Set and Costume Design for A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

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Set and Costume Design for A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare Elizabethans were extremely conscious of the parallels between human life and the natural world and I believe that the natural world, often perceived to be well-balanced and harmonious is an example to the human world as similarly it can also suffer discord and unrest. Evidently, the woods demonstrate several factors as although a place of mystery, magic and action in which the fairies feel at home this contrasts with the dangerous, wild place in which humans feel threatened and lonely. Thus, I would describe the woods to be a place of great beauty as well as an area of potential danger. Creating a distinct fairy world, I…show more content…
In order to contrast this demonstrating the more dangerous, mystical form of the woods and the natural world I would have their faces to look more unusual and mysterious using exaggerated make-up in dark colours such as browns, greens, blacks and blues. Their facial expression should also be stern and severe; reflecting that although the woods may appear to be innocent and pure actually, underneath they contains much danger and trepidation. Titania, passionate and stunning, I believe should wear a very beautiful long, flowing dress reaching the floor made out of silk, emphasizing her purity. The top half of the dress should incorporate some figured polyester satin which would have printed butterflies on representing her relation to delicate, natural creatures. Evidently, Titania also has a more sensual side of her nature as the intimacy which she treats Bottom with highlights the difference between his “mortal grossness” and her delicate beauty. Demonstrating this, her dress should be off the shoulders and I would choose her to wear a white, furry shawl to wrap around her back and shoulders to convey her proud, elegant and well-dressed character. Oberon, King of the fairies, represents power in his world in much the same way that Theseus does in the human world. Oberon however uses his power rather differently and is more volatile,

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