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Literary Criticism: The Comedy of the Lovers

Literary Criticism: The Comedy of the Lovers | Xiomara's A Midsummer Night's Dream | Scoop.it

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. 2 Mar. 2013.

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When reading or viewing A Midsummer Night's Dream it is assumed that the four lovers are the main characters. It is typical to focus on the lovers' story and interpret Oberon's function as intervening in it, but instead consider Oberon's intrigue and note the lovers' function that. Shakespeare uses them as tools of comedy instead of characters with freewill. The inability of the lovers to act for themselves adds a significant amount of comedic value to the play. The characters importance in the play lays in their comedic value that Shakespeare creates by making them unwilling participants in the fairies amusement.


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Source: Theseus and the Minotaur

Source: Theseus and the Minotaur | Xiomara's A Midsummer Night's Dream | Scoop.it

"The Helmet Of Horror: The Myth Of Theseus And The Minotaur." Publishers Weekly 253.8 (2006): 151.Literary Reference Center. Web. 2 Mar. 2013.

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Theseus and the Minotaur is a Greek myth that takes place on the island of Crete. Theseus uses tactical thinking to kill the Minotaur and safely exit the labyrinth. This myth is where Shakespeare found the inspiration for his character Duke Theseus in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Shakespeare is notorious for basing his works on classics from the ancient and early Greek and Roman periods. Since Theseus and the Minotaur is a famous Greek myth it is logical to assume that this is the source Shakespeare used for his character Theseus. 

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Historical Article: Feminists in Elizabethan England

Historical Article: Feminists in Elizabethan England | Xiomara's A Midsummer Night's Dream | Scoop.it

Shapiro, Susan C. "Feminists In Elizabethan England." History Today 27.11 (1977): 703. MasterFILE Premier. Web. 2 Mar. 2013.

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Around 1580, about halfway through the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, women in England began to challenge their inferior status to men. Elizabeth appointed women to high offices and set an example herself by being a highly educated, independent woman who was determined to rule as absolutely as her father had. Shakespeare often modeled female characters after women in Elizabeth's court or the Queen herself. The characters modeled after these great women were usually brave, courageous, and impossible to intimidate. The women in A Midsummer Night's Dream that may be shaped by the influence of Elizabeth are Hermia and Titania. Hermia is very brave because she has the courageousness to flee the city of Athens to marry her true love while she is fully aware of the possible consequences. Titania is an independent woman because even when Oberon demands her to hand over the Indian boy she refuses because she made a promise to the boy's mother that she will raise him and she intends to keep that promise. 

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Image: The Quarrel of Oberon and Titania

Image: The Quarrel of Oberon and Titania | Xiomara's A Midsummer Night's Dream | Scoop.it
Paton's painting is an imaginative interpretation of an incident in Shakespeare's play 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'.
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This painting is by Sir Joseph Noel Paton is called The Quarrel of Oberon and Titania. It is an interpretation of what the scene when Oberon and Titania meet in the woods for the first time in the play would look like. They are fighting over custody of the changeling boy. Both Oberon and Titania look annoyed with one another and the fairies around them are partaking in a variety of carefree activities. The less significant fairies are depicted in different styles, some look almost human while others have more of a trollish appearance. This is only one person's interpretation of the world of the fairies but it gives a visual of the fairy monarch in A Midsummer Night's Dream. 

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Video: The Chronicles of Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Gameplay) HD

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This video is a recorded clip from a computer game that was based on A Midsummer Night's Dream. This play has been created into a movie and many modern re-interpretations. In this case it has been transferred to a completely different form of media. It is not at all common for a play to be created into a video game so the fact that A Midsummer Night's Dream was converted to one really shows its timelessness. The play was written in about 1590 and now in 2013 it's possible to buy and play a computer game based on the same play written in the 16th century. 

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Melayna Prudhomme's comment, March 10, 2013 6:37 PM
Xiomara, I loved how you took such a different approach with your video! I would have never known that a video game was created based on the play. When was this released? I wonder who created the game and if it was popular. I'm curious to see if it's a fun game! -Melayna
Kendall Jones's comment, March 10, 2013 6:59 PM
Xiomara, would you ever consider trying out the game yourself? If yes, what do you think it would be like and what do you think the main point of the game is?