A Descriptive Bibliography Of Shakespeare 's ' A Midsummer Night 's Dream '
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A Descriptive Overview of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
William Shakespeare was born April 1564 and grew up in Strafford-upon-Avon. He wrote
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in his early years as a playwright. He also wrote the play is a
mixture of romance and comedy. It tells the story of four young people who fall in love with
each other with the aid of magic. Shakespeare managed to create a dream world for the audience
using the characters tied to a plot filled with antics and themes that everyone can relate with.
However, some of the roles in the play show the male role as superior to the female’s role.
“Midsummer Night’s Dream” would be considered a modern day romantic comedy. It uses
New Comedy Style1, that “concentrate on the more common situations” versus the Old Comedy
style that focuses “on brutal attacks on individuals (Martin 228). Shakespeare’s meaning of
comedy is, “going for order and structure to chaos and back to a happy ending using many twists
and turns” (Moore). The play was published in sections “1600 with the First Quarto, the Second
Quarto in 1619, and in 1623 the First Folio” (Moore). Shakespeare did borrow characters from
Geoffrey Chaucer’s story “The Knight’s Tale” main characters, Theseus and Hippolyta (Moore).
Other’s believe he also borrowed some of his plot from other works, “The Golden Ass by
Apuleius, Life of Theseus by Plutartch, King James IV by Robert Greene, The Metamorphoses
by Ovid, Terrors of the