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In this article the Author Harry Auden analyzes A Midsummer Nights Dream and breaks it up into two distinct categories. The two categories are Mythology and the complexity of the individual. The mythology of the play comes from certain characters like Theseus for example. He is said to have been the King of Athens after defeating the Minotaur and saving the children of Athens for being sacrificed to him. In this time period the tail end of the enlightenment was taking place. This ment that because of the rise in popularity of the individual more people would be willing to watch this type of performance. The performance is more of a bigger adaptation of "Pyrimus and Thesbe".  This is because the each of the four main characters like the one person who doesn't like them back. This in combination with their parents refusing to give concent to marriage the person they would like to marry.

 

Auden, W. H. "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Lectures on Shakespeare, reconstructed and edited by Arthur Kirsch (2000): 53—62, 371—72. Quoted as "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in Bloom, Harold, ed. A Midsummer Night's Dream New Edition, Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations. New York: Chelsea House Publishing, 2010. Bloom's Literature. Facts On File, Inc. Web. 8 June 

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A Midsummer Nights Dream - Act 1 Scene 1 - YouTube

Summary At his palace, Theseus, duke of Athens, and Hippolyta, his fiancée, discuss their wedding, to be held in four days, under the new moon. Impatient for...
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Hermia and Lysander confide their plan to her and wish her luck with Demetrius. They depart to prepare for the following night's journey. Helena remarks to herself that she envies them their happiness. She thinks up a plan: if she tells Demetrius of the elopement that Lysander and Hermia are planning, he will be bound to follow them to the woods to try to stop them; if she then follows him into the woods, she might have a chance to win back his love. 

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CorkShakespeare. "A Midsummer Nights Dream." Online video clip.
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Globe Theatre: EBSCOhost

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History Of Globe Theater:

The Globe Theatre was the home of Shakespeare original plays and made famous by "Hamlet", A Midsummers Nights Dream", and "Romeo and Juliet". Each of these plays are based off of Ancient Greece characters like "Romeo and Juliet" is based off of Pyramus and Thysbe. This was the origin to this loved and timeless play that can be put into a modern perspective to be fit into any time period. The Globe Theatre was made famous by Shakespeare and because of that when it was burnt it was rebuilt to preserve what was still left.  It was rebuilt in 1614 and still stands there today. The Theater stands a reminded of what it was like back in the Elizabethan era and the focus and profound impact play writing had on the English people. His plays have had been constantly put into modern context making his work timeless and because of the The Globe Theater and how he had to ability to present his work on such a massive stage.

 

"Lysander." Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia (2014): 1p. 1. Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia. Web. 8 June 2015.

 

 

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This is a picture of the Original Globe Theater before it burnt down in 1614. The Theater was changed before it was rebuilt and because of this theater, Shakespeare was able to showcase his work and become the house hold name he is today. This theater was the inspiration and icon for the prestigious level that was achieved by having your played produced in this place. This theater also hosted Queen Elizabeth I, she was a major supporter of the arts and because of this grew very fond of Shakespeare. Shakespeare preformed private plays for the Queen and supported him personally with finding venues for him in his early years as a play write. This in combination with his talent of play writing and adapting the plays he learned about into a modern context made him the house hold name he is today along with giving The Globe Theater the notariaty it has today.

 

Rebecca Kupla. "The Globe Theater." Photograph. Webshots. Ihearshakespear , NA. Web. 7 Jun 2015.

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Lysander: EBSCOhost

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Origin Of Lysander:

Shakespeare gets his inspiration for the majority of his plays by learning about Roman history or Greek Mythology. For Example, Lysander was a Spartan Navy Commander during the Peloponnesian War. In the final years of the Peloponnesian War between the Greek city-states of Athens and Sparta, he commanded the Spartan Navy. Lysander defeated the Athenian fleet off the coast of Asia Minor in 407BC; two years later he brought the war to a victorious conclusion by overcoming the Athenians in the Hellespont in the Battle of Aegospotami. Lysander set up an Oligarchic goverment, but because of Spartans disapproval of this made him set up a democratic goverment. He was appointed commander of the army and later killed in the battle of Haliartus. The majority of stories tell of his heroism and leadership under pressure so that is most likely why Shakespeare pick him for  his inspiration.

 

Lysander. Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia [serial on the Internet]. (2014), [cited June 8, 2015]; 1p. 1. Available from: Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia.

 

 

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