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Midsummer Night's Dream Magic

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In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare shows how magic influences not only the thoughts but also the actions of the characters of this play. Every time magic was used, there were consequences; hence, magic is the main theme of the of the play.

Magic has been perpetually perceived as negative, some might even say evil, but in the plays of Shakespeare, magic is more whimsical in nature and generates an almost playful setting. Moreover, the kind of magic in this play should not be perceived as threatening, but situations that caused comical situations which were later resolved by magic. Shakespeare believed that when magic meets reason, it can make for a rather amusing play.

The setting of this play is essentially based in a playful forest …show more content…

Puck with his misguided actions made Lysander fall in love with Helena and this is what she has always wanted but was in so much disbelief that she rejected the advances from him. On the inside, she must have been confused and a little smitten with the fact that not only Lysander but also Demetrius both wanted her at the same time, so much so that she did not believe the at all. Nevertheless, Puck brought happiness to Helena and no one was hurt in the process, well maybe Helena was a little insulted, but she ended up with the man of her dreams in the end. It was self-evident by his actions that Puck never meant to hurt anyone, he just did not take into account there being two men that dressed the same, the same as King Oberon had described. “Shakespeare’s fairies cannot resist interfering in the Athenians’ lives” (Brown, 2009). Puck seems to just cause chaos, but after telling the King of his misdoing, the Oberon dismisses him and tells him to correct the issue. The issues between the King and Queen of the fairies started to heat up over the changeling boy. The King is compelled to make him his own and the queen will not allow it. The Queen has her mind made up that the changeling will not leave her sights. “Give me that boy, and I will go with thee. Not for thy …show more content…

Egeus requests the couples return to him and have one giant wedding. With the magic taken out of the picture, Helena is in love with Demetrius and Hermia is in love with Lysander. The final part of the magic in this play is when Bottoms play, which is supposed to be a serious play, was taken as a comedy that everyone loved. After the day was over King Oberon and Queen Titania visit the castle at night and bless the marriages with magic. At this point, Puck enters and tells the audience that if anything offended them to remember ““If we shadows have offended, think but this, and all is mended: that you have but slumbered here while these visions did appear. And this weak and idle theme, no more yielding but a dream, gentles does not reprehend. If you pardon, we will mend” (5.1.440-447). Puck almost leaves it open to the people that watched or read the pay to keep in mind that this may all be a dream.

The use of magic used in the play A midsummer's night's dream was very important. It created balance in the play with the use of humor, love, and conflict. Without magic, the play would not have the same levels of mystery and comedy. In this way, magic was needed for this play to be the success as it is has been for so

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