Simon Kwak One Conversation Benchmark One First entry: A Midsummer Night 's Dream 10/21 1. Cultural/Historical context: I discovered that the play was written by William Shakespeare around 1590-1597. The reason why publish date is not clear is due to some information about Shakespeare and his works were not recorded properly, but there are few facts and theories that are clear. One important event that may be related to why this play was written might have been it was for an aristocratic wedding of Lady Berkeley, or Elizabeth Carey. This theory is significant as since William Shakespeare was asked to write a play related to the wedding, he would have written a wedding between Theseus and Hippolyta in his work to make his play related to Elizabeth Carey, or Lady Berkeley’s wedding.
The quote from Sigmund Freud, “One is very crazy when in love.” is very relateable to Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream. Love is the dominant theme of the play. With the major conflicts surrounding the topic of love. Shakespeare demonstrates two major types of love. Parental love and a regular man and woman relationship.
One of the most time honored pieces of literature is the tale of Romeo and Juliet written by William Shakespeare. The entire story is based around two young lovers, but was it really love that they feel or is it something else? Love is a mystical word because it is a noun that is used to describe itself. Everyone experiences and has felt it so why is it so hard to define if every human knows what it is? There are so many components that all come together to form a different feeling each time.
Throughout the play, dramatic irony is used to build tension and humor in the play. During the play, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, there were also other examples of dramatic irony besides Bottom. Lysander and Hermia are in love, but when Lysander 's new love separates them, everything changed. Also, a fairy queen, Titania, falls in love with Bottom, a worker who looks different. Dramatic Irony is throughout the play to make A Midsummer’s Night Dream interesting and exciting.
“The course of true love never did run smooth,” Lysander, a character in the play A Midsummer Night’s Dream once said. Love was not always easy for the characters Hermia, Helena, Demetrius, Lysander, Titania, and Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. One theme this play shows is how love is not easy. Three scenes that show this are when Helena is pleading love from Demetrius, the love triangle between Hermia, Lysander, and Demetrius, and when Lysander did not love Hermia after being put under a spell. Love was hard for Helena in the beginning of the play because the person she loved did not love her back.
Dreams can be an escape from reality, but dreamers must guard themselves against becoming trapped in that fantasy. Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is the tragic love story of two lovers who are fated to doom. Mercutio’s “Queen Mab” speech explores the idea of how dreams can be deceiving which relates to Romeo and Juliet’s deceptive love for one another. By examining Shakespeare’s use of diction and imagery, the motif of dreams becomes evident. In the exposition, Shakespeare operates the use of imagery in Mercutio’s “Queen Mab” speech.
Names identify, labeling someone in a way that is one’s own yet at the same time shared by thousands. In Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the names of his leading female characters are uniquely their own while also connecting them to higher entities that inspired them. Allusions to the Greek gods and heroes run ramped through Shakespeare’s play; especially obvious in his character names, as some are slightly modified or directly from mythology. These deliberate namesakes are often reflected in the actions or traits of the characters but tend to vary between a connection and a separation. The differences between the play and the film, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, serve at different time to strengthen and weaken the allusion of Helena and Hermia to the mythological Greek characters their names were inspired by.
After a heavy, charged scene (that of Romeo & Juliet meeting on the balcony in her rose garden), Shakespeare voices Mercutio calling for Romeo by talking about Rosaline (his former lover). “I conjure thee by Rosaline's bright eyes, By her high forehead and her scarlet lip.” It is subtle here because Mercutio still doesn’t know about Juliet but it is also subtle in the sense that it offers two elements to the scenario: 1) By mentioning Rosaline before the tragic love story of Romeo and Juliet, it appears that Shakespeare (through Mercutio) is offering us a conclusion from the Rosaline era. 2) Shakespeare lends an emotional value to the love of Romeo and Juliet by contrasting it through Mercutio’s focus on Rosaline’s physical appearance merely. “Shakespeare uses Mercutio's cynical attitude to distinguish Romeo and Juliet's love as innocent, spiritual, and intense. Because the audience is aware that Mercutio's speech falls on deaf ears, Mercutio's speech illustrates that the Romeo, the loves-truck youth, has begun to mature in his outlook on life and love.”
Although Shakespeare’s Othello and Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko had two divergent plots, yet both share the same themes of love, honor and trust; which was specifically portrayed by the main characters Othello and Oroonoko. Who also share indistinguishable qualities. Othello is an example of how Shakespeare masterfully manipulates love as a tragic theme, or cause of misery and sadness, to reveal his characters' vulnerabilities. At the same time, in Oroonoko, love is a theme that allows love triangles to develop, fuels power conflicts, and even leads to death. Othello and Oroonoko shared a main characteristic, they both were men of honor; who would do anything to protect it.
“What say you, Hermia? Be advised, fair maid. / To you your father should be as a god, One that composed your beauties; yea, and one / To whom you are but as a form in wax / By him imprinted, and within his power / To leave the figure, or disfigure it.” In the play A Midsummer Night’s Dream written by William Shakespeare, four lovers are caught in a convoluted love square all the while facing gender belittlement from various disapproving influences. Shakespeare enforces gender roles by demonstrating the difference of authority and expectations males and females have. Shakespeare does so by portraying the view of weak woman, that men are more sensible than women and that men control the actions of women throughout the play.
Love is a universal subject that is significant and important in many lives. At the end of Shakespeare’s play, after a painful past, Demetrius’ fresh and recurring affection for the character Helena and Titania’s immediate infatuation for Nick Bottom is veiled as superficial love. Theseus’ speech about the effects or relationships incorporates how unrealistic love can be. Lysander’s feelings from love to hate towards Hermia represents how quickly emotions change. Hermia’s heart shattered as her own love refused her which expresses how painful love can be.