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After completing the play of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, many critics gave reviews of Shakespeare’s soon to be famous play. One in particular criticism, written by M.E. Comtois, depicts the comedy of the lovers in the play. The comedy comes from the characters Hermia, Helena, Lysander, and Demetrius. With all of the personalities very similar, it is easier for Shakespeare to make their lives comedic. The repetition in what these characters would do next, made it seem as though they were puppets. When the characters move into the forest, the comedic aspect of the play really starts to set in. When Lysander and Hermia decide to sleep separately, their attitudes give a comedic feel but this also gives way to Puck’s misuse of the love potion. Puck’s mistake leads to an unraveling of the true love that has been staged. Helena received the worst of Puck’s mistake. When Lysander and Demetrius both turn out to fall in love with her, she takes it as a joke. Helena has loved Demetrius forever but is forced to move on for the sake of her own well-being. The constant bickering over who loves who is very repetitive in this portion of the play and it is seen as the most comedic part of the play. Comtois used valid information to back up his argument while writing this criticism. It can be seen that these four characters are only used as comedic pleasure and usually act in the same measures. Comtois’ “The Comedy of the Lovers in A Midsummer Night’s Dream” can be used as a valid source if need be, his points are precise and are backed up by resourceful facts.
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. 25 Feb. 2013.