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The Comedy of the Lovers: Literary Criticism

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This literary criticism focuses on the young lovers and how they aren't really romantic protagonists. They are used for comic relief because they are always comic victims. Shakespeare creates opposite character traits and similar names to confuse his audience. He shows the difference between the mature royal couple and the immature immortal couples. Often, the young lovers act like puppets because they are controlled by magic and the power of love. Shakespeare's used of repetition and predictability make these characters the true comic relief of the play.

 

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. 5 Mar. 2013.

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Chicago Shakespeare Theater - Short Shakespeare! A Midsummer Night's Dream - Shakespeare's Sources

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Shakespeare took ideas from Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Knight's Tale, where Theseus is the Duke of Athens who conquered the Amazons and marries Hippolyta.The two men that Theseus captured are in love with a girl named Emily. In this way, Lysander and Demetrius are both in love with Hermia. Hermia and Helena fight and their friendship is ruined. This also happened with the two men in The Knight's Tale. Not only were characters very similiar, it also took place in Athens and in the woods outside of the city.

 

"A Midsummer Night's Dream - Shakespeare's Sources." Chicago Shakespeare Theater. CST Education Department, 2011. Web. 14 Feb. 2013. <http://www.chicagoshakes.com/main.taf?p=2,55,11,1,5&gt;.

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Brianna Andreoni's comment, March 10, 2013 2:38 PM
I found your insight on this article very informative! I was just wondering if there were any other characters in "The Knight's Tale" that resembled "A Midsummer Night's Dream" characters. -Brianna :)
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The Business of Bill- Historical Article

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Mark Rylance, the artistic director of Shakespeare's Globe, believes that Shakespeare's plays were actually written by Francis Bacon. One of his claims is that Shakespeare lacks the intellectual depth to have written such literary masterpieces. Francis Bacon was educated at a university, unlike Shakespeare, and Rylance believes that Bacon had a whole team of educated writers to help him as well. Another claim is that Shakespeare couldn't have possibly indulged in low activities such as swearing, eating with his bare hands, and drinking ale. This would have been seen as "more McDonald's than Macbeth." However, it is unthinkable to confirm the idea that Shakespeare wasn't truly the author of his plays. Many courses are run every year specifically about Shakespeare. Many people travel to Stratford Upon-Avon just to tour all the Shakespeare shops and history. There is more evidence that Shakespeare was the author than anyone else, so those who deny Shakespeare simply just like other authors better.

 

Leahy, William. "The Business Of Bill." New Statesman 134.4745 (2005): 42-44. Literary Reference Center. Web. 3 Feb. 2013.

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Tracy Ayotte's comment, March 4, 2013 7:38 PM
Melayna, you did a great job presenting today! Your voice was loud and clear the entire time :) I love how you found an article about how Shakespeare didn't write everything himself, and no credit was given to previous authors.
Melayna Prudhomme's comment, March 10, 2013 3:28 PM
Thank you! I believe that Shakespeare could have had multiple different authors helping him, but there's no solid evidence that Shakespeare isn't the true author. -Melayna
Tracy Ayotte's comment, March 10, 2013 3:38 PM
I agree, and you're welcome!
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Puck and Fairies, from "A Midsummer Night's Dream" Picture

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This picture shows Puck, in the middle of every other fairy, to represent his authority/leadership. Oberon is the big fairy, which shows his power as the ruler over the fairies. Some fairies are wearing flower hats and are playing different instruments. This shows that the fairies are quirky, loud, and crazy. A woman, probably Hermia, is lying observing the interesting creatures. This picture represents a mortal entering the magical, fairy dimension.

 

Paton, Joseph N. "Puck and Fairies from "A Midsummer Night's Dream"" N.p., 1850. Web. <googleartproject.com>.

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Midsummer Nights Dream Video

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Disney reproduced Shakespeare's A MidSummer Night's Dream and turned it into a modern animation using popular Disney characters. Minnie plays Hermia who's in love with Mickey (Lysander). Scrooge McDuck plays Theseus and tried to force Minnie to marry Donald Duck (Demetrius). Daisy Duck (Helena) is in love with Donald Duck and tells him of Mickey and Minnie's plan to escape to the woods. The whole play is transformed into a more simple, kid-friendly version.

 

Disney. "Midsummer Nights Dream." YouTube. YouTube, n.d. Web. 03 Mar. 2013.

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