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A Midsummer’s Nights Dream

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Introduction

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QUINCE. An you should do it too terribly you would fright the Duchess and the ladies that they would shriek; and that were enough to hang us all. It was amusing also that Quince worries that Bottom will be too convincing as a lion that he will scare their audience so much they will be terrified. Here we see that the workmen cannot separate fiction from reality and nor they realize that the Duke and his guests will be under stand it as an only a pretend lion in a play. Francis Flute (the bellows mender) who is to play the part of Thisby (a female role) tries getting out of the female role by saying he has a beard coming: FLUTE. "Nay, faith, let not me play a woman-I have a beard coming. ? But this doesn't work this excuse tries to suggest his "manliness" but has the opposite effect and he is humiliated. The others take delight in this reaction and there is laughter at his expense is. ...read more.

Conclusion

The type of humor used frequently in Shakespeare plays and enjoyed by his audience example some of the workmen names declare their physical appearance: Snug the joiner the name is related to his trade work in Shakespeare time up to date people would not realize that that snug meant affixing to parts together is called a joiner. Robin starveling this character could be name because of his physical appearances as starveling could have meant he was really slim and missed some dinner's starveling. The other thing what made Shakespeare play humorous was the jokes these were called "puns". BOTTOM. "I will discharge it in either your straw-color beard, your orange-tawny beard, your purple-in-grain beard, or your French-crown-color beard, your perfect yellow". QUINCE. "some of your French crowns have no hair at all; and then you will play bare-faced"! Quince makes the jokes familiar to the Elizabethans about the boldness caused by syphilis wish English called "the French disease." Bottom asks Quince what beard to play pyramus. Should he wear a "French crown color" Quince makes the "pun" that the French have no hair at all. ...read more.

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