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It is their task to produce a wedding entertainment, precisely the purpose of the writer on working in this play.

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William Shakespeare I remember the players have often mentioned it as an honor to Shakespeare, that in his writing, whatsoever he penned, he never blotted out a line. He argued that what passes for love in this play is actually a self-destructive expression of passion. Shakespeare was an Irish Catholic, for example. She therefore deserves punishment, and Oberon is a dutiful husband who provides her with one. The two girls go their own separate ways, Helena hoping to reach Athens and Hermia chasing after the men to make sure Lysander doesn't get hurt or killed. Bottom also becomes Ariadne's. It is the offspring of imagination, not reason. He turned his attention to Theseus' speech about "the lunatic, the lover, and the poet" [a] and to Hippolyta's response to it. He was particularly amused by the way Bottom reacts to the love of the fairy queen : completely unfazed. Hermia and Lysander are both met by Puck, who provides some comic relief in the play by confounding the four lovers in the forest. His own egotism protects him from feeling passion for anyone else. On this planet the reputation of Shakespeare is secure. Oberon —King of the Fairies Titania —Queen of the Fairies Robin "Puck" Goodfellow —a mischievous sprite with magical powers Peaseblossom, Cobweb, Moth and Mustardseed—fairy servants to Titania Indian changeling—a ward of Titania Plot[ edit ] Hermia and Helena by Washington Allston , The play consists of four interconnecting plots, connected by a celebration of the wedding of Duke Theseus of Athens and the Amazon queen, Hippolyta , which are set simultaneously in the woodland and in the realm of Fairyland , under the light of the moon.

Davis and William H. That this is a practice contrary to the rules of criticism will be readily allowed; but there is always an appeal open from criticism to nature. InElizabeth Sewell argued that Shakespeare aligns himself not with the aristocrats of the play, but with Bottom and the artisans.

Theseus's statement can also be interpreted to mean "four days until the next month". The first is the Real World of the play, which represents reason. However, during the whole play, Hippolyta never throughly discusses her feeling and ideas about her recent marriage.

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The power of authority, the power to transform perceptions and the power of infatuation and romantic desire all contribute to the theme of love. Page 1 of 5.

He counted among them fantasy, blind love, and divine love.

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