Scene Commentary on II. The features will be analysed according to their dramaturgical aspects and problems.
His greatest achievements include the numerous plays which remain truly popular up to this day, and whose texts are still subjects of academic scrutiny, from which literary insights spring forth and are thus analyzed. Shakespeare has indeed proved to be a literary genius, considering the timelessness of his themes as well as the brilliance of his plots.
Thus, it might be more interesting to also explore other details regarding the play. Besides, in the end, such would also only attest to the genius of Shakespeare. A complication was then established, as Theseus maintained that the only option for Hermia was the nunnery if she would not consent to marrying Demetrius.
This in turn gave way to the rising action where the couple was forced to plan their escape to a place far from the laws of Athens.
In act two, in the woods where the lovers Hermia and Lysander were to meet, Shakespeare began to establish a dreamlike reality through the appearance of Puck, who was the attendant of Oberon the fairy king and a fairy attendant of the fairy queen Titania. As could have been anticipated, the fairy king ordered Puck to use the magic on Demetrius.
But then again, an additional complication surfaced when Puck used the magic on Lysander by mistake. The complication then gave way to conflict as they also had to use the magic on Demetrius and the two men fought with each other for Helena. The buildup of complications and conflicts then led to the climactic confrontation between the four main characters in the second scene of act three.
A resolution however, was then also imminent, as the fairy king Oberon sent Puck to meddle and to fix the problem, thus leading to the falling action where Puck was able to get all four to fall asleep near each other. He then used the magic on them, so that the events would be nothing more than a dream the following day.
The final blow on the four main characters, that is, the conversion of the real events to a dream, represents the irony in the tale, as the events following those which took place in the woods were the ones that were actually unreal, as they were born from the suppression of the main reality.
Demetrius will never fall in love with Hermia again, but it is apparent that his newfound love for Helena was only induced by magic and was no more than a lie. Ironically enough, the truth had become only a dream, thus, the lie made the happy ending possible. Shakespeare enriched this denouement through the insight that his audience might gain from the play, that is, it was the grotesque version of what could have happened in the woods or in dreamland.
Therefore, Shakespeare was able to effectively employ the dream device in giving the lives of his characters an ironic twist.
In addition, he was also able to give his audience the insight that while certain problems may be resolved through quick fixes, there still exists the possibility that they may not be solved truly.
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If you are reading William Shakespeare's ''A Midsummer Nights Dream'' you may have questions about the character named Puck. In this lesson, we will get to know Puck by taking a look at some of. The main theme of the Shakespearean comedy is love.
This paper will deal with “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (written in or ) with a special attention to the play’s couples. Their state of relationship and the language the lovers use will be in the foreground.
Does it differ from normal language use?Author: Regina Schultze. It is therefore no wonder that Shakespeare depicted women in a role that was completely normal and familiar to him, i.e.
subservient to and completely dependent on men, and in this essay I will try to show that that is the case in A Midsummer Night's Dream. I will focus on two major female characters, Hermia and Helena, in order to. William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle.
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