Friday, January 25, 2008

Four Scenarios in "A Midsummer's Night Dream"

"A Midsummer's Night Dream" has four different character situations that make this Shakespearean play greatly funny and enjoyable.

First, there are the lovers, Lysander, Demetrius, Hermia, and Helena, who go against parental authority (Thesues, Hippolyta, and Egues) and are involved in 'trickery,' trying to connect to their perfect mate, giving us one scenario.

Second, Peter Quince, Nick Bottom, Francis Flute, Tom Snout, Snug, and Robin Starveling ( I call them the Court Jesters) keep the laughs coming in their situation.

I divide the Third and Forth scenarios between Oberon, King of the (Dark) Fairies and Titania, Queen of the (Bright and Light) Fairies who both want possession of the beautiful young boy, causing Oberon to go to 'devilish' means to capture him.

In my opinion, each scenario could stand on its own to create a story, or play. By twisting, turning, and intertwining the excitement of each situation with the other, Shakespeare shows his genius once again to captivate and control our extreme emotions (Love, Hate, Surprise, Excitement, Wonder, etc.).


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