The art of storytelling is at the heart of fairy tales. Since the beginning, fairy tales have captivated readers with its magical worlds and enchanted characters. Quintessential to fairy tales are destined happy endings and the clear division between good and evil. The nature of these stories creates distorted perceptions that do not align with reality, making it difficult to distinguish between reality and illusion. This is portrayed in Terry Pratchett’s Witches Abroad, in which Lilith Weatherwax struggles to free herself from the fictitious world she has fabricated.
The play, No Fear A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by John Crowther, is a edited version of William Shakespeare’s play, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” The point of this source is to give the audience an entertainment by creating silly situations. The use of dramatic irony gives the play extra comedy. The romance gave the play a fun twist the keeps the audience wondering what is going to happen next. This was a very relevant source that was beneficial to my research paper. This is mostly because I am writing the paper based off this book.
Love potion is appeared in many stories. Some of them are “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Harry Potter and the half-blood prince.” In the story “A MIdsummer Night’s Dream”, love potion is a juice of purple flower or sometimes called “love-in-idleness.” It is used for several times with several people and several situations. First example is when Robin, a mischievous spirit puts love potion in
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by William Shakespeare is a comedic tale of lovers, fairies, and horrible actors. In this play, like most of Shakespeare’s plays, has many parts. All of the various parts and characters intertwine and all coincide into a complicated plot. Demetrius; Helena’s unwanted suitor brings tension into the the lopsided love triangle. Robin Goodfellow; a mischievous sprite who serves the king of fairies Oberon, also brings much conflict but is has a wonderful sense of humor.
An ultimate ending can be the “happily ever after” ending in fairytales or fulfilling a mission in tales of quests. There are numerous glorious characters that have been illustrated as antagonists in the stories and poems written by renowned writers, namely, William Shakespeare. In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, William Shakespeare introduces a captivating character, Oberon, King of the Fairies. It cannot be easily identifiable that King Oberon is the antagonist, however as the plot thickens, it can be argued that he does indeed take on the role as the villain. On the contrary, in the unknown author’s poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the Green Knight takes on the challenging role of the antagonist, which is clear from the very beginning of the poem.
William Shakespeare uses magic to create conflict, emphasize humor, and balance out the play. Magic is used very early on in the play to establish the main conflicts in the plot. A conflict is aroused in the beginning by Puck: “Churl, upon thy eyes I throw… when thou wakest, let love forbid…” (Shakespeare 2.2. 65-67). With the magic in his hands, Puck causes the lovers to become unbalanced and confused throughout the play.
The theme of dreams is very important in the Midsummer Night’s Dream play by William Shakespeare. The dreams in this play help emphasize the meaning of the play. Hippolyta’s first words in the play evidence the prevalence of dreams (“Four days will quickly steep themselves in night, / Four nights will quickly dream away the time”), and various characters mention dreams throughout the play as well. Shakespeare managed to present ideas of dreaming brilliantly throughout the play. Hence, in the play, when the lovers went to sleep and dreamt, Shakespeare made us think two important questions; whether dreaming is a reality or is reality dreaming?
The dichotomy between the mortal and supernatural world in A Midsummer Night’s Dream plays into William Shakespeare’s comedic tradition on a superficial level. What underlies for humour, love and fantastical dramatisation plays into a satire that exposes and mocks a deeply insidious political and social structure that insists on an dark, artificial and redundant conformity. The delicate political structure, of both mortal and supernatural realms in the play, is subverted ironically by chaos built on the foundations of love. -In the mortal realm, Hermia subverts the patriarchal order when she fights for her rights to true love against her father’s orders to marry Demetrius. The Athenian law, personified here in the play through Theseus, the Duke of Athens, states that a father “should be as a god” (31).
The tragic downfall is a common plot element used in tragedies. In Shakespeare’s Macbeth this rings true as a noble man is engrossed with blind ambition and becomes a tyrant. Shakespeare uses witches and fate to lead Macbeth to his own downfall and demise. The witches use prophecies to entice Macbeth that what he is doing is right and everything will work out in his favor. The prophecies also affect other characters into persuading him into committing acts that he normally would not do if it weren’t for the false hope that the witches had given him.
As a result, dreams seems to reflect reality. Back to the Elizabethan period, where modern literature wildly spread through Shakespeare’s works where his literary pieces are loaded with dream motifs, and since dreams in that period of time are prophetic. Therefore, the purpose of using dreams in Shakespeare is to refer to the future or upcoming events. Furthermore, dreams in A Midsummer night’s dream are associated with the magical forest where the lovers sleep and wake up on a magical spell that Puck’s used in order to create love conflict, which makes the lovers feel that they are day-dreaming. In the end of the play, Puck gives his final speech where it mentioned; “If we shadows have offended, think but this and all is mended, that you have but slumber’d here, while these visions did appear.
lines 25-28). Personally, this is one of my favorite quote in the book, because this quote shows what “true love” is supposed to be. The humorous fact in this quote is that “true love” is manifested by the fairy queen and a human who has been transformed into an ass. This shows that in true love anything can happen. The irony of this quote is that the love Titania has for Bottom is not real, and that it is being controlled by a magic potion.
Outside Sources In “A Midsummers Night’s Dream” it has some outside sources with mythical creatures and magic as well as Summer and arranged marriages. The use of a mythical creature such as Puck, as a symbol in the book, leads the readers to have to believe in magic. As Puck’s mistake of spreading the love potion on the wrong person’s eyelids leads to more magic having to be performed, the reader has to give into fantasy to make the story enjoyable. The satire of the arranged marriage sets up the whole play because the lovers run away because they don’t want to be married to the people their parents have chosen. Summer then plays a huge role in this play as it allows the characters to roam around in this forest without being in danger to