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A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM A Midsummer Nights Dream was written in 16th century England In 1595 life was as you can imagine very different During this period Queen Elizabeth I was at the throne England was a Christian country and people greatly honoured the queen Shakespeare was Elizabeth Is poet laureate so his work was highly valued across England Women were treated as second-class citizens In lower class families girls were not usually educated They were expected to do domestic jobs and look after children In the upper class homes things were different Girls were educated but they did not have free opinion Women did not have any rights they had no choice in what they did with their lives or whom they married The father of the girl would choose a suitor for her usually being the wealthiest man available and she was expected to marry him In theatre men would play the part of women The Elizabethans strongly believed in the supernatural Few aspects of sixteenth century life were not affected by the belief of witchcraft Fairies and sorcerers as being real Magic was not as we see it today things that young children believe but as compelling and real Their beliefs in god were very much related to those of witches and demons If you had sinned people believed you had the devil in you In a Midsummer Nights Dream different plots are linked to form a comical play based around magic and love The play is set in an enchanting forest amongst the cowslips hidden deep in the wood is the fairy kingdom I personally think that Shakespeare was very clever in how he devised A Midsummer Nights Dream as he has three very good elements of entertainment love magic and comedy represented with different stories and characters The Lovers represent the effects and powers of love Hermia is prepared to give her life up
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