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The Wondrous Globe Theater

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This picture shows a cross section of the Globe Theater that harbored and has shown many famous works of William Shakespeare. This theater as a whole shows a clear history of the Elizibethan era and its affect on the arts, music, and people. We can bow our heads in a sence to the theater in the way that it created a social place where the rich and poor alike could come to watch the arts be preformed. 

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Cupid's affect on A Midsummer Nights Dream

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Peabody, Josephine Reston. "Cupid And Psyche." Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew. 27-29. n.p.: Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation, 2006. Literary Reference Center. Web. 6 Feb. 2013.

 

The legends of Cupid and his affect on the hearts of the human race most definately have penatrated Shakespeares "A Midsummer Nighs Dream". Cupids control of love and affection is shown when Oberon sends Puck to use a special flower to enfluence a feeling of love. This special flower was shot by one of cupids arrows, which in turn gives it magical powers. This flower causes chaos to each of the lovers in some way. This flower ends up putting both Lysander and Demetrius against each other for the love of the same girl, but this time they are fighting over Helena. This leaves Hermia with no love and a very sad feeling. Cupid and his many effects on emotion are an important part to "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

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Emily Richards's comment, February 12, 2013 12:16 PM
This is literally gold.
Kylie Wortz's comment, March 10, 2013 8:33 PM
completely agree
Michaela Brodeur's comment, March 10, 2013 9:18 PM
Do you know when cupid was first introduced? He has definitely appeared in many works.
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Theseus, The Hero of Athens

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"Theseus." Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6Th Edition (2011): 1. Literary Reference Center. Web. 3 Feb. 2013.

 

Theseus is an extremely important character when it comes to the vast conflicts posed in Shakespeares A Midsummer Night's Dream. His character is brought at the beginning of the play as the king of Athens and future husband to Hippolyta, who is also a link to ancient Greek culture. Theseus is know in popular Greek culture as the hero of Athens. Ironically this play takes place in the city of Athens, which was not an accident on Shakespeares part.Shakespeares bows to ancient Greek cultures show an entirely different layer to the story.  

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Amanda Levenson's comment, March 7, 2013 9:24 PM
I really like this article, it provided a lot of background about Theseus that I didn't know before and changed my perspective of him. Good job!
Gabrielle Lafond's comment, March 10, 2013 5:16 PM
I agree with Amanda. Many people focus on the other characters rather than Theseus. It was true when you said that he is an extremely important character. I like how you tied in ancient Greek culture with Theseus's character. It emphasizes his importance to the play and how legendary he really is! Love it!!!
Kylie Wortz's comment, March 10, 2013 8:34 PM
Who knew Thesus was this important? because i didn't until Brian decided to inform us of his influences
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A Midsummer Night's Dream, A vast love Octagon

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Kerr, Calum A. "Literary Contexts In Plays: William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Literary Contexts In Plays: William Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'(2008): 1. Literary Reference Center. Web. 24 Feb. 2013.

 

 

This work was written to explain and show some of the vast motifs, ideas, and symbols that are scattered all around the play of "A Midsummer Nights Dream" by William Shakespeare. Many of the authors ideas revolve around the setting of the forest, which portrays a type of animalistic point of view. This setting also shows the difference of worlds. Our main lovers venture off into a place that is completely different to the busy streets of Athens. This literary critisism is deep in character and surely portrays a good critisism of "A Midsummer Nights Dream." 

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Talia Venditti's comment, March 10, 2013 9:22 PM
Love this!
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Midsummer Night's Dream - Part 1 (1999)

I DON'T OWN THIS SHORT, IT BELONGS TO DISNEY. Mickey Mouse Works House of Mouse A MouseTales Cartoon Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Daisy compete in Shakespeare'...
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This video is produced by Disney to show their take on Shakespeares "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Many of the small details are left out, but the main idea of the play is still shown. This allows the viewer to get a very basic idea of what the play is really about. The real characters have been replaced with Disney characters in order to appeal to a younger audience. This film piece is extremely helpful source when you are trying to decode the words of Shakespeare. 

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