A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a dynamic play in the sense of reality and appearances. From the mischievous magic used by Puck to the title of the play Shakespeare masterfully makes readers reconsider what truth is within the confines of the play. The first of the many magical illusions of the play occurs when Puck…

Hermia

In Midsummer Night’s Dream, there were many good characters, however, the one that stuck out to me the most way Hermia. Even though she did not have a big part in the play, she still left an impression on me. For starters, Hermia is a disobedient daughter. I, myself, am a disobedient daughter (not to…

Shakespeare, marriage, and love

            A Midsummer-Night’s Dream gives us an interesting insight into how Shakespeare viewed the concept of love and marriage. During this time period, women had little to no say over who they married. Often, their parents would make arranged marriages with another family in order to become more wealthy or gain higher status. This notion…

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: The Woods

               This particular piece of writing may be one of Shakespeare’s best known works, and is really where one can indicate that Shakespeare really tries to dive off into to a comical writing style for this one. The play begins with Theseus getting prepared for his marriage to Hippolyta…

Breaking the Fourth Wall

In Shakespeare’s comedies, there is a reoccurring theme of narrating a play within a play, creating a multi-layered production that engages the audience. One of the main ways that this distinction between reality and fantasy can be heightened is for a character to “break the fourth wall” and directly address not only the stage audience,…

Love, Magic, Naps?

A Midsummer Night’s Dream just may be one of the most confusing comedies Shakespeare has ever written. The story is based around two Athenian women and two Athenian men who desperately keep wandering around changing their minds about who they love. This is not their fault, however, because a fairy named Robin Goodfellow mistakenly makes…

The Difficulty of Love

“The course of true love never did run smooth.” (I.i.134). This was stated by Lysander, and is arguably the most famous line from the play A Midsummers Night Dream. In a nutshell, this statement explains a predominant theme throughout the play which is the difficulty of love. In a very common twist, two men love…

Exploring the Madness of Love

While reading A Midsummer’s Night Dream, it was interesting exploring the theme of madness because how it is depicted in this play strays from the traditional connotation of madness that Shakespeare’s play typically portrays. Madness in this play is portrayed in the decisions the character’s make out of love. Love is also something that tries…

The imagery of the moon

The governing imagery of the play Midsummer night’s dream is the moon. Everything revolves around the moon, it is mentioned 52 times in the whole script, as either moon or moonlight. The many references to it are to convince the audience that it is night-time and to create a dreamy atmosphere. During Shakespeare’s time the…

Midsummer Night

Out of all the plays that we have read so far in class A Midsummer Night’s Dream would have to be my least favorite thus far. I’m not entirely sure as to why this play is not as appealing to me as the others. Perhaps it’s because there are so many different things that are…

A Problematic Play for the Duke

Amidst fairies squabbling, lovers fighting, and a particularly mischievous hobgoblin laughing at everyone else’s expense, a party of mechanicals occasionally takes centerstage in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  This comical band of commoners endeavor to rehearse and eventually perform a play at King Theseus’ wedding celebration.  However, even without the magical events of the night…