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Literary analysis

Literary analysis | Holliday, Sueyoshi, Peterson, A Midsummer Night's Dream | Scoop.it

Of multiple themes already discussed, one of the most important is portrayed in the opening scene. Man vs. Woman is a reoccurring theme that starts the play off. Shakespeare obviously wanted to get the point across with this theme because man vs. woman is popular with Theseus and Hippolyta, but also with Titania and Oberon, King and Queen of the fairies.

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Puck, legends and history.

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This article contains some information on the history of the legend that generated Shakespeare's character Puck. It discusses the different names the legend has in different areas. It also touches upon the fact that about two thousand years ago one variation of the legend of "puck" was the devil himself. It also mentions that the mythical character has been portrayed as everything from and old man to a young child or even some animals.

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William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway

In Shakespeare's, "A Midsummer Night's Dream" the love between Hermia and Lysander is forbidden because of Egeus, Hermia's father. William Shakespeare was young when he first started becoming interested in Anne Hathaway. She was 26 when he was just 18, and he impregnated her, causing her to get married. Some people think that their marriage was not a happy one. However, there is another connection to the play. The love that Hermia and Lysander claim to have is broken by a love potion. Similarly, Shakespeare and Hathaway married after she became pregnant. Maybe they only married because of that, just as Hermia and Lysander love each other. It is also possible that Shakespeare's feigning love for Anne Hathaway was what inspired the play. 

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A Midsummer Night's Dream - YouTube

SYDNEY THEATRE SCHOOL Directed by Jerome Pride STARRING: Bonnie Keegan, Ben McKechnie, Christina Moylan, Courtney Fleming, Daniel Franklin, Emma Medbury, Jor...
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The way in which a director has their actor plays a character is important. In this play, Hippolyta backs away from Theseus at first, but then goes back to him. It is an odd way to portray the character, because she was kidnapped and raped by Theseus. Notice the way she acts in the video. 

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Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway.

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This painting represents the relationship of William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway. They were married in 1582 because she was impregnated, and lived together until he went to London to write and produce plays. Forbidden love is a common theme in his play, "A Midsummer Night's Dream" which was in Shakespeare's life as well.

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