William Shakespeare 's A Midsummer Night 's Dream Essay

1591 Words Oct 12th, 2016 7 Pages
William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is his most famous comedy, second only to A Comedy of Errors. Readers are commonly drawn to its dream-like quality and its many references to dreams. Shakespeare, a master of metaphor, emphasizes the fluid nature of reality in his use of the sky. While it is tempting to analyze Shakespeare’s references to individual aspects of the sky (e.g., the moon), Shakespeare alludes to so many features of the sky or the heavens, that it becomes apparent that all individual components of the sky serve to inform one many-layered metaphor. For the audience, this multi-layered metaphor creates the illusion of otherworldly-ness. The audience is struck by an almost incomprehensible reality. It is something out of control and mythical, and there is an overwhelming aura to all of it. Shakespeare sets a clear precedent by invoking the image of the moon at the beginning of the play. “Four days bring in/Another moon; but O, methinks, how slow/This old moon wanes.” (1.1.2-4). The character of Theseus, Duke of Athens, uses the moon to allude to the passing of time, and to the way his emotions, coupled with time, affect his perception of each. Theseus even blames the passing time for ripping away his passions, using the moon as the object of his aggression. By line 30, two other characters have made reference to the moon. Hippolyta reaffirms Theseus’ perception of the moon in 1.1.9. And then Egeus claims that Lysander wooed his daughter Hermia by…

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