How Does Act 1 of a Midsummer Night's Dream Conform to Your Expectations of the Play Being a Dramatic Comedy?

352 Words2 Pages
One way in which Act 1 of A Midsummer Night’s Dream conforms to my expectations of a dramatic comedy is through the use of setting. Act 1 opens with it being set in the city of Athens and this evokes normality. However Lysander, when talking to Hermia, mentions meeting ‘in the wood, a league without the town’ the following night. The ‘wood’, also known as the ‘second world’, represents freedom but also disorder and confusion. This therefore conforms to my expectations as it foreshadows chaos that would therefore lead to comedy later on in the play. Similarly, Quince also refers to the second world when in conversation with Bottom, Flute and Snug; ‘meet me in the palace wood a mile without the town’. The fact that they are also meeting in the wood suggests freedom, compared to the ordinariness of the city, which could turn into mischief and insanity, consequently producing light hearted humour. Next, Shakespeare uses puns, sarcasm, insults and wordplay to create the genre of a dramatic comedy. Quince’s pun, ‘for it is nothing but roaring’ (when in conversation with Snug) alludes quick-witted humour. Quince’s double-entendres are also amusing, ‘some of your French crowns have no hair at all…’ Quince’s repartee particularly displays the typical features of a comedy. Thirdly, the use of sarcasm and insults also enforce my expectations of the play being a dramatic comedy. ‘You have your father’s love, Demetrius’ is one example of sarcasm, as said by Lysander. His comment comes across as sarcastic as he is mindful, and perhaps jealous, of the fact that his lover’s father wishes her to marry another man - Demetrius. This therefore makes the play a dramatic comedy as although the sarcasm may be amusing; the multiple love obstacles the characters must overcome make it dramatic. Next, Lysander’s insults accentuate the genre of the play, ‘upon this spotted and inconstant
Open Document