A Midsummer Night’s Dream Essay examples

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

In Shakespeare’s comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream one finds the typical use of love and nature that is evidence of Shakespeare’s youth and experimentation. He creates in this play another world, a fairy world where Puck is the ringleader and love is everywhere. Called "fancy’s child" by Milton, Shakespeare brings out his cheerful happiness in its most light-hearted manner in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

A frequent observation by most critics is Shakespeare’s use of nature imagery. It is most obvious in this play because of the setting: it is hard to escape nature and its effects when the majority of the play occurs in the wood. Shakespeare uses birds to create an audible atmosphere ("more tunable than lark to
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For Puck, at the end of the play, the moon serves as his cue to come out and cause mischief (259). Besides presiding as a constant clock over all that goes on in the play, the moon also has an effect on the people, the lovers in the play. For it is when the moon comes out that night takes over and that lunacy prevails and creates havoc in the lives of the lovers. Because the moon was full, the midsummer lunacy was excusable and explainable (Fleissner 2).

According to John Arthos, "Love and the moon are always discovering the precious, and in the dark … sight and love become one" (Arthos 87). He gives the moon and love some of the same qualities and characteristics: everything happens in the moonlight, its beauty can relieve strife, and it changes everything beautiful into something exquisite, reflections into images of goddesses (86). The same thing can be said for the effects of love. He also personifies the moon saying that only it knows and sees the lovers (85). By doing this he adds to the moon’s already powerful figure. In Horne’s book, Shakespeare’s Philosophy of Love, he insists that love has good judgement because it sees that which no one else can see (Horne 47), thus giving it the same omniscient qualities attributed to the moon by Arthos.

Love in this play is both a means of causing trouble and of reconciling that trouble. The lovers get mixed up and fall for someone else, thus

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