Prompt Number 2:
Explain the significance of setting in the play. Consider locale as well as time of day/night. What are the different settings and how are they differentiated from one another? What might we say that they stand for, if anything, metaphorically? Are the settings sharply contrasted from one another and in what way(s)? Do the characters act differently as they move through different settings and if so how? What does this contribute to the play? What is the relationship of the structure of the play itself and the structures of the settings? What might be suggested by Shakespeare’s choice to begin and end the play in Athens?
1) MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
D. J. Snider
The Journal of Speculative Philosophy
Vol. 8, No. 2 (April, 1874) , pp. 165-186
Published by: Penn State University Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25665868
I have chosen to use this particular article because it breaks down each setting in the book, fleshing out the different threads that hold the story together through careful analysis of setting. The author of this article also introduces metaphorical aspects of the setting and ties these metaphors to man's nature. The existence of Athens is symbolized as a sphere of comfort in which Man can "enjoy his existence as a self determined being" (Snider 170), as juxtaposed to the forest strips Man of his pettiness and judges him from "without". (Snider 170)
2. Individuation in "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
South Central Review, Vol. 3, No. 2 (Summer, 1986), pp. 1-13
Published by: The Johns Hopkins University Press on behalf of The South Central Modern Language Association
Article DOI: 10.2307/3189362
Article Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org.proxy.wexler.hunter.cuny.edu/stable/3189362
I chose this article because I feel that it plays upon a point that I would like to bring up in my research paper. The article speaks about the role of nature that looms above the play. If the...