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A Midsummer Nights Dream A Midsummer Nights Dream was greatly affected by the time in which it was written A few of these affects will be discussed in this essay including how the language was affected by the time how the religious beliefs of that time affected the climax and how the views of the monarchy gave the story its foundation and set the play into motion In the original version of A Midsummer Nights Dream Shakespeare used words like thee and thou He also used phrases that now seem foreign to us Some of those phrases include Why get you gone who ist that hinders you which Hermia said in Act III scene ii in A Midsummer Nights Dream Instead of saying that most people now say Well then go Whos stopping you We say this because that is what is common and what is expected these days just like in Shakespeares time the first version of the phrase was what was expected People in Shakespeares time believed that May Day and Midsummer Day were very important days The two days both symbolize love fertility and a harmless delirium or ecstasy Shakespeare incorporated May Day into his play by scheduling four important events on May Day First Theseus and Hippolyta plan to be married on May Day Second Hermia must give her decision about marrying Demitrious on that day Third the craftsmen plan to present their play that day Fourth May Day is a special time for the faeries Therefore all four levels of the plot reached their climax on May Day Although the English monarchy is not present during most of the play it still plays a very important role The Monarchy is portrayed in the play as being unyielding yet not uncaring This view of the Monarchy is very much how the Queen was viewed at that time The Duke was unyielding and said that Hermia had to do her fathers
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