The critism examines Puck and Bottom and how they appeal to the audience. Bloom talks about Bottom like he has a soft side and that everything he does is not because he is an "ass". Bottom trusts the fairies and treats Titania rather respectively. Even though, Bottom acts like a fool in a play within a play he just wants to try hard and impress the ladies in the performance and, even, the whole audience. Bloom aslo talks about Puck being this playful, cupid type character in the play. Bloom explains if Puck was in charge the Athenian lovers would still be in love with the wrong person and Bottom would still be in his animal form. Puck is describes as beyond amusing, but stays within the boundry between messing with humans and hurting them because of higher authority, Oberon. As a result you get this fairy that is playful and never serious when a major crisis occurs. Puck is a character that needs to be controlled before some events get out of hand. Bloom explains Bottom and puck in an inate way that the audience wouldn't see while watching the play upfront.
Bloom, Harold. "Bloom on A Midsummer Night's Dream." New York: Chelsea House Publishing, 2010. Bloom's Literary Reference Online. Facts on File, Inc.
This Poem was first translated in 750 BCE and it was way beyond Shakespears's time.This is a book translating the Illiad that states what Homer would have written in Ancient Greece. The Illiad describes a poem between two men, of high power, fightning over the most beautiful girl in Greece, Helen. Helen is married to Menelaus and in love with Paris. Sounds familiar? In A Midsummer Night's Dream, Hermia is supposed to marry Demetrius but is in love with Lysander. A love triangle like this is also in the Illiad. Both of the plays have the same setting which may point that Shakespeare may have pulled a lot from Illiad to make his play. This helps us understand the play by examing other topics of the past and tying them together. By examing how the love stroy went in Illiad the audience could use that knowledge on interpreting this play.
Shakespeare lived in a time of change. England just broke away from the Roman Catholic Church for political reasons. The Italian Peninsula was the center of the Renaissance culture and was popular for its wonderful art. The way England gained the knowledge about Literature and Art was to get the Italians to come to their country and start teaching to the English people. Around early 1500’s France attempts to conquer the Italian peninsula, with these attempts some of the Italian philosopher and teachers fled to England. With France’s action toward the Italian peninsula England has what it needs and begins teaching literature to their kind. With this drastic change of culture England had its own developments. Such, William Shakespeare a well know playwright that performed comedic plays, romantic plays, and other types of plays. A Midnight’s Summer Dream was a play that was created by Shakespeare that developed from England’s revolution towards literature and art. By understanding the history of england, it sets up boundaries for Shakesperare and sets up a general view of what circumstance the play was allowed to be performed and not be banned by the church or high officials. The play is not going to set in hell or the near future of toda, England set the boundaries for their artits to do freely as they wish.This article lets the audience in a comfortable look at when the play wasas set at.
Lakeside Publishing Group, LLC. "England In The Renaissance." Renaissance In England (2009): 1. History Reference Center. Web. 6 Feb. 2013.
In some religions fairies are know to meddle with humans. This picture of a girl surrounded by fairies. The fairies look like they are meddling with the human by dancing, singing, or might even pull a prank. In the play "A Midnight' Summer Night's dream" Puck plays tricks on the humans by putting love flowers on the humans and making them fall in love with the person they see first.This ties in to the picture of how faires like to mess up humans lives. This picture helps us understand how fairies play a role in the plot; by showing us that faires like to meddle wiith humans in a mischeivous way and the reason why Shakespeare put fairies in his story to have something to thicken the plot, and to give a reasonable understanding of what fairies do.
Shakespeare's theatre as seen throughout it's history including a discussion of what it would have been like to be in attendance.
This video talks about how shakespeare created this theatre called the Globe Theatre and the lives it impaccted. The actors had to compete with the audience for attention so they wouldn't miss anything. The audience were made up of a large chunk of groundlings, who only paid 1 cent to get in. According to this video the theatre was mostly loud and dirty. The actors had to perform in daylight, because there was no way to light up the globe at night. Aslo, the actors had no promts except their emotions. So, Shakespeare had to create plays in a loud lit rooms that will entertain people. The enviorment played a significant role in Shakespeare's plays. Shakespeare had to create a play using external factors such as to show internal feeling or a message. Like by turning Nick Bottom into an ass, the audience clearly sees that he acts like a jerk. To entertain his audience Shakespeare puts a twist on his plays, such as making "A Midsummer Night's Dream" a comedy instead of a romance drew people in. In the present day all those factors help the modern audience see a point that Shakespeare tried to get accross to his audience.
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