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Sandra K. Fischer did a valid job of critiquing Shakespeare’s play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Sandra has a great thesis that is thoughtfully backed up with evidence from the play itself. Sandra argued that “One plot focuses on finding young love and on overcoming obstacles to that love. Shakespeare adds to the richness of comic structure by interweaving the love plot with a cast of rustic guildsmen, who are out of their element as they strive to entertain the ruler with a classic play of their own” (3). In the story Hermia and Lysander love each other but their greatest obstacle is that Demetrius also love Hermia, whose father approves of Demetrius more than Lysander. Supporting her original thesis, Sandra stated “The play also features a substructure of fairy forces, whose unseen antics influence the world of humans” (3). Fairies play a big role in the obstacles that the lovers, Hermia and Lysander face during the play. Puck, Oberon’s right hand man, makes a mistake and because of him Lysander falls in love with a different woman. Also, Titania and Oberon are feuding over a young boy that she is keeping safe while Oberon wants him as a slave. This is another obstacle of love within the play. Lastly is the play within a play, Pyramus and Thisbe are in love but are separated by a wall which leads to the death of both of them. “Oberon and Titania feud over a changeling boy, and Pyramus and Thisbe, the lovers in the rustics’ play, are kept apart by a wall” (3). Sandra did an excellent job with not only her thesis/argument but also evaluating and backing up her critique with solid evidence from the play.
Fischer, Sandra K. "A Midsummer Night’S Dream." Masterplots, Fourth Edition (2010): 1-3. Literary Reference Center. Web. 26 Feb. 2013.