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EBSCOhost - The Comedy of the Lovers in A Midsummer Night's Dream.

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LITERARY CRITICISM

 

A Midsummer Night's Dream is a play that is considered one of Shakespeare's best work. This article is one of many which criticizes this play. Comtois M. speak about how the lovers only act as comedic tools in the play. Firstly, the characters are not the cause of the problems that arise within their love polygon. The lovers merely "dance to a tune they believe that they have heard the piper Love play." In simpler terms, this means that they are following a path that was created for them by the fairies instead of making their own choices. This is evident many times throughout the play which strengthens the argument Comtois makes. An instance where this takes place is when Puck the fairy puts the magical flower on Lysander's eyes. He wake up and falls in love with the first person he see, which is Helena. The lovers do not make their own choices they are merely puppets on a string, willed by the fairies. The second point Comtois makes is that the main characters are all too similar which can increase the comedic effect but takes away from the story. The lovers are all rich noblemen "who are so engrossed in their feelings and discoveries about romantic love that they" create a group who talk about nothing else but how in love they are with another. It cannot be doubted that is was Shakespeare's purpose not differentiate them because " the more the characters look and sound alike, the more they are like mechanical toys and less like persons, the funnier they seem." This statement only further strengthens the argument made. The final point he makes is that their actions are repetitive and predictable at times. In the story repetition is used as a comedic device. The fairies not only use their flower to make Lysander in love with a different woman, they also use it on Demetrius. The lovers fall in love with different people many times throughout the story but never are two people in love with each other. The repetition of the situation makes the play more humorous but takes away from the story line as a whole. Every point Comtois has made not only made sense, but was backed up by textual evidence from the play itself. It is a valid argument that the characters are merely a comedic tool and that their love is just a joke.

 

Comtois M. The Comedy of the Lovers in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Essays In Literature [serial online]. Spring85 1985;12(1):15-25. Available from: Literary Reference Center, Ipswich, MA. Accessed February 13, 2013.

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EBSCOhost - Hippolyta.

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William Shakespeare is considered the greatest English poet and playwright of all time. His works have withstood the test of time, still being acted and interpreted to this day. Though his poems and plays are considered strokes of genius, the ideas they came from are not entirely his own. Hippolyta, from his play A Midsummer Night's Dream, is not a character he thought up himself. She is based off of Hippolyta, queen of the Amazons,  from Greek mythology. In the Greek legends, the Amazons go to war with the Athenians. Shakespeare builds upon this by having Theseus, the Duke of Athens, win the war and forcing Hippolyta to marry him. A glorious wedding was scheduled for the occasion and as a result, the tradesmen became actors and they became greatly important to the plot of the story. By borrowing from the Greeks, Shakespeare was able to create a story that was informed and entertaining. It was because of this source material that he was able to create a play such as this.

 

Findlay, Alison. "Hippolyta." Women In Shakespeare (2010): 188-190. Literary Reference Center. Web. 6 Feb. 2013.

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Austin Berard's comment, March 10, 2013 6:23 PM
I too did a similar article on Hippolyta and enjoyed your insight. I especially liked the part where you described how Shakespeare used this source in order to create a informative and entertaining story.
Nick Lemoine's comment, March 12, 2013 8:59 PM
Could this piece also relate to some other character? Any connections?
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EBSCOhost -Visual art enhances the learning of Shakespeare.

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HISTORICAL ARTICLE

 

Understanding Shakespearean language can be a challenge for many high school students. However, there are ways to improve students' understanding about his plays and works. Visuals can help students to not only become more interested in the plays, but also to remember and retain the information better. The article Visual art enhances the learning of Shakespeare by Barry and Arlene L., discusses the uses of visuals in  understanding information about Shakespeare. While exploring and analyzing visuals, the student will come across details of the piece's historical context, further enhancing their knowledge of the play. A Midsummer Night's Dream is not mentioned specifically in this article, but the ideas expressed in it can aid and assist in the learning and teaching of Shakespearean works such as said play.

 

Barry, Arlene L. "Visual Art Enhances The Learning Of Shakespeare." Education 117.4 (1997): 632. Academic Search Elite. Web. 3 Feb. 2013.

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rkracine@cox.net's comment, March 10, 2013 9:25 PM
I like the way you presented this in class, you seemed to know this well. Also would you suggest this as an independent way of learning or just an aid to a type of learning?
Olivia Darveau's comment, March 10, 2013 9:32 PM
Do you think the ideas in this article would be better suited to learning about Shakespeare's plays than the groundling approach that we applied in class?
Derek Kruzan's comment, March 10, 2013 10:17 PM
We did some acting in class, similar to this approach, so you think if we took this approach through the entire play that we would have a better understanding
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The Quarrel of Oberon and Titania − Sir Joseph Noel Paton

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Displayed here is an image of Oberon and Titania, king and queen of the fairies. They are surrounded by about 165 smaller fairies of various shapes and sizes, some beautiful, others simply grotesque. They are all tending to their own business while they roam the mythical fairy world. Behind Titania is a young human changeling, hiding from Oberon. The play A Midsummer Night's Dream mentions an argument between Oberon and Titania about a young changeling. Though this scene does not take place within the play itself, his picture depicts what the artist believes the quarrel would have looked like if it occurred. It is an accurate representation of what might have occurred within the play and it was a marvelous painting of its time. 

 

Sir Joseph Noel Paton "The Quarrel of Oberon and Titania." National Galleries Scotland, n.d. Web. 12 Feb. 2013.

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Sir Jake DeCelles's comment, March 9, 2013 8:01 AM
This is top stuff. Things like this are subject to awards such as but not limited to: A Grammy, the Nobel Peace Prize, a high five.
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Animaniacs - A Midsummer Nights Dream

The Warners' unique interpretation of Shakespeare, complete with Batman and Robin.
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VIDEO

 

Interpreting Shakespearean language can be a difficult, but it is made easy with helpful learning devices such as videos. This video created by the Warner Bros. is a scene of A Midsummer Night's Dream. It is portrayed by cartoon characters, allowing the viewers to interpret Shakespeare from a different and fun perspective. It remains informational, educational, and is relevant to the story while also being entertaining. This modern interpretation of the play also reinforces the timelessness of Shakespeare's work. Videos such as this appeal to any age group and makes understanding Shakespeare a much easier task. It is important to view Shakespeare's works from different perspectives in order for students to obtain greater knowledge about the wonderful works he has created.

 

"Animaniacs - A Midsummer Nights Dream." YouTube. YouTube, 28 May 2010. Web. 03 Feb. 2013.

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Abby Boisvert's comment, February 7, 2013 7:23 PM
Haha that is hilarious!