comedy? What aspects of the play show that a comedy can also be serious?

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Simon Johnson Shakespeare Coursework A Midsummer Nights Dream What are the dramatic conventions which mark out A Midsummer Nights Dream as a comedy? What aspects of the play show that a comedy can also be serious? Comedy appears throughout A Midsummer Nights Dream. However, some aspects of comedy come across as quite serious. "A Midsummer Night's Dream" is a play of the comic form. It is therefore intended to amuse the audience and make them laugh. It also means that there is a very specific outline to the story, i.e. normality to chaos and back to normality once the chaos has been resolved, which at the end, is signalled by the feasting, drinking and laughing. The play comes into existence in the Athenian court. As expected there is perfect normality and the court of Athens rules with its law and order. Athens is very much a place of reason in this play. Whenever it is set around the court of Athens, the "situation" is either perfectly common, or problems are being solved there that have occurred in the chaotic woods. Dramatic conventions The main dramatic conventions that mark out A Midsummer Nights Dream are things like the chaotic ordeal of losing a partner and finding a partner. ...read more.

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This shows the power men have over the women, and that Theseus is unsympathetic to Hermia as an individual. From these first few paragraphs, there is nothing comical occurring, only the serious fact that Hermia could be put to death because of love. Despite this, there is a clear potential for the role-reversal to become imminent and thus, comedy. This happens when fleeing lovers Hermia and Lysander scramble from the well disciplined and well run Athens to enter into the very chaotic and the very unruly woods. In the woods, everything is very much different to what happens inside the walls of Athens. For example, Athens is male dominated, and very much a serious and lawful society. While in the woods however, it is the women that dominate the men. For example, Demetrius and Lysander both end up chasing after Helena, Hermia's friend, who happens to be in love with Demetrius. The woods are a place that the fairies and seemingly non-existent creatures are in existence, and they are the reason for a lot of the comedy in the woods. Other aspects that make the play comical are, for example, how love is misjudged. In the eyes of the audience, the characters' feelings are fairly obvious. ...read more.

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In the book A Midsummer Nights Dream I think that Shakespeare puts the message across quite clearly and in a fairly simple format. I found Shakespeare's A Midsummer Nights Dream quite a serious story, with a few comical elements. These help the story along in an effective manner. The comedy helps portray some of the messages that the audience would like to be aware of. Comedy, I think, is the best way to get a message through to somebody, especially if we are referring to the younger generation, which we are in this case. If the child has something to laugh about, he or she will probably listen more attentively. I think this because it is a more creative way of portraying the situation. For example, if a child has done something wrong he or she will find it easier to discuss it if some humour is involved. It makes it more interesting. In conclusion of my A Midsummer Nights Dream coursework, I would like to comment that having read other Shakespeare novels I personally found this to be the most interesting. I say this because as an individual who enjoys creativity and light-hearted situations, I was able to understand many of the serious points within the story as the humour held my attention throughout. 1 1 ...read more.

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