This literary criticism is about the humor in the mixed up love affairs. It explains that throughout the play, before Hermia, Demetrius and Lysander are brought before Duke Theseus by Egeus, Hermia's father, for sanction of his paternal rights, they were all falling for the wrong people. Although Shaespeare might have meant for the play to be a tragedy, many view it as a comedy through their mixed up love triangle. As the play unravels, it only becomes more confusing and mixed up because of what Puck does to them all.
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. 3 Mar. 2013.
The name Hermia came from the male name of Hermes. Hermes is associated with trickery, cunning and speed, all of which Shakespeare uses in his play. In the opening scene, Hermia “tricked” her father and “ran” away from the arranged marriage. The name Hermia also means that she is one to steal away all of the men. It is said that the philosopher Aristotle “became a slave to faire Hermia” and took him away from his studoes. In the play, both Lynsader and Demetrius fall in love with her. These men will do anything for her just like Aristotle did for his Hermia.
FINDLAY, ALISON. "Hermia." Women In Shakespeare (2010): 185-186. Literary Reference Center. Web. 6 Mar. 2013.
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HISTORY: This article reflects the Shakespearen time when lighting for the plays were relyed on the sunlight from the top of the dome. Plays would be held at certain times of the day to make sure there was enough light to be able to see the actors up on stage. When night came, the stage got too dark for anyone to see the actors up on stage. In A Midsummer Night's Dream, while the characters walk through the dark forest, the daylight helps them throughout the play.Because of the small opening on the top of the dome, there was a direct line of sunlight that casted onto the stage created what looked like a spotlight on the characters. The sunlight was good for actors that were close up, but for the people who were standing in the back, it was hard to see them because of the shadowing going on.
This image shows Puck and Titania when he is placing the flower over her eyes. This image is important because it shows a huge part of the play when Titania is tricked into loving Bottom as a donkey through magic. Although the characters such as Demetrius and Lysander are not present in the image, they were also tricked by Puck into fall in love with someone who they did not love. A great portion of the play, A Midsummer Night's Dream, has to do with the fact that Puck was instructed to interfer with people's lives through the orders of Oberon.
"The Suite Life of Zack and Cody". *NOT INTENTED OF COPYRIGHT, PLEASE YOUTUBE DON'T DELETE THIS VIDEO.
Jennifer Houde's insight:
This video is from the show "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody," when they perform the play "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in their school drama club. Zack and Cody's intention of joining drama club was only to meet girls, but as the play unravels, they get more than they bargen for. When they do not get the parts they wanted to be with the girls they wanted to hook up with, a crazy love triangle of their own begins. Zack and Cody and the other people in the play all begin to fall in love with the wrong person, creating the irony of the play that they are staring in, "A Midsummer Night's Dream." In the ending of this video, you are able to see that throughout the funny and wrongly performed play of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," Zack and Cody finally end up understanding the play throughout the unfortunate mishaps of their own love lifes.
"TSL - A Midsummer's Nightmare [Part 3]." YouTube. YouTube, 25 Aug. 2008. Web. 12 Feb. 2013
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