William Shakespeare 's A Midsummer Night 's Dream Essay

1141 Words Mar 6th, 2016 5 Pages
In the play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by William Shakespeare, the use of magic has a huge impact on the story line. William Shakespeare represents this magic in multiple ways. Some of the ways that he represented this magic was through the fairies, the love that’s affected by magic, and the flower nectar or the potions. The use of magic during this play also makes the play more humorous. Through the combination of elements representing the use of magic, the plot of the story is brought to life. Magic is described as something that seems similar to a dream. Edgar Allan Poe states, “All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream”. This magic contributes to the fact that the story line is crazy and surreal.

During this play of fantasy, it is noted that the fairies are very significant representations of the use of magic. The fairies are magical along with their world and existence, which are related to the cycles of the moon. It seems to be a coincidence that all of the fairies’ magic seems to happen when the moon is present. The combination of both the fairies and the moon contributes to create a mystical aura. When the fairies are mentioned in the play, Shakespeare creates the effect of escaping the real world and turning off its reality. Puck is a very mischievous fairy that also contributes to the sudden transformation due to magic. He accidentally makes mistakes, like turning Nick Bottom’s head into that of a donkey for example. He also causes confusions to…

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