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Literary Criticism: Comedic Review of the "Love Triangle"

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This Criticism presents the comic role of the young lovers in the play "A Misummer Night's Dream".  In this article, the author addresses the use of love to control the character's decisions.  He refers to it as being controlled by love.     The author also says that it is comedic that the characters are very similar.  It is interesting how Shakespeare creates the environment that the lovers are just "things" or "its".  When Egeus and Theseus are deciding who Hermia should marry, they are treating the two men as objects of no value.  Other subjects are addressed in this criticism, and it really tries to find the lighter side of Shakespeare's work.


Comtois, M. E. "The Comedy Of The Lovers In A Midsummer Night's Dream." Essays In Literature 12.1 (1985): 15-25. Literary Reference Center. Web. 4 Mar. 2013.

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Andrew Matulaitis's comment, March 7, 2013 8:35 PM
I really like your choice for a Literary Criticism! It really makes me realize that Egeus and Theseus looked at the two men as only objects. It also made me think that they really did not care what the two men think towards Hermia.
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Source: The Book of Theseus

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Shakespeare was believed to use other sources for his work, such as "Pyramus and Thisby" in his play "A Midsummer Night's Dream".  "The Book of Theseus" is written about the Duke of Athens named Theseus who is marrying the Queen of the Amazon, Hippolyta.  Theseus was a great leader who was believed to have slayed the mythical minotaur in Greek Myths.  As shown in the picture, he is fighting the minotaur.  In "The Book of Theseus", Theseus is a pure match of the Theseus in "A Midsummer Night's Dream". He is fair and follows the rules that have been set for Athenians, such as he does in the beginning of the play when deciding who is right in the dispute between Hermia and her father, Egeus.  With this source at hand, it can be hypothesised that Shakespeare may have used this book as a source for his writing in the play.  Since this book was written around the same time as "A Midsummer Night's Dream", it is extremely possible that this was used as a source for his great writing.

 

Cottrell, Alan. "The Book Of Theseus." Masterplots, Fourth Edition (2010): 1-4. Literary Reference Center. Web. 13 Feb. 2013.

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Ryan L'Heureux's comment, March 13, 2013 10:35 PM
What made you want to do an article on Theseus Ian? Have you heard of him from Greek mythology?
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Historical Article: When "Goose-Turd Green" Was All the Rage

Historical Article: When "Goose-Turd Green" Was All the Rage | Ian's A Midsummer Night's Dream | Scoop.it
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Fashion was extremely different in the Elizabethan Era of history.  This article explains some of the fashions that were seen in this time period.  In some of the films and descriptions of the clothing in "A Midsummer Night's Dream", you see the clothing of the actors. this article helps accept and repute some of the fashions styles in these examples.

 

Riley, Dick. When "Goose-Turd Green" Was All The Rage. Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd, 2001. Web. 3 Feb. 2013

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Matthew Ethier's comment, February 6, 2013 8:10 AM
Good scoop Ian! Loved reading it!
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Image: Theseus Slaying the Minotaur

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This painting is more descriptive than how the modern movie productions depict "A Midsummer Night's Dream".  Bottom actually looks like a donkey in this picture and his new lover, Titania, is right beside him.  In the films, bottom does not actually look like a donkey so it is easier to see how silly it was for Titania to be in love with a donkey. 

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Video: Beatles Midsummer Night's Dream

The Beatles's awesome spoof of Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream.' In colour (restored). DISCLAIMER: I do not in any way own this video clip.
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Like many other plays and written pieces, "A Midsummer Night's Dream" has many parodies and spoofs.  The Beatles try to reinact the play within a play of "Pyramus and Thisbe".  They use very amatuer costumes and props to show what it may have been like to have men play women and even walls!  They also use some modern language which adds a modern twist to the story.  Like many spoofs, it is very comical and allows the audience to understand the language instead of being confused by the Shakespearean "twist of tongue".

 

Clip: 1:38-3:00

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