A Midsummer Night's Dream Essay

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full title · A Midsummer Night’s Dream author · William Shakespeare type of work · Play genres · Comedy; fantasy; romance; farce language · English time and place written · London, 1594 or 1595 date of first publication · 1600 publisher · Thomas Fisher narrator · None climax · In the strictest sense, there is no real climax, as the conflicts of the play are all resolved swiftly by magical means in Act IV; the moment of greatest tension is probably the quarrel between the lovers in Act III, scene ii. protagonist · Because there are three main groups of characters, there is no single protagonist in the play; however, Puck is generally considered the most important character. antagonist · None; the play’s tensions are mostly the result of circumstances, accidents, and mistakes. settings (time) · Combines elements of Ancient Greece with elements of Renaissance England settings (place) · Athens and the forest outside its walls point of view · Varies from scene to scene falling action · Act V, scene i, which centers on the craftsmen’s play tense · Present foreshadowing · Comments made in Act I, scene i about the difficulties that lovers face tones · Romantic; comedic; fantastic; satirical; dreamlike; joyful; farcical symbols · Theseus and Hippolyta represent order, stability, and wakefulness; Theseus’s hounds represent the coming of morning; Oberon’s love potion represents the power and instability of love. themes · The difficulties of love; magic; the nature of dreams; the relationships between fantasy and reality and between environment and experience motifs · Love out of balance; contrast (juxtaposed opposites, such as beautiful and ugly, short and tall, clumsy and graceful, ethereal and

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