The Elizabethan era was not just a historic time for England's literature, it was also a time of war and Shakespeare lived in the middle of it all. This article focuses on theories of how the time of war could have influenced Shakespeares writing. England during this time period went to war with the Irish, the Spanish, and the Armidians all of them were long and bloody that changed England and her people. As the common English man was influenced by the wars so was Shakespeare, he often mimicked the themes of war and the emotion it birngs out of his plays, like rage which is found in Romeo & Juliet between Tybalt and Romeo and even in A Midsummer Nights Dream where Demetrious and Lysander plan to duel eachother for Helena's love. Shakespreare also wrote about violent events in history like his plays King Henry V and Julius Caesar both storys based on wars. This article gives the idea that Shakespeare did not like war but he also saw it's uses and inspirations for great stories.
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This article reveals the shocking stroy that Shakespeare may have stolen more than "Pyramus & Thisbe" for A Midsummer Night's Dream. The Great Italian author Giovanni Boccaccio wrote the epic poem The Book of Theseus over two-hundred before Shakespeare even considered being a playwright. The article reveals the contents of Boccaccio's epic poem, which tells the story of Theseus after he kills the Minoaur and returns to Athens. The young hero is crowned King of Athens and he inevitably ends up fighting a war with the Scythians (A.K.A. the Amazons) and forces their Queen, Hippolyta to maryy him and unite Scythia and Athens. Shakesperae didn't take just character names from Boccaccio he also took part of his plot. Two Greeks aprroach Theseus named Acrites and Palemon, they both wish to marry Hippolyta's sister Emilia and they ask their king to judge who can marry her. The real problem is that Emilia loves Acrites and loathes Palemon, to make matters worse Theseus declares the two will fight each other and the winner will take Emilia. The final thing Skaespeare robbed from Boccaccio is intervention from Divine powers, only instead of the troublesome fairie monarchs it is the Roman gods Mars and Venus who cause trouble. Mars favors Acrites and Mars' lover Venus favors Palemon so of course the battle is not a fair fight with the two gods using their powers to influence Acrites and Palemon. It is ironic that Boccaccio wrote the story first and no one wanted to hear this story but Shakespeare writes the same one with a few tweaks and everyone wanted to hear his version.
Cottrell, Alan. "The Book Of Theseus." Masterplots, Fourth Edition(2010): 1-4. Literary Reference Center. Web. 6 Feb. 2013.
This varient of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream is portrayed using the famous disney characters featuring Mickie Mouse as Lysander, Minnie Mouse as Hermia, Donald Duck as Demetrious, Daisy Duck as Helena, Goofy as Puck, Ludwig Von Drake as Theseus, and Scrooge Mcduck as Eugeus. The dialouge does contain the original Shakespearean lines although it is quickly followed with a modern translation.
First television showing : September 25, 1999 Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Daisy compete in Shakespeare's tale of mismatched lovers and a special love potion.
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