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Queens and Dreams Real and Ideal A dream is a wish your heart makes according to Cinderella Are dreams and fairytales an idealistic notion or are they actually conceivable In the play Romeo and Juliet Romeos best companion Mercutio makes a speech reflecting upon the essence of dreams and fantasy Basically it provides a brief comic relief through its mocking tone towards Romeos latest infatuation Romeo is obsessed with Rosaline who barely knows of his existence Mercutio gibes Romeo through his famous monologue which provides explicit imagery Romeo remarks that he had a dream and Mercutio adds that he also had a dream In Mercutios description of his dream the readers grasps a distinct image of Queen Mab a fairylike figure who exploits and changes the dreams of people to those of mischief and materialism Mercutios perception of Queen the true nature of his character and the fact that dreams is the product of routine thoughts of the day are exposed and represented through this one monologue 1Mercutio presents the image of Queen Mab very clearly and his perception of her is strange and interesting 2Touted the fairies mid-wife Queen Mab possesses a name which is already ironic due to its wording and content 3 A fairy typifies fantasy as a whole lovely and untouched innocent and beautiful 4 A midwife brings to mind blood life and death 5 A fairy is a delicate figure a midwife an old hag 6 The description of Queen Mab is also very mysterious and in a way surreal due to the fact that she is so small and almost scary 7 Her traces of the smallest spider webHer collars of the moonshines watry beams Shakespeare 1460-61 8 Mercutio is describing her as ugly using imagery that perceives her to not be attractive as she continues her mission to dilute the dreams of many people 9 Her purpose is twisted at times she gives people the dreams they want
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