The Imperfections of Beauty Essay

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The Themes of A Midsummer Night’s Dream Composition II Drama Analysis 3 May 2012 Word Count: 1642 3 May 2012 The Themes of A Midsummer Night’s Dream One of William Shakespeare's most popular plays, A Midsummer Night's Dream is believed to have been written in the early part of Shakespeare's career, sometime between 1594 and 1596. It was written in a highly creative period in Shakespeare's career, when he was moving away from the shallow plots that characterized his earlier drama and discovering his more mature style. The play traces the romantic escapades of four young Athenian lovers lost on a midsummer night in a forest ruled by fairies. This play is a comedy about love, love that is bound up in magic and ritual, a highly erotic fertility rite that is full of mishap and danger but still has a happy ending. Described as a celebration about what constitutes a couple, it explores fear and the relationship between love and imagination. In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare plays with the themes of Transformation, magic, dreaming, and love to forge an overall meaning for his work. Transformation is sort of a main theme and a very big deal in this play, which makes sense because one of Shakespeare's main sources in literature was Ovid's Metamorphoses. Metamorphoses (Transformation) is a Latin narrative poem in fifteen books by the Roman poet Ovid, describing the history of the world from its creation to the deification of Julius Caesar within a loose mythic-historical framework. A Midsummer Night’s Dream tells the story that the process of mutation, transformation and metamorphosis is natural and regular. When people associate this play with transformation, the first thing that comes to many reader's minds is Bottom's transformation. In the third act of the play, one of the fairies, Puck, magically transforms Bottom's head into one of a donkey.”

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