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EBSCOhost: The Comedy of the Lovers in A Midsummer Night's Dream

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In this literacy criticsm buy M.E. Comtois A Mid Summer Night's Dream is twisted in what seems to be nothing more than a comedy that is pretending to be a love story. Although many of Shakespeare's plays were tales of love and romance M.E. Comtois says otherwise. One of the most interesting parts of Comtois Lit Crit is when he states that the plot is more like a dance which at first seems to be a complete mistake. I considered finding a new criticism until i began to think about it. The longer i tought the more sense it made, there is hardly ever a time where someone could read AMSND for more than ten miutes without being on a completly different topic than the one in which they had started on, but why? Why did Shakspeare not have solid plot, did he belive that it would be too boring, too plain, too short. Whatever he was thinking worked out pretty well for himself so I can't argue but for all future playwrights I'd suggest sticking to one plot.

 

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. 7 Mar. 2013.

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EBSCOhost: The Book of Theseus

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Although there are no other Shakespeareian plays that are like A Midsummer Night's Dream there are still sources that can relate with the play. One of these relations is the Greek myth that pretains to Theseus. This source is a summary of a interpretation of this myth by Itallian author Giovanni Boccaccio. Boccaccio’s account of this myth explains a large portion of the life of Theseus including his relationship with Hypolota. Shakespeare doesn't talk about  Theseus’s great adventures but he does touch upon his marriage with Hypolata and how he conquer the Amazons. From there on he changes the twos love around by including other affairs with faries and other people. 

 

Cottrell, Alan. "The Book Of Theseus." Masterplots, Fourth Edition (2010): 1-4. Literary Reference Center. Web. 11 Feb. 2013.

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EBSCOhost: actors in Shakespeare's companies.

EBSCOhost: actors in Shakespeare's companies. | Ben's A Midsummer Night's Dream | Scoop.it
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All of Shakespeare's actors had a lot common. Whether what the actors had in common was that they were often unstable or the fact that every single one of them were men, there was something about theese people that shakespeare loved. By having all men actors Shakespeare was forced to cast the pre-pubescent actors as ladies during his plays with resulted in less realistic plays but plays that still managed to leave its audience in awe after every encounter even to this very day. So maybe it doesn't matter who's playing who in a play but as long as they're excellent actors and the play was written to prefection then the play will live as long as the readers want it to.  

 

"Actors In Shakespeare's Companies." Shakespeare's Theatre: A Dictionary Of His Stage Context (2004): 16-19. Literary Reference Center. Web. 12 Feb. 2013.

 

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Titania and Bottom, A Midsummer Night's Dream, John Anster Christian Fitzgerald

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Throughout the play A Midsummer Night's Dream many questions arise revolving the faries especially Titania. She is shown in this image standing next to Bottom who has had his head turned into that's of a donkey by Puck. This picture basically summerizes poor Bottom's role in the play as friend and co worker so to speak of Puck who is always playing pranks on Bottom. it also gives good insight into Titania's role which is a comforter to anyone but her enemies she is attempting to restore Bottom to his normal state.

 

"Titania and BottomA Midsummer Night's DreamJohn Anster Christian Fitzgerald." Titania and Bottom, A Midsummer Night's Dream, John Anster Christian Fitzgerald. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Feb. 2013.

 

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Midsummer Night's Dream - Part 1 (1999)

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This video is a short peice from an episode of Disney's show Mickey Mouse. The video shows and simply explains the situation between Hermia, Helena, Lysander and Demetrius by potrasying those charecters with Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Daisy. Even though this is a "kids' show it makes it much easier to  understand by using up to date language and a sort of comedic spin on the idea of the play. By watching this video i can understand thee entire plot much easier than before.

 

"Midsummer Night's Dream - Part 1 (1999)." YouTube. YouTube, 13 June 2009. Web. 12 Feb. 2013.

 

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