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Mandy Conway Mrs Guynes English 12 16 March 2000 A Critical Analysis of A Midsummer Nights Dream William Shakespeare born in 1594 is one of the greatest writers in literature He dies in 1616 after completing many sonnets and plays One of which is A Midsummer Nights Dream They say that this play is the most purely romantic of Shakespeares comedies The themes of the play are dreams and reality love and magic This extraordinary play is a play-with-in-a-play which master writers only write successfully Shakespeare proves here to be a master writer Critics find it a task to explain the intricateness of the play audiences find it very pleasing to read and watch A Midsummer Nights Dream is a comedy combining elements of love fairies magic and dreams This play is a comedy about five couples who suffer through loves strange games and the evil behind the devious tricks This play begins as Theseus the Duke is preparing to marry Hippolyta He woos her with his sword Hermia is in love with Lysander Egeus Hermias father forbids the relationship with Lysander and orders her to marry Demetrius Demetrius loves Hermia but she does not love him On the other hand Helena is in love with Demetrius To settle the confusion Theseus decides that Hermia must marry Demetrius or become a nun In retaliation to her fathers command Hermia and Lysander run away together Amidst all the problems in the human world Titania and Oberon the fairy queen and king continually argue about their various relationships that they have taken part in Scott 336 Titania leaves Oberon as a result of the arguments Oberon is hurt and wants revenge on Titania So he tells Puck Oberons servant to put a magic flower juice on her eyelids while she is sleeping This potion causes the victim to desperately in love with the first creature that they see Oberons plan is carried out but the potion
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