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A Midsummer Night's Dream, Quote Response/Analysis

  • Date Submitted: 01/27/2010 11:10 PM
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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. In this play, Shakespeare creates three worlds: the noble, aristocratic world of the Athenian court, the mundane world of the mechanicals, and the fantastical fairy world. Through the language of the inhabitants Shakespeare give each world its distinct atmosphere.

Through the language of: Theseus, Hippolyta, and Egeus, Shakespeare creates an atmosphere of order and authority and reveals a side of Athens exclusive to the upper class. The language spoken by the characters of the Athenian court is very formal, \"EGEUS: Happy be Theseus, our renowned duke!/ THESEUS: Thanks, good Egeus. What\'s the news with thee?\" The characters speak in a formal tone with each other which dignifies that the Athenian court is very aristocratic. Also the language spoken by the characters of the Athenian court is spoken in blank verse, which is unrhymed verse based on the iambic pentameter,

\"Now, fair Hippolyta, our nuptial hour

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