Fantasy vs. Reality in a Midsummer Night's Dream Essay

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Brittany Rose Dr. Pulling ENGL 2210-012 8 March 2012 Relationship Between Fantasy and Reality in A Midsummer Night’s Dream In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare easily blurs the lines of reality by inviting the audience into a dream. He seamlessly toys with the boundaries between fantasy and reality. Among the patterns within the play, one is controlled and ordered by a series of contrasts: the conflict of the sleeping and waking states, the interchange of reality and illusion, and the mirrored worlds of Fairy and Human. A Midsummer Night's Dream gives us insight into man's conflict with characteristics of human behavior. The play begins in the City of …show more content…
Theseus says that even the best theatrical productions are "shadows", and that imagination can "amend" a bad play so it seems good. This dramatic world where dreams are a reliable source of vision and insight, consistently truer than reality, seek to interpret and transform. The vivid imagery establishes a fantastical dreamy state in A Midsummer Night's Dream. The day time evokes realistic, matter-of-fact life whereas the night creates a mystery. Shakespeare paints a harsh, colorless world of responsibility and obligation, the opposing suggesting a world of illusion where almost anything is possible, a place where all conflicts are created and magically resolved. While the reader can easily see the fairies in this play, they are a mystery to the more serious human characters, making their ethereal. All of the fairies and supernatural entities in A Midsummer Night’s Dream are shadowy creatures that only come out to play in the night. In some senses, because they operate under the blanket of night and without care for the well-being of the humans. In Act 1, Shakespeare introduces the “daylight” queen and king, Hippolyta and Theseus. In Act 2, he introduces the “nighttime” queen and king, Titania and Oberon, who can be seen as doubles of the first pair. Hermia and Helena mirror each other in many ways. They are best friends who have been brought up together, and are both frustrated in love. Even their names sound alike!

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