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Critical Companion to William Shakespeare: A Literary Reference to His Life and Work

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LITERARY CRITICISM- In this article, it is discussed that the play "A Midsummer Night's Dream" was written for the purpose to be performed at a wedding. In the play itself, most events or stories within the play are related to the main marriage taking place-- that of the Duke, Theseus. It is written that the play is focused on the theme of marriage pretty consistantly throughout the story, and examples are given. Such examples include certain characters' roles, like the craftsmen. The craftsmen relate to the theme of marriage because they put on a play at the wedding which was intended to entertain all the guests. In addition, many of the subplots in the play relate to marriage as well. This argument is valid because when examining each situation in the play, they each connect back to marriage in some type of way. For example, Hermia and Lysander have their own separate love situation from that of Theseus and Hippolyta, yet their story connects to marriage as well because Hermia is supposed to be MARRYING Demetrius, but she's running away with Lysander to MARRY him.  

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Boyce, Charles. "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Critical Companion to William Shakespeare: A Literary Reference to His Life and Work, Critical Companion. New York: Facts On File, Inc., 2005. Bloom's Literary Reference Online. Facts On File, Inc. http://www.fofweb.com/activelink2.asp?ItemID=WE54&SID=5&iPin= ccshak024&SingleRecord=True (accessed February 25, 2013).

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Romeo and Juliet

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SOURCE- One source that Shakespeare draws on and transforms in order to put together "A Midsummer Night's Dream" is "Romeo and Juliet". There are many obvious similarities between the two works. An example would be the general plot. In both plays, two teens fall in love inconveniently. Their families despise the marriage of the two children. So, the two lovers plot to escape and fulfill their love somewhere where they can be free of parental control. There is a confusion in the communication of the plan. These events occur in both plays which proves that the plots are certainly based on one another. 

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Atchity, Kenneth John. "Romeo And Juliet." Masterplots, Fourth Edition (2010): 1-4. Literary Reference Center. Web. 24 Feb. 2013.

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Chapter 6: Understanding comedy.

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HISTORICAL ARTICLE- This article examines the definition of comedy and Shakespeare's usage of it in his tragic plays. It explains that Shakespeare's  comedy typically follows young people's love stories as they attempt to escape their parents' control and reach marriage. It refers specifically to the famous tragedy/comedy "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and how the love story of Hermia and Lysander (along with other characters) illustrates a rebellion which was considered comical back then. In addition, this article discusses marriage and love and how it was portrayed in literature and comedy. Feminists' views on the women of English society in that time were also presented. This article informs my reading of the play by giving me a new outlook on comedy in Shakespeare's works. It makes me realize that these tragic love stories, such as the ones in A Midsummer Night's Dream, are what was considered comical back then and they were meant to excite and entertain the audience rather than make them sad.

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McEvoy, Sean. "Chapter 6: Understanding Comedy." Shakespeare: The Basics. 125-149. n.p.: Taylor & Francis Ltd / Books, 2000.Literary Reference Center. Web. 6 Feb. 2013.

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Act III Scene 1

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IMAGE- This photo is relevant to "A Midsummer Night's Dream" because it is a shot of a scene being performed in the play. This is a picture from Act 3, Scene 1 when Titania awakes and falls in love with the first thing she sees -- Bottom, whose head had been turned into a donkey's head as a prank by Puck the fairy. This photo sparks my interest as a member of the audience because it is well illustrated that Titania truly does fall in love with the first thing she sees, regardless of its appearance.

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Gabrielle Lafond's comment, March 10, 2013 5:09 PM
I really like this image choice because you are right when you say she really does fall in love with the first thing she sees! I also like how you included the act and scene from the play that the picture is relevant to. Your description is easy to follow (:
Molly Kachanis's comment, March 10, 2013 6:14 PM
I agree with what gabby said and how you explained the image. the incorporation of the image was really good in the presentation. I think this image really explains what you were talking about and that it went really well with the rest of your presentation
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Midsummer Night's Dream - Part 2 (1999)

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VIDEO- In this video, Act 3, Scene 2 from "A Midsummer Night's Dream" is represented. The Disney characters represent specific characters from the play. Goofy plays Puck. Minnie and Mickey Mouse play Hermia and Lysander. Daisy and Donald Duck play Helena and Demetrius. In this clip, Puck returns to Oberon and states that he's finished the job. Oberon realizes Puck has given the potion to the wrong Athenian, and Oberon points out which Athenian he was supposed to give it to as they enter the scene. Minnie is upset because she has lost Lysander. Helena enters as she's running away from Lysander who is now in love with Helena because of the potion mix up. Now they all meet, Puck gives the potion to Donald so he loves the right girl, Helena, and Hermia and Lysander are taken care of by Oberon. This is significant because it is a very modern representation of Shakespeare, yet it still feels extremely relevant, even to young children. 

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