Comparing Ibsen's House 'And A Midsummer Night'

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Dreamers Verses Dramatic Writing Styles
Ibsen’s A Doll House and Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night’s Dream are two fictional stories that are written with different intentions. Ibsen’s intentions for writing a piece of literature are completely discrete from those of Shakespeare's. Ibsens ideas are easily relatable to our society's approach to life, but he cannot expand as much with his writing. Shakespeare, on the other side, includes ideas that are not exceedingly relatable to daily lives, however, he is free to expand with his writing in countless different ways. Although Ibsen and Shakespeare share multiple similarities in their writing styles, Shakespeare writes with a dreamers mind set to entertain his audience, while Ibsen writes with
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When Helena asks, “Wherefore was I to this keen mockery born? When at your hands did I deserve this scorn?...That I did never, no, nor never can deserve a sweet look from Demetrius’ eye” (Act II, Scene II), Helena thinks that she is being fooled with, because Demetrius has never shown any affection towards her. The real cause for Demetrius’ love towards Nora is not a real life possibility in our daily lives, but instead is only fiction because of the love potion that Demetrius drank. By creating this little argument between true love or not, Shakespeare includes the love potion to make the plot a little different and interesting, rather than only writing about a life event that we could compare too, which is not as interesting and very predictable. Two other characters that have an argument which entertains Shakespeare's’ audience in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, are Oberon and Titania, the King and Queen of the fairies. “For Oberon is passing fell and wrath because that she, as her attendant, hath a lovely boy stolen from an Indian king...and jealous Oberon would have the child knight of his train, to trace the forest's wild” (Act II, Scene I). Oberon and Titania have a solid relationship up until Oberon finds out that Titania has stolen an Indian boy to keep for herself. Oberon's jealousy leads to problems in their relationship, furthermore leading to Oberon using magic to put Titania under a spell. The irony visible here is that Oberon and Titania are fairies, and are not meant to adopt and keep children for themselves. By creating these two fairy characters, Oberon and Titania, to adopt the Indian boy, Shakespeare creates amusement for his audience. In all, Shakespeare's comical writing creates entertainment for his audience, in order to give the audience a great
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