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A Midsummer Night's Dream Literary Criticism

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LITERARY CRITICISM

The author of this literary criticism is arguing that Shakespeare's characters are constructed upon deep physiological principles. Bottom the Weaver takes the lead of the crew , and he is represented as self-important, serious, and fantastical. He is ready to undertake any thing and every thing as if it was not a challenge. Bottom thinks that he is the only important person in life, and thinks that he should have everything. The author of this literary criticism is saying that all of Shakespare's characters are constructed upon deep physiological principles.

  

Hazlitt, William. "The Midsummer Night's Dream." Bloom's Literature. Facts On File, Inc. Web. 25 Feb. 2014 http://www.fofweb.com/activelink2.asp?ItemID=WE54&WID=103230&SID=5&iPin=STMND029&SingleRecord=True>.&nbsp

 

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A Midsummer Night's Dream Video Clip

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This video helps me understand A Midsummer Night's Dream in both Shakespeare's language and in a simpler version of English. The clip here shows how Puck puts the liquid from the flower on Lysander's eyes, thinking that he is the Athenian boy that Oberon was talking about. The narrator in this does a good job of explaining to the audience what is going on and what Shakespeare is saying in his language.

 

Faeza Khan. (2011, May 29. BBC Shakespeare Animated Tales A Midsummer Night's Dream Part 1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sTKwGDCHp4 

 

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A Midsummer Night's Dream Relating to History

A Midsummer Night's Dream Relating to History | Matthew Pela's A Midsummer Night's Dream | Scoop.it
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In 1594 Shakespeare became an actor and playwright for the Lord Chamberlain's Men, the company that later became the King's Men under James I.  The king's men were actors that acted out plays for the kings. This relates to A Midsummer Night's Dream because in the play, there are actors that act out plays for Theseus and Hippolyta at their wedding. Perhaps Shakespeare is trying to show history of his life in his plays by including a part where actors act out to Theseus, the duke of Athens. This history tells me that Shakespeare would relate his plays to things that are going on in his current time period or things that have happened before. 

 

Columbia University, Press. "William Shakespeare." Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6Th Edition (2013): 1-4.History Reference Center. Web. 12 Feb. 2014.

 

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A Midsummer Night's Dream Image

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This image helps me think of how the actor's would dress up for the plays. This image gives me an image in my head of what the male actors would look like while acting the play out. In A Midsummer Night's Dream movie, the actors did not look likes this because the movie was based on a different time era than when the movie came out. All of the actors in the movie were dressed in suits and dresses, but a different fashion of them compared to the movie.

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Theseus and the Minotaur

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"Despite the king's pleas not to go to Crete, Theseus insisted. It was necessary to end the tribute forever, he said. He promised that, when he sailed back into port, if he had killed the minotaur and was safe, he would hoist a white sail instead of the customary black one. A good wind ushered the ship home. Theseus, however, upset at having to leave Ariadne, forgot to raise a white sail. Aegeus, who was anxiously awaiting his son's homecoming, mistakenly thought he was dead and killed himself."

 

ShakeSpeare uses this to make his tragedies escalate. He copies how Theseus promises Aegeus that he will put a white sail so that Aegeus can tell if he is alive. Theseus forgets to put the white sail up, so when Aegeus sees the black sail, he kills himself because he thinks that Theseus is dead. ShakeSpeare uses this in Pyramus and Thisbe to make a tragedy. When Pyramus sees Thisbe's scarf in the lions mouth, he assumes that she was eaten and kills himself. He then adds Thisbe killing herself because she finds her lover dead. ShakeSpeare copies this from Theseus and the Minotaur and transforms it to make his tragedies more dramatic.

 

Black F. Theseus and the Minotaur. Calliope. December 2000;11(4):4. Available from: MasterFILE Premier, Ipswich, MA. Accessed February 3, 2014.

 

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