Quiz on a Midsummer Night's Dream

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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM Mc Evoy, Sean. 2005 (2000) “Comedy and Power: A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. Shakespeare: The Basics. London and New York: Routledge. (pp.137-42). 1- Give two examples which show that, in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, “violence is […] transformed into art” (139). One of the two examples in which we find that the violence is transformed into art is when the lovers (Hermia and Lysander and Helena and Demetrius) are in the wood, place where they seem to think that they can choose for themselves, free from state and patriarchal authority. But, this is an illusion. The play demonstrates that state and patriarchal power is enforced not only physically, but by aesthetic means. We understand by aesthetic means whats concerns to the art and beauty. In this play sexual passion and the need for individual liberty are always transformed to an imaginary artistic level. The second case we can find in theAmazon Hippolyta who expressed her rejection about her marriage with the Duke Theseus. But the violence of the Theseus conquest over Hippolyta was to be turned into beauty, aestheticised. 2- Why is the fact that the Athenian lovers speak in the language of Courtly Love significant, according to McEvoy? This fact is of this form because in the Athens, sexual desire is controlled through the conventional language in which it is expressed. These are clichés, not sincere words. Relationships happen in a space and in a language under the control of Theseus. He licenses desire of the lovers. 3-As McEvoy puts it, the world of the fairies is a “parallel power structure to that which obtains [exists] in Athens” (139). Why is it so? Argue and support your answers with examples from the article. This is in this form because the world of the faries is a literary creation, a transformation of the actual world. As a fantasy expression of a ruler’s
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