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A Midsummer Night's Dream, quote response/analysis There are many themes in William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream(1595 or 1596), the main theme of the play is love. The main plot of the play is composed of the interaction of two Athenian couples(Hermia and Lysander, Helena, and Demetrius), and Theseus(the duke of Athens), Hippolyta(Theseus' soon to be wife), and Egeus(Hermias father who does not consent of her love to Lysander. Whose romantic purposes are complicated even more when they enter the woods, in which the King and Queen of the fairies(Oberon, and Titania), and Puck,(also known as Robin Goodfellow)the mischievous imp all reside. Then all goes wrong when the fairies interfere between the lovers, but in the end all is restored back to its natural order. In the subplot of the play, another set of characters-Bottom the weaver and his band of "rude mechanicals"-stumble into the main doings when they go into the same enchanted woods to rehearse a play that is based on the myth of Pyramus and Thisbe, their hilarious piece takes up Act V of Shakespeare's romantic comedy. ...read more.


She lingers my desires, Like to a step-dame or a dowager Long withering-out a young man's revenue." In Shakespeare's plays he would often use different forms of speech to inform the audience of the class of the character or characters, this blank verse tells the audience that the character is of the upper class. This use of language by Shakespeare states that the Athenian court is a noble, and aristocratic world exclusive to the upper class. Through the language of the rude mechanicals, Shakespeare creates an atmosphere of coarseness and the ordinary and reveals the working class side of Athens. The mechanicals, appropriately enough, speak in prose, except when they try their hand at the rhymed verse of "Pyramus and Thisbe." Here is an example of prose used by Bottom the weaver and Peter Quince, "QUINCE: Is all our company here?/BOTTOM: You were best to call them generally, man by/ man, according to the scrip." ...read more.


in this quote Puck speaks in a poetic tone, and states of himself being the magical wanderer of the night named Robin Goodfellow. The fairy woods is a very leisurely, carefree, and supernatural place. One example of this is when Puck changes Bottom's head into the head of an ass, this creates a very comedic and supernatural atmosphere to the wood. Overall the woods are a very carefree, leisurely, mystical, supernatural, and fantastical place in the play. In conclusion A Midsummer Night's Dream is an elite, mundane, and mystical play, and through the characters in the play Shakespeare informs the audience of this. He creates three distinct worlds, one very aristocratic made up of the elite, another very mundane made up of the working class, and the last, a very fantastical world of mischief and fairies. Shakespeare intertwines these three worlds in this play to create a romantic comedy that the whole world would love called A Midsummer Night's Dream. ...read more.

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