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A Midsummer Night's Dream Literary Criticism

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LITERARY CRITICISM:

 In the first paragraph, the author of this criticism briefly describes Shakespeare's play and what happens in it. Then it goes into the second paragraph about the different directors of the play interpret it, and with each director they have a different view. "William B. Hunter (2002) stresses the importance of the marriage theme, asserting that the play was written and originally performed as part of two court weddings..." This quote taken directly from the text shows that this director, Hunter, finds that marriage is an important aspect of Shakespeare's play. Finally, the author continues describing the the other directors analyzes' and in some portions includes a critics opinion on the directors take to the play, " Several other critics have also faulted Hoffman's film: Emanuel Levy (1999) notes that it "suffers from a lack of coherent vision and an incongruous tone" and Lisa Schwarzbaum (1999) perceives the production as "permissively underdisciplined." Both critics question Hoffman's casting choices and complain that the diverse acting styles of the principals clash with one another."

 

 

 

CITATION:

Shakespearean Criticism. Ed. Michelle Lee. Vol. 102. Detroit: Gale, 2007. Literature Resource Center.

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SparkNotes: Romeo and Juliet: Plot Overview

SparkNotes: Romeo and Juliet: Plot Overview | (Annunziata, Aubuchon) A Midsummer Night's Dream | Scoop.it
A short summary of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. This free synopsis covers all the crucial plot points of Romeo and Juliet.
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SOURCE: In both Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare has used each play to build off each other. For example, in Romeo and Juliet, Juliet's father, Lord Capulet, has ordered Juliet to marry a guy she has no interest whatsoever. The same goes for Egeus forcing Hermia to marry Demeterius when shes in love with Lysander. For each character out of both plays they had the consequence of death if they did not obey by their fathers rules. This consequence led both Hermia and Juliet to run away from their problems, which were their fathers, and continue being in love with the men that were not approved of. Although, each girl handled the situation differently, Juliet, by killing herself; leaving all possibilities for a change of mind out of the question. On the other hand, Hermia waited it out, and in the end Egeus changed his mind about the arranged marriage. Shakesphear has incorperated his other plays inside of his play inside of a play idea. There are multiple examples of him doing this throughout A Midsummer Night's Dream.

 

CITATION: SparkNotes. SparkNotes, n.d. Web. 09 Dec. 2014.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream [Ballet excerpt - I Act.] - YouTube

Teatro alla Scala di Milano William Shakespeare Felix Mendelssohn
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 This video was chosen because it shows a new way of telling the story of a midsummers night dream. This clip is from the ballet version of a midsummers night dream, and it represents how Oberon really wants the changeling child that Titania has. Titania refuses to give the child and Oberon is upset. This clip also shows the couples and how Lysander and Hermia are happy and in love, but Demetrius and Helena are not that happy since Demetrius won't return Helena's love. The video shows that Shakespeare has influenced a multitude of areas in the arts, and his work can be performed not only as a play but as a ballet production as well. So instead of listening to the words of the play you have to watch the body movement and gestures made by the dancers to understand what they are saying. This makes the audience think especially if they haven't read the play because they will have to figure out what the dancer is trying to say. This clip shows how the world took Shakespeare's work and created many different artistic ways to express his writings.

 

 

 

 

Citation:

Shakespeare, William. "A Midsummer Night's Dream [Ballet Excerpt - I Act.]."YouTube. N.p., 26 Apr. 2011. Web.

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Fairies of the Night

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IMAGE: This image relates to the theme under the moon as the fairies flutter through the woods. Since the majority of the play with in a play is taken place in the woods. This connects to the story because the fairies have such a big part in story because they're included in each aspect of the play, whether good or bad. Also, the theme of the moon and lunacy is illustrated  in this image how it is taking place at night under the moon. This image is also  set in the forest at night just like A Midsummer Night's Dream is, and how the fairy world is in a fued. 

In a way this image could be used to represent the fairy world after or before the fight between Oberon and Titiania because the fairies in the image look happy and everything looks peaceful in the forest like it should be. Lastly, this image can relate to Shakespeare's use of colors throughout the play because all the fairies each glow a different color. This shows a variety of vibrant colors to show Shakespeare's creative writing skills in one single image.

 

 

 

 CITATION: 

Fairies Butterfly Night Moonlight Picture. Digital image. Layout Sparks. DMCA, n.d. Web.

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Elizabethan Marriages and Weddings

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Visit this site dedicated to providing information about Elizabethan Marriages and Weddings.Fast and accurate details and facts about the history of Elizabethan Marriages and Weddings.Learn the facts about Elizabethan Marriages and Weddings.
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HISTORICAL ARTICLE: In the Elizabethan Era, marriages were arranged so that one family was able to gain wealth and prestige. The women in marriage were expected to bring the goods, money, property, and later in the marriage they provided children. In preperation to the wedding exotic dishes were made, such as peacock, sweetmeats, and baked goods. Also the arranged couples married very young; boys could marry as young at 14, and girls at 12 years old. Typically men did not marry till 21.

Historical information on the Elizabethan Era has made A Midsummer Night's Dream more understandable because the families were forcing them to marry only for wealth. The woman had only one purpose in the marriage, which was being a house wife,and in the play none of the female characters wanted to be a house wife.

 

 

CITATION: "Elizabethan Marriages and Weddings." Elizabethan Marriages and Weddings. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Dec. 2014

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