• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream A Midsummer Night's Dream is one of Shakespeare's plays that are more 'light-hearted'. The play is entertaining and Shakespeare uses the genre of comedy to keep his audience interested. He uses several kinds of humour through out the play, and he covers three different storylines to make a complicated plot. The play includes: a love story, showing the changing relationships between four young people, a comic account of amateur actors struggling to rehearse and perform a very bad play, and a magical plot about a world of fairies, in which the king of the fairies (Oberon) quarrels with his queen. Shakespeare's choice of language enabled him to bring all kinds and classes of people into his plays, for example, Shakespeare uses romantic poetry with the lovers in the play and he develops a realism based on Christian folk plays with Bottom and his rustic comrades. It is Shakespeare's clever technique of writing that allowed him to create a play that is set in Athens, and includes nobility, fairies, and workmen. A Midsummer Night's Dream is an example of how different styles of writing, characters, and realms of experience can be combined into one play to create an amazing plot for a wide range of people to enjoy. Shakespeare's choice of language also allowed him to explore the natural and supernatural, and he was able to create personalities and certain traits in ...read more.

Middle

Theseus' forthcoming marriage to Hippolyta, a lady warrior whom Theseus has defeated in battle, may have been Shakespeare's ideal form of marriage, but it is yet again sending out a subtle message that supports the fact that women are weaker than men. The fact that Theseus had to conquer the queen of the Amazon to receive her hand in marriage suggests that Hippolyta had no choice but to marry the man who had beaten her in battle. Their relationship is not one of passion and love, but their wedding is the reason for the presence of the fairies and workmen in the forest near Athens, and it is Theseus's command that drives the lovers there. The opening scene of the play starts off seriously with a tragedy but it ends with a comical play. In Act 5 Scene 1 the problems between the four lovers have been resolved and after waking from their strange 'dream' Oberon had created for them Bottom, Helena, Demetrius, Hermia and Lysander are all bewildered at their recent experience. They can't quite figure out whether it was all an illusion or reality. Theseus decides to watch the play within a play, Pyramus and Thisbe, because he appreciates the effort the workmen have put into the play. The workmen are all very simple characters, named according to their personality, and once they have performed their play, although it is bad, the audience finds the performances of Bottom and his colleagues comical and amusing. ...read more.

Conclusion

Hippolyta is the only character in the play that has a free range of speech, the lovers speak in rhyming couplets, the workmen express themselves in prose, and the fairies in short lined poetry. Oberon speaks in elegant blank verse to Titania but also in rhyming couplets similar to those of the lovers. Shakespeare uses a more complex form of poetry for the speeches of Oberon and Titania to make the fairy kingdom seem luxurious, so that his words would've been enough to catch the imagination of his audience. Shakespeare will be successful in entertaining audiences for years to come because his plays don't just consist of ordinary language; his plays are works of art. His precise and accurate poetry is so detailed that certain characters have certain amounts of syllables in their speeches (blank verse), e.g. the majority of lines in Oberon's speeches have exactly 10 syllables. Shakespeare's plays will still be successful for decades to come because his plays are imaginative and he can use symbolism to create hidden meanings in objects, e.g. the magical flower described by Oberon could be a symbol for irrational love or a metaphor for foolish and short-lived passion. In my opinion, Shakespeare was successful in keeping me entertained because A Midsummer Night's Dream has three very good elements of entertainment; love, magic and comedy represented with different stories and characters. ?? ?? ?? ?? Tina Harris Page 1 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level A Midsummer Night's Dream section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level A Midsummer Night's Dream essays

  1. Why is Bottom such a well-loved character? Explain with reference to 'A Midsummer Nights ...

    The mechanicals are to perform their version of the play 'Pyramus and Thisbe' to the three newly wedded coupled. Bottom is confident as always but still makes many comical mistakes! He adds new parts to lines, which you can tell, aren't meant to be there such as "My love!

  2. A Midsummer's Night Dream

    story and the fact that things could have easily turned that way had the fairies not intervened. This again shows how Shakespeare views love as unpredictable. The mechanicals version of the Pyramis and Thisbe play was transformed because it was meant to be a 'lamentable tragedy' but the characters get

  1. Reasons why Shakespeare has used two different settings in 'A Midsummer Nights Dream'

    The Mechanicals, in which Quince, as the prologue, recites a speech that consists almost entirely of oxymorons, although only accidentally. Shakespeare has used the technique of oxymorons to represent the theme of opposites by introducing the theme into the language as well as the plots, settings a characters, adding depth to the theme.

  2. The Nature of Power in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'.

    By contrasting and comparing the poetry used by the mechanicals in the play within the play and the poetry used in the woods, Shakespeare is subtly able to mimic bad poets and show their limitations.

  1. Compare and contrast the writers presentation of love and hate in The End of ...

    I want somebody who'll accept the truth about me and doesn't need protection". Furthermore, Book Three is also a plot device used by Greene in order to fill in the gaps of Bendrix's unreliable narrative and to provide the reader with Sarah's perspective of the affair and her feelings of love over time.

  2. Read again act 3 scene 2, write a detailed study of this scene drawing ...

    It is Lysander's idea to run away to the woods to avoid Egeus' tyranny and his justification of this action is; "The course of true love never did run smooth... (Act 1 scene 1 verse 134) This quote is significant as it foreshadows the later events which take place in the woods and in Act 3 Scene 2.

  1. How does Shakespeare make men appear stronger than women in his play "A Midsummer ...

    In this situation the female involved, Hermia, is the more powerful then Egeus, however, the situation changes when they go and speak to Theseus. where they both threaten Hermia with death.

  2. 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'

    QUINCE: Yea, and the best person, too; and he is a very paramour for a sweet voice. The Aristocrats are a 'level' above the Mechanicals; the Aristocrats speak in a sophisticated way, using Shakespearean blank verse. Towards the start of the story Hermia and Helena are 'in tune' with each other.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work