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Comparing Differnet Acts of Shakespearian Plays: Romeo and Juliet and Midsummer Night´s Dream

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Similarity is all around us in our everyday lives. In every class we take things are compared to one another. Many times people are quoted as saying, “Everyone is different that’s what makes us the same.” This is a very powerful quote that shows in exact context that similarities are all around us. People we meet, books we read, even the days we live all of very clear and common similarities within them. In the texts of Romeo and Juliet and Midsummer Night’s Dream they both were written by William Shakespeare and they both have lovers. Even though they have these similarities the things that will be focused on comparing are Acts 1-3 in Romeo and Juliet and Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The First thing being compared in the two stories
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One of the only things that are similar in both Act 2 is that one event in each of them will completely turn the play upside down. This is clearly shown in Act 2, scene 6, line 37 when the Friar says, “ Till holy church incorporate two in one. ” This event of Romeo and Juliet getting married will both cause the deaths of them both, and the deaths of many others. Also in Act 2, scene 2, Puck Oberon’s mischievous assistant says this, “ When thou wak’st let love forbid.” This line in MSND is where Puck has just put the juice of the flower into Lysander’s eye. Both of these scenes have just destroyed the regular parts of the play and flipped it upside down.

The third and final comparison of the plays is Act 3. Act 3 of these plays is also very different. Romeo and Juliet have just been married when Romeo’s friend Mercutio is killed Romeo kills his killer. Then Romeo is banished and Romeo has a night with Juliet. On the other hand in MSND the third act contains Puck making the Queen and Lysander love something they don’t. Both Act 3s of the plays do have another part of them where they are completely turned around and things go from bad to worse. This is very well shown in Act 3, scene 1, lines 185-186 when the prince says, “ And for that offense immediately we do exile him hence. ” The line for MSND is in Act 3, scene 1, when Titania wakes up and says, “ Be kind
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