Midsummer Night's Dream Comedy Analysis

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William Shakespeare: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”; what’s in a comedy?
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is a story written by William Shakespeare. It was written around 1590. It portrays the events surrounding the marriage of Theseus, the Duke of Athens, to Hippolyta. A Midsummer Night’s Dream has many serious elements. It shows the reader the exploration and treatment of many of life’s serious experiences and themes. There is also a comedic element that is present. This element keeps the reader enticed. The one question I kept asking myself, is this story a comedy or tragedy?
Comedy or tragedy? That is the question. William Shakespeare has written many plays. According to Shakespeare online, the general consensus stands at thirty seven plays, however because of the time period no one knows for certain how many more he had written. Shakespeare is seen by much of his audience as a person who always writes tragedies. However, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is not a tragedy. It is a comedy. There are so many different reasons why this is one of Shakespeare’s comedies. This story is about lovers falling in and out of love with each other. In the end they think it is only a midsummer night’s dream. One reason to believe this is a comedy is because it is funny. It makes fun of human weaknesses and mistaken identities.
In a comedy, being funny comes often. The characters such as Bottom, Snug, Quince and Snout make people laugh. An example, “But I will aggravate my voice…” (I. ii. 62-63) Bottom
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There are many different instances in “A Midsummer Night 's Dream” where love is coerced from or thrown upon unwilling persons. This romantic bondage comes from both man-made enchantment of love potions. Messing with the progression of love naturally has consequences. So, is love a remedy to sorrow or the reason for unhappiness? In “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” love led the characters into a world of confusion and huge

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