Allegory in a Midsummer Night’s Dream

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Allegory in A Midsummer Night’s Dream Allegory was an established feature of Elizabethan life, and was mentioned by a range of contemporary literary commentators. As Sir John Harington emphasized in the introduction to his translation of Orlando Furioso (1591), the honeyed sweetness of the verse is not where the underlying meaning of an Elizabethan text is to be found, and those of stronger stomachs should look beneath the surface to digest the allegory. Traces of allegories being employed on the English Renaissance stage include the plays of John Lyly, personified figures such as Rumour in the plays of Shakespeare, the stage directions in Wilson’s plays, the administrative papers that describe the symbolism of Gorbudoc, and occasional accounts of audience reactions to plays like The Cradle of Security or the political allegory in The Game at Chess (qtd. In Hudson 3) A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a comic play penned by Shakespeare in the Elizabethan era when allegorical plays were used to amuse the spectators as well as provide a commentary on any situation in indirect and subtle meanings. A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a play that is an allegorical discussion of the Roman and Jewish war of 66-73 C.E. In1998, Patricia Parker, an expert on the play presented to the world that the play contained religious allegory. She debated that every character in the play is inter linked and a part of the complete bigger picture. Titania(Titus Caesar) is fighting Oberon (Yahweh) , god of Jews who has come from India. Titania has stolen the Indian changeling boy (the Messiah) from the Jews and his mother Virgin Mary (votaress). The flower of ‘love-in-idleness’ is an allegorical implication to the Gospel which has made people love Bottom/Pyramus, an indication towards Jesus. Oberon decides to take revenge and with the assistance of Puck or Robin Goodfellow, both words which are
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