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A Midsummer Night's Dream

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A critical analysis of William Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream.'
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This historical article was written in 1906 by Alfred Bates. He compares Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream to Shakespeare's later work, The Tempest. In this comparison, Bates notes the strong similarities between the plays and speculates that Shakespeare wrote The Tempest with an increased maturity. The article compares specific characters between the two plays such as A Midsummer Night's Dream's Oberon and The Tempest's Coleridge. This historical article gives better insight into the mind of Shakespeare which helps the reader understand his thinking when writing.

 

"Bates, Alfred. "A Midsummer Night's Dream." A Midsummer Night's Dream. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Dec. 2014."

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

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A critical analysis of William Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream.'
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This historical article was written in 1906 by Alfred Bates. He compares Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream to Shakespeare's later work, The Tempest. In this comparison, Bates notes the strong similarities between the plays and speculates that Shakespeare wrote The Tempest with an increased maturity. The article compares specific characters between the two plays such as A Midsummer Night's Dream's Oberon and The Tempest's Coleridge. This historical article gives better insight into the mind of Shakespeare which helps the reader understand his thinking when writing.

 

"Bates, Alfred. "A Midsummer Night's Dream." A Midsummer Night's Dream. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Dec. 2014."

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File:Folger Midsummer Nights Dream.JPG - Wikimedia Commons

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This is a sculpture of a scene from Midsummer Night Dream at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC. It was created by sculptor Gregory in 1932. The image depicts the scene in the play of Bottom and Titania. 


Smallbones. File:Folger Midsummer Nights Dream. Wikimedia Commons. 16 February 2013. 7 Dec 2014. 

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Shakespeare's Sources for A Midsummer Night's Dream

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Essential information on Shakespeare's sources, from Shakespeare Online.
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The author of this article states that one of Shakespeare's sources was Geoffrey Chaucer. Chaucer was the author of The Canterbury Tales, or the Knight's Tale. In this story there is Theseus, the Duke of Athens, and his wife Hippolyta. Shakespeare is believed to have borrowed the idea of Theseus and Hippolyta from Chaucer.  

 

Mabillard, Amanda. Shakespeare's Sources for A Midsummer Night's Dream. Shakespeare Online. 20 Aug 2000. 7 Dec 2014.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream Literary Criticism

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This literary criticism first introduces the characters, key setting facts, and the plot of the play for the reader to better understand the literary criticism. This source was chosen because it provides an unbiased view of the play and how Shakespeare used genius ideas while writing it. It highlights his imagery of love, dreams, and in Puck's prologue, imagination. It gives a deeper understanding to A Midsummer Night's Dream by providing some facts that were not given in other places, such as "Shakespeare links the imaginative world of art with the capacity for change and growth within humanity". This is one of the many new points the article contributed. All arguments presented in this article are valid and can be backed up.  

 

"Fischer, Sandra K. "A Midsummer Night’s Dream." N.p., n.d. Web. 7 Dec. 2014."

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A_MIDSUMMER_NIGHTS_DREAM. FELIX MENDELSSOHN BARTHOLDY ballet complete - YouTube

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This Video of Mendelssohn's overture is in the key of E major and he begins it with four magical, suspenseful and transforming chords. These opening chords capture the essence of the play, even the moral of A Midsummer Night's Dream, a play about unexpected turns in love and life. ("The course of true love never did run smooth.")

Following those chords is the first theme, a scurrying, busy motif in the parallel relative minor (E minor) representing the dancing fairies. A fanfare-like transition (the royal music of the court of Athens) leads to a second, lyrical theme for the lovers. A final group of themes, suggesting the craftsmen and hunting calls, closes the exposition. The fairies dominate as the next section develops, and ultimately have the final word in the coda, just as in Shakespeare's play. But of course there couldn't be Midsummer music without a reference to Bottom, who gets turned into a donkey and is depicted with a sound of a donkey in the strings.

Mendelssohn, only 17 at the time when this symphony was created  brilliantly incorporated the overture into his incidental music as the first of its 14 numbers and the inspiration for the entire score. For these reasons the video is very insightful towards A Midsummer Night's Dream and has a great way of showing the different themes of the play through musical elements and dance techniques. 

 

"A_MIDSUMMER_NIGHTS_DREAM. FELIX MENDELSSOHN BARTHOLDY Ballet Complete." YouTube. YouTube, n.d. Web. 07 Dec. 2014.

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