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Literary Criticism: "The Comedy Of The Lovers"

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When the finished product of the play," A Midsummer Night’s Dream," came out to the public there were many critics that gave reviews on how this would be Shakespeare’s “next big thing”. One specific criticism that was written by M.E. Comtois, is written about the comedy of the lovers in the play.The characters Hermia, Helena, Lysander and Demetrius are part of the comedic elements in the play. Due to the fact that all of their personalities are extremely similar, it gave Shakespeare the inspiration to make their lives more like a comedy. The repetition of events and what these characters would do next, made it seem as though they were puppet like. The comedic elements of the play really start to set in when these characters enter the forest. Lysander and Hermia decide to sleep separate from each other, and their attitudes and behaviors demonstrate a comedic vibe. This is followed by Puck’s misuse of the love potion.This reveals the completly staged "true love". Out of all of the characters, Helena was ultimately affected by Puck the greatest amount. Due to Puck’s misuse of the love potion, Lysander and Demetrius both fall in love with Helena, and she takes this as an ignorant joke. In addition, the constant fighting and conflict over what character loves who is extremely repetitive in certain parts of the play. This was taken to be the funniest part of the play. Comtois’s article used conclusive information to support his argument. It is clearly shown that these characters are only used for comedic amusement continued to act like this in the similar portions of the play. Comtois's “The Comedy of the Lovers in A midsummer Night’s Dream” can be used as a significant source. His points are extremely valid and intelligent

 

 

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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. 3 Apr. 2013.

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Source: EBSCOhost-Puck Shakespeare's Shape-Shifter

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In the source "A Midsummer Night's Dream", Shakespeare uses the name Puck to represent king Oberon's jester. Puck, also known as Robin Good-fellow, is a devious fairy that plays tricks on mortals. For example, Puck transforms himself into a stool and "then slips from a womans bum and  topples down." Shakespeare chose the name Puck to represent the fairy because of his mischievous actions. The article, "Puck: Shakespeare's Shape-Shifter," explains the meaning of a common Shakespearean name, Puck. The words Puki (Old Norse),Pooka (Irish), and Pwca (Welsh) are synonyms to the name Puck, meaning mischievous spirit. For over one thousand years anyone with this name was considered a troublemaker and the devil. The word "pouk-ledden" meant to be misled or tricked by a beast, goblin, or person named Puck. The word Robin was derived from the medieval times meaning the devil. "The word Good-fellow was often a bad fellow, misleading travelers, pulling pranks, [and] laughing with a marked 'Ho, Ho, Ho". Shakespeare uses the name Puck because his character represneta the same qualities as the definition of the name.

 

 

Citation: Riley, Dick, and Pam McAllister. "Puck: Shakespeare's Shape-Shifter." Bedside, Bathtub & Armchair Companion To Shakespeare (2001): 77-78. Literary Reference Center. Web. 02 Apr. 2013

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video:Midsummer Night's Dream from the movie "Get over it"

 

 

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This video is humorous. I found this vdieo fun and easy to understand. shake spears plays,a nd langue were hard to understand. This remix, or remake of the play allows a varity of diffrent interpitations to understand the play thuroughly and clearly.

 

Midsummer Night's Dream from the Movie "Get over It"" YouTube. YouTube, 13 Apr. 2011. Web. 02 Apr. 2013.

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I thought this picture intersting because it shows the deatil authors put in the costume work compared to todays costumes. The costumes back then were made by hand the ones today are done on machaniery.In the elizabeithan age the plays didn't have technolgy and anamation like today. Yes todays plays are great but they were just as great in the past. They consisted of lots of thoughts and ideas to keep the plays ejoyable.

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Historical article: EBSCOhost- GLOBE THEATRE

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The Globe theater was first built in 1566-1599 in southwark, london.The first play belived to be formed here by Julius Caesar in 1599 when a Swiss tourist Thomas Platter recorded in his diary that on September the 21st " we witnessed an excellent performance of the tragedy of the first Emperor Julius Caesar " said to be performed by some 15 actors. William Shakespear held all of his plays here. He did this escpecially because it was the only theater. The audience constisted of hundreds of people, because of this not everyone was pleased or agreed what happen in the plays. If someone didnt agree they may have shouted rude comments or threw things at the actress.

 

"Globe Theatre." (n.d.): Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia. Web. 02 Apr. 2013.

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