A Midsummer Night's Dream Essay

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream: by William Shakespeare William Shakespeare was born in April 1564. He had married at the age of eighteen to a twenty-six year old woman named Anne Hathaway in 1582. He had a daughter named Susanna and twins, Judith and Hamnet. Hamnet, his only son, died at age eleven. Shakespeare died in April 1616. Despite the fact that Shakespeare wrote some thirty-seven plays, owned part of his theatrical company, acted in plays, and retired a relatively wealthy man in the city of his birth, there is much we do not know about him (Jacobus, 167-169). One of the plays that Shakespeare wrote was A Midsummer Night’s Dream. A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1595-1596) is an early comedy and one of Shakespeare’s most beloved works. …show more content…
The purpose of this essay is to reassess A Midsummer Night’s Dream as a dual-locale comedy, its meaning essentially linked to the dialectical relationship of Theseus’ court to the wood outside Athens. Such a reading brings together Renaissance attitudes to the revivification of classical mythology in the context of Christian neo-platonic doctrine, reinforces our expectations concerning the Shakespearean love ethic which, in the world of the comedies, ideally “looks not with the eyes but with the mind,” and attains contemporary pungency via its basis in beliefs concerning the power of witchcraft (Ormerod, 39-52). Puck plays a very important role in the play. The philologists long ago discovered the devilish origin of Puck. Puck is simply one of the names for the devil. His name was invoked to frighten women and children, together with the ogre and the incubus (Kott, 107). Puck was supposed to put a spell on Demetrius while he was sleep with love-juice so when he woke up he would fall in love with Helena. It didn’t quite work out that way. Puck had put the love-juice on the wrong person instead. He had cast the…