This video successfully parodies many things from both pop culture and the geek/nerd world. Most blatantly it makes fun of A Midsummer Night's Dream, but it also makes fun of Inception and fighting games. It shows how different each interpretation of films and plays can be.
René Weis explains how Shakespeare was most definitely a real person, in the sense that he was born like everyone else and performed bodily functions just like everyone else. And the true nature of Shakespeare is more unknown than we are led to believe. Shakespeare was influenced by many previous writers that influenced the culture of future societies, i.e. Shakespeare's favorite classical historian, Plutarch (c.46–120 CE). Weis goes on to convey that modern cultures are influenced by previous cultures instead of current cultures shaping former cultures. Shakespeare also signed all of his plays with very subtle homages to his personal life. For example, setting the Induction to The Taming of the Shrew in Wilmcote, which was his Mother's home village near Stratford in order to distinguish it from the earlier Shrew play. Even though barely anyone at the time knew any aspects of Shakespeare's personal life, he put little hints like that into his plays so that he could identify with them. Also, "He is traditionally cast in the role of chameleon poet, because he assimilated so many different characters all at once in his plays while himself remaining forever elusive." (Weis 225)
Weis, René. "Was There A Real Shakespeare?." Textual Practice 23.2 (2009): 215-228. Literary Reference Center. Web. 24 Feb. 2014.
Theseus from Giovanni Boccaccio's The Book of Theseus is Shakespeare's inspiration for the duke of Athens, Theseus, in his A Mid Summer Night's Dream. In Boccaccio's story, Theseus is the ruler of Athens and gets married to Hippolyta. Shakespeare's rendition of Theseus focuses on the days leading up to the wedding of theseus and Hippolyta.
Cottrell, Alan. "The Book Of Theseus." Masterplots, Fourth Edition (2010): 1-4. Literary Reference Center. Web. 12 Feb. 2014
Insults have evolved through the years of Human existence. Nowadays we use swears and vulgarities to express feelings of frustration and dismay. Although these insults are very silly sounding, they were used in Shakespeare's plays and had the same meaning and hurtfulness at that time as calling someone out for having a different sexual orientation is today (calling someone "gay" or a "faggot"). Today, insults have been shortened to just calling someone an idiot but, back then someone who was dumb was described as having, "Not so much brain as earwax", and, "Light of Brain".
Frye's criticism of A Midsummer Night's Dream is that the play's meaning is confusing. Shakespeare wrote Midsummer in a way that anyone could interpret it in anyway that they please. Everyone's interpretation of it is different and this causes the play to be hard to understand. For example, Frye talks about how there are many different renditions of the play and it's use of the wall that separates Pyramus and Thisbe. The wall can be interpreted as a physical wall between the two, or could mean a figurative wall between the fairy world and the real world. Other interpretations could be that the wall is the difference of night and day, night being when the two lovers can meet in secret and day being when they cannot see each other for fear of being punished.
Frye, Northrop. "Expounding the Dream." Bloom's Literature. Facts On File, Inc. Web. 24 Feb. 2014
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