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Midsummer Night's Dream Title Unfit for the Play

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    In his literary criticism, Robert Fleissner discusses the problem of the title of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Since the play takes place the night before May Day, the title seems to make no sense. Yet Fleissner says that  the play may have been named for the time it was presented, but more likely, was a pun on the words 'mad summer'. He points out some of the foolish things that take place and support his argument.

     Fleissner's logic makes sense when we look at the characters and the actions in the play. Right at the beginning, we see some of the main characters trying to find love with people who don't want them, and they don't stop even when told outright. When the fairires enter, the play becomes more absurd. Fleissner says, "...what could be more deranged than a man turning into a donkey and having an amorous relatioship with a fairy Queen?"

     The entire play within a play is complete madness. The players are so out of touch with reality, they think they have to explain everything to the audience, even that the fake lion isn't real. Their names suit their personality in an amusing way. Their silliness is funny, but also reflects the madness of the upperclass characters.

     Fleissner ends by saying A Midsummer Night's Dream "...has been considered in terms of the waxing and waning of the lovers'moon drenched'." This statement supports the idea that the title is a pun on the word 'mad summer' since the moon has always been associated with madness and lunatics.

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Alyssa Felos's comment, March 10, 2013 11:10 PM
If the name was unfit for the play, why do you think shakespeare called it 'A Midesummer Night's Dream'?
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The Sources and Analogues of 'A Midsummer-Night's Dream'

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     Most plays are not writtten as orignals. They're based on other plays, pomes or stories. For examle, Midsummer Night's Dream by Shakespeare was based on Knightes Tale by Chaucer. In the Knightes Tale at the beginning  Theseus the lord of Athens, won Ipolita in a battle and married her. This is similar to what Shakespeare wrote at the beginning of Midsummer Night's Dream. He wrote that Theseus duke of Athens won Hipolota in a war. They plan to get married. The name Theseus is used in both plays, but Shakespeare took Ipolita and changed it to Hipolita.

     Another example of Shakespeare using Knightes Tale as a source is when Chaucer has two men, Palamon and Arcite, fall in love with Ipolita's sister Emilia. Palamon and Arcite had a tornament in the grove to win Emilia's love. This reminds us in Midsummer Night's Dream how Lysander and Demitrius both love Hermia. They also fought for Hermia's love, but instead of fighting in a grove they fought in the forest. Readers can see how Knightes Tale is woven in Midsummer Night"s Dream with a Shakespearean twist. 

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William Shakespeare

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     From reading this Biography of William Shakespeare I have gained knowlege about his life that connects to his plays. HIs father at one time was financially succesful. He held important offices in his city. So it may be possible that Shakespeare based the chaacter Thesus, in the play Midsummer Night's dream, on his father. Thesus is the Duke of Athens and at the start of the play, high class people come to him to ask for advice. Just as people might have done with Shakespeare father.

     Shakespeare probaly went to Straford to attend grammer school. He would of been educated in the classics, particularly Latin grammar and literature. This knowlege did help him in his plays. This is seen when he uses verse and prose. He used verse and prose to help the audience creat a vivid picture of the scenes because very few props were used.

     There are thoughts that Shakespeare joined a group of traviling players. He most likely wove this part of his life in the play Midsummer Night's Dream. Theseus is going to get married to Hippolyta and there is going to be a play performed for the celebration. This is also an example of Shakespeare play's with in a play. 

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Asleep in the Woods,Antique Print by Rackham

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     This antique print by Rackham, called Alseep in the Woods brings to mind a Shakespeare play, A Midsummer Night's Dream. In the play Lansder and Hermia fall in love with each. Hermia father, Egeus, wants her to marry Demetrius or else Hermia will die or become a nun. Lysander and Hermia plan to sneek away from Athens, throught the woods, to be together for ever.      The first night in the woods Hermia wants them to sleep apart because they are not married yet. In the image a male, Lysander, and a female, Hermia, sleep separately in the woods.

     Meanwhile, Puck the sevent of Oberon, the fairy king, was sent out to put the jucie of Cupid's flower in the eyes of Demetrius. The jucie of the flower when sprinkled on the eyes of a sleeping person will make the person fall in with the first thing he or she sees when they wake up. Puck always seem to get things messed up. He put the flower juice on Lysander's eyes instead of Demetrius' eyes. The boy in the image is Puck. He's puting the jucie of Cupid's flower on Lysander's eyes.

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Ciara Jackson's A Midsummer Night's Dream Animation

© Ciara Jackson, 2010 First of all...I'd like to inform you that I'm still in high school so I really don't have any amazing animation software, but this ani...
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     A Midsummer Night's Dream by Shakespear is a timeless piece. When it's presented, it can take place the time peroid he wrote it, or it can be reworked as a modern movie, play, parody or short story. In this clip, the story has been told using modern animation. The characters's clothing looks dated, but the hairstyles and women's makeup have a current, funky feel. This works because Shakespeare's characters are so vivid, people get into the characters' shoes and have no trouble realting to them.

     The situations of loving the wrong person and finding the right person are relevant to today's world. People can connect to the play, no matter how it is presented. In this short clip, very few words are used, but the plot is clear. Hermia and Lysander love one another, but Demetrius wants her, and Helena wants Demitrius.

     The use of the fairies in the play also connects to taday's modern world, because of the current interest in paranormal activity, such as werewoves, vampires and spirits. Shakespeare's words and characters have such depth and meaning, they touch people in any age.

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Molly Kachanis's comment, March 10, 2013 3:02 PM
I really liked your video and how it showed that A midsummer Nights dream can be shown in a different way. The video was different and showed even with few words we could understand what was going on. I thought the video was really interesting and it went well with the rest of your presentation.
Victoria Ducharme's comment, March 10, 2013 5:37 PM
I agree with Molly this was a very different and interesting way of showing the play. I also think this video shows how this play can appeal to many different audiences
Denis McGovern's comment, March 10, 2013 9:48 PM
Thanks Molly and Victoria. I work really hard to find a video that was not what someone else was going to pick. I also wanted to peoples attention. Not to gloat but I like this video too.