Essay about William Shakespeare 's A Midsummer Night 's Dream

1144 Words Dec 3rd, 2014 5 Pages
In the words of Freddie Mercury the lead singer of Queen, “Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Caught in a landslide, No escape from reality. Open your eyes, Look up to the skies and see…” English playwright William Shakespeare plays with this idea of dreams versus reality throughout a number of his production. The William Shakespeare play A Midsummers Night Dream plays with this idea more than any other play production created by the famous playwright. Within this particular play, Shakespeare plays with the idea of a reality and a fantasy world overlapping each other simultaneously. This causes the audience to wonder if Shakespeare is trying to say that the real world and the dream world are connected in a certain way. When one is studying William Shakespeare’s works and looking for references towards dreaming one does not have to look far. Within A Midsummer Night’s Dream the opening of Act II brings us into the fantasy world that Shakespeare created. Now through the fantasy world or green world Shakespeare wants the audience to compare the world to their own dream world. When Shakespeare creates the fantasy world, he expects the audience to use their imaginations to picture how the fairies may appear or how they may act throughout the play. One fairy that audience members must pay special attention to is the always conniving and mischievous character of Puck. Puck of course throughout the play likes to play tricks on the humans that he encounters within the…

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