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

1144 Words Oct 12th, 2016 5 Pages
William Shakespeare’s complex use of imagery and symbolism is what drives his work from being a rudimentary play to an artistic expression of emotions. A typical play from Shakespeare often holds love and romance as a central theme, which applies to A Midsummer Night’s Dream. On the surface, A Midsummer Night’s Dream portrays itself as a romantic comedy combined with mystical works and lover’s desires, all of which is played under the moonlight. However, a deeper exploration into the work reveals an acute symbolism through the Moon that manages to unify the play as a whole. A common symbol of fertility, the Moon shows up repeatedly, but its effect on the play is variant and evolves as the play continues, which is Shakespeare’s take on the physical properties of the Moon. In a physical sense, the Moon is always present around Earth but has a different emotional effect depending on its phase, especially the full moon. Similarly, in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Moon is a symbol for the themes in the play - it echoes love and its ever-changing tendencies whilst resembling an uncontrollable force.
In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Moon tends to be the only source of lighting for the play, specifically when encountering the chaotic love-mess between the characters. Only under the moonlight do supernatural events take place, where the line between dream and reality is blurred. Being related to the Moon and darkness, dreaming is also an evident theme throughout the play,…

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