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In consideration of the plays we discussed in class the dramatic contents of each play reflect and develop a category of its own Some that deal with comedies morality and others with tragedies whichever the case maybe each play has its unique style and theme A Midsummer Nights Dream I believe is unusual among Shakespeares plays since it is lacking a written source for its plot The wedding of Theseus and Hippolyta was described in Chaucers Knights Tale and elsewhere The theme of a daughter who wants to marry against her fathers desires was a common theme in Roman comedy Nick Bottom and his friends are comics of amateur players Shakespeare must have derived his forest spirits from oral folk traditions since the mysterious people of the forest might be in turn helpful mischievous or sinister In Henry IV Part I the king relates a folk legend that some night-tripping fairy might steal babies and leave a fairy child or someone elses child People may have believed or half-believed in the fairies They might also have been imaginary figures of fun that personify nature Another kind of medieval play in contrast with Midsummer is Everyman it refers with death directly along with the metaphor life is a precious possession If you have many rituals you must invest them wisely and use them as you should use material goods in a charitable way In the late 15th century English morality play Everyman is summoned by Death he cannot persuade any of his friends to go with him except for Good Deeds Death demands the account book from Everyman and tells him to prepare for his death and as he does he loses all of his companions At the end of the play Knowledge hears the Angels sing and welcomes him in and also hears the Doctor recounting the Moral Everyman In an important way the play Everyman demonstrates the ways in which a person who
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