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Archetypes present in Midsummer Nights Dream A Midsummer Nights Dream was written and produced during a period of English history that was not the most productive for farming In fact it was a time when nature was anything but typical During the years of 1594 97 England had undergone four bad harvests in a row an odd weather pattern turned normally warm summer days into chilly winter ones The overwhelming number of peasant farmers most times superstitious looked for an answer to this unfortunate weather pattern Due to the fact that these farmers meals and futures of their families rested in the hands of good harvests a positive relationship with the forces and spirits of nature was perceived as crucial to their existence And this invariably led to what was often termed the religion of the soil Always wishing to please his target audience the goundlings while of course placating the crown Shakespeare drew upon these notions of fairydom to further confuse the drama that transpired between reality and appearance This also gave something or someone for the commoners to blame ie Puck The myth of fairies is one that has existed in countless cultures since the dawn of time Each culture has its own version of these entities in some form or fashion The original fairies or faeries granted gifts to newborn children such as beauty wealth or kindness But as time went on and word of mouth increased almost invariably these fairies became diverse in their functions Great many cultures continued to have this benevolent approach to fairies but more and more started to believe their activities expanded into other types of meddling in human affairs The English term fairy originally comes from the Old French faerie from the Latin fata which means fate This means that the very roots of the word are with the classical Greek Fates believed to control the destiny of the human race on a
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