Supernaturalism In A Midsummer Night's Dream

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Right away in act one of William Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream he introduces his audience to one of his famous plot dilemmas; forbidden love, however this time instead of a trio like The Thirteenth Night, this classic tale presents four individuals and two fairies battling it out for the chance to capture their hearts desires. Can such a raw emotion be attained through natural persuasions? Shakespeare takes on that challenge in this piece of literature by incorporating element of supernaturalism and mixing it with comedy. Before diving into the details of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a clear understanding of what supernaturalism is will need to be addressed. When thought of with a modernized mindset, supernaturalism is nothing but enlightenment, wonders, and joy all from the unknown. It is the belief that something outside of the known forces of science and nature is responsible for the…show more content…
This theme is still with us today not only in literature but in commercial use using the beauty of mystical beings to market production. Like advertised perfume on a woman’s neck, it contains the same magic as “Love-in idleness”. One drop and upon the fragrance the heart’s desire will be enchanted. Shakespeare’s works with the supernatural has also shaped our mindsets into believing that maybe the impossible can be attainable though mysterious forces. Supernaturalism in A Midsummer Night’s Dream will continue to endure through time because it shares a universal message on love and its power over humans and evokes a parallel continuous world of magic and magical creatures that exists along-side and interferes with the human world, but remains for the most part separate from the human protagonist, despite occasional collisions
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