Shakespeare | A Midsummer Night’s Dream | A Review


Shakespeare | A Midsummer Night’s Dream | A Review

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Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’-A Review

William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is a comedic play that revolves around the events leading up to and following the marriage of Duke Theseus and Hippolyta, the Queen of the Amazons. The play is set in ancient Athens and in the forest outside the city and is divided into three interconnected storylines that involve a group of young lovers, a group of amateur actors, and a group of fairies. The play is widely considered to be one of Shakespeare’s most beloved and enduring works and is frequently performed both on stage and in film adaptations.

The first storyline in the play follows four young Athenians, Hermia, Lysander, Demetrius, and Helena, as they navigate the complexities of love and relationships. Hermia is in love with Lysander, but her father Egeus wants her to marry Demetrius instead. Helena is in love with Demetrius, but he is not interested in her. The four lovers end up fleeing into the forest, where they become ensnared in a series of magical misadventures that involve the fairy king Oberon, his queen Titania, and a mischievous sprite named Puck.

The second storyline in the play involves a group of amateur actors who are preparing to put on a play for the Duke’s wedding festivities. The leader of the actors, Bottom, is turned into a donkey by Puck’s magic, which causes a great deal of confusion and hilarity.

The third storyline in the play revolves around the fairies who inhabit the forest outside Athens. Oberon and Titania are engaged in a bitter quarrel over the custody of a young Indian boy, and Puck is tasked with carrying out a series of mischievous deeds that further complicate matters.

One of the main themes of the play is the transformative power of love and magic. The various love triangles and romantic entanglements that unfold over the course of the play are resolved through a series of magical interventions that ultimately bring the various characters together in unexpected and sometimes comical ways. The play also explores the interplay between reality and illusion, as the characters move back and forth between the rational world of Athens and the enchanted world of the forest.

Overall, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is a delightful and entertaining play that showcases Shakespeare’s masterful ability to blend comedy, romance, and fantasy. The play’s enduring popularity is a testament to its timeless themes and enduring appeal, and it remains a beloved classic of the English-language canon. 0 0 0.

Shakespeare | A Midsummer Night’s Dream | A Review

N. B. This article originally belongs to the book ‘Reviews on William Shakespeare’s Works‘ by Menonim Menonimus.

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