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LITERARY CRITICISM "A major problem concerning Shakespeare's title for his comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream is that it seemingly makes no sense in context". This is what this literary criticism argues. For example Samuel Johnson does not know why Shakespeare called it this because he tells us it happens after a May day. It is hard to prove this but the article says that the name couls also refer to that their love is related to the magical effects of the middle of the summer. They also think that phrase a mid summer could be a pun for mad summer. This article looks into why the comedy A Midsummer Night's dream has it's name.

Fleissner, Robert F. "Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream." Explicator 55.2 (1997): 72. Literary Reference Center. Web. 25 Feb. 2013.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream: Titania

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Titania and her Indian changeling 2- Titania and Bottom 3- Oberon and Titania
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IMAGE This picture portrays Titania, the fairy queen, and the young boy. Titania told Oberon that the mother of this boy who died gave him to Titania to take care of. Titania and Oberon are fighting over this boy because he wants him as a servent and she will not give him up. In this picture it looks as though he is clinging to her meaning he would rather be with her. It also shows that she is protecting him. I chose this piture because the boy is not mentioned a lot during the story. This image shows what he looks like and his relationship with Titania.

"A Midsummer Night's Dream: Titania by ~Redilion on DeviantART." A Midsummer Night's Dream: Titania by ~Redilion on DeviantART. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Feb. 2013.

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HISTORY Husbans or men in general had power over women in the Elizabethan times. Husbands had complete authority in the family and the household. Having mutual affection was not very important for  a marriage during these times. Modern feminists have supported affectionate view of society in Shakespeare. During Shakespeare's plays women do not have much power as well. In A Midsummer Night's Dream Hermia is not allowed to make the decison of who she wants to marry. Her father says that she either marries Lysander of will be killed or sent to the nunnery. Since Hermia is a women in these times she has no power to make decisions for herself, it is what the men in her life want.

 

"Husbands." Shakespeare's Theatre: A Dictionary Of His Stage Context (2004): 236-238. Literary Reference Center. Web. 6 Feb. 2013.

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SOURCE Titania in A MIidsummer Night's Dream was derived from the Titans. There were six female elder gods from Greeks. Her name is associated with the moon because her personality and habits are very similar to other Titan goddesses such as Phoebe. Phoebe is the goddess of the moon. Many of these goddesses apear in Ovids the Metamorphoses. Her name is tied in with the moon in one of Oberon' lines where he says "I'll met by moonlight, proud Titania. She is called the fairy queen, Shakespeare gives her the same status as the Greek gods. Her behavior carries traces of other Greek Goddesses such as Phoebe, Diana, and Hecate. Like the maternal god Tintania refuses to surrender her child to her spouse. Titania is very closely linked with the moon because of her name, and her behavior is similar to multiple of the early Greek gods. Ovid's the Metamorphoses and the Greek gods is a source for Shakespeare's character Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream.

 

Findlay, Alison. "Titania." Women In Shakespeare (2010): 397-398. Literary Reference Center. Web. 6 Feb. 2013.

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Midsummer Night's Dream - Part 1 (1999)

I DON'T OWN THIS SHORT, IT BELONGS TO DISNEY. Mickey Mouse Works House of Mouse A MouseTales Cartoon Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Daisy compete in Shakespeare'...
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VIDEO This is Disney's version of part of A Midsummer Night's dream. It also reinforces the timelessness of the Shakepeare's work and this story. It can be put in any setting or time period and still feel relevant. This concept is shown in this video, they even put it in cartoon form a number of years after. It clearly translates the script to a modern day version of the story. Dinsey characters play Shakespeare's characters. This video makes it easy to understand without the Elizabethan Age language. 

 

Disney. "Midsummer Night's Dream - Part 1 (1999)." YouTube. YouTube, 13 June 2009. Web. 07 Feb. 2013.

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Denis McGovern's comment, March 10, 2013 9:41 PM
I totally agree with you that Shakespeare's work and story is a timeless piece and can be put in any setting or time period and still feel relevant. Most people know that Shakespeare language can be difficult to understand. Disney did a great job making it easier for children to understand and not lose focus.