A Midsummer's Night Dream: Comedy or Corrupt?

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A Midsummer’s Night Dream: Comedy or Corrupt? Although most believe A Midsummer’s Night Dream by William Shakespeare is a light, romantic comedy, many well renowned experts such as Jan Katt argue the play encompasses the tragedy of Pyramus and Thisbe and should therefore be considered sinister and violent. In your eyes, is A Midsummer’s Night Dream a violent, erotic play or a lighthearted comedy? Without a doubt, the play is a sweet, light, comedy, intended to entertain the reader as evident in the mistaken identities, the character development of Bottom along the various forms of comedy. All these elements contrast the violent, sinister play many perceive it as. Multiple examples throughout the play reflect that A Midsummer’s Night Dream was written by Shakespeare to entertain the reader. Firstly, A Midsummer’s Night Dream’s relies heavily on mistaken identities to create the humorous effect. Oberon’s unawareness of Lysander and Hermia, a second couple in the forest, enables Puck to mistakenly apply the flower juice to the wrong Athenian youth. This situation shows two examples of mistaken identity, from both Oberon and Puck. Without describing the appearance of the Athenian youth, Oberon says to Puck: A sweet Athenian lady is in love With a disdainful youth. Anoint his eyes. But do it when the next thing he espies May be the lady. Thou shalt know the man By the Athenian garments he hath on. (II.I.268-272). The lack of physical description results in the mistaken identity of the Athenian youth which in turn results in a dramatic irony which becomes quite humorous to the reader.“Night and silence! /Who is here? Weeds of Athens he doth wear,” (II.II.76-77) proclaims Puck, as he stumbles upon Lysander instead. This is a prime example of mistaken identity since Lysander was just another youth in Athenian garments. As a result of Puck’s foolishness, it was
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