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Shakespeare often used certain themes or characters throughout many of his plays One such theme that is present in many of his plays in the idea of magic and the supernatural although many of his tragedies have such elements only two of his comedies have this trait Those two comedies are A Midsummer Nights Dream and The Tempest Both plays have a magic element that is the driving force in the play and the reason why things work out for the better In A Midsummer Nights Dream the fairies Puck and Oberon play with the feelings and emotions of the characters The characters than go through a time of chaos and disorientation while in the forest Without this divine intervention the characters would not have fell in love and all would not have been happy in the end Also Nick Bottom would never have came to his astounding conclusion about human behavior Oh what fools these mortals be happens to be one of the most notable and widely cited quotes from the play In The Tempest Prospero uses his magic powers in order to make his thoughts a reality just like Puck Just like in A Midsummer Nights Dream the intervention of the powers cause events to happen that would not have otherwise occurred Without Prosperos interference the ship would not have been destroyed and none of the characters would have come to the island and none of them would have had the revelations that they did In A Midsummer Nights Dream Shakespeare has the supernatural element looking down on all of the characters and playing with them mostly for their own amusement They can watch and see the consequences of their actions unfold The Tempest on the other hand has the supernatural powers in the hands of a human character who can not directly see the consequences of his actions or watch the other characters at all times although Ariel does
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