Upper And Lower Class In A Midsummer Night's Dream

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In the end, it does not matter how much you know, but how well you know it. In the play A Midsummer Night’s Dream written by William Shakespeare, the idea of opposites are clearly shown throughout the play. The comparison between the upper and lower class of Athens reveal how two completely different levels of society can become one when it comes to maturity levels. In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, William Shakespeare uses the upper and lower class as antithesis to show that people are foolish because no matter their social ranking, the maturity levels of both classes remain consistently low. The antithesis of upper class and lower class is commonly shown throughout the play, who greatly differ each other when it comes to educational levels. When the laborers are in the middle of acting out the play of Pyramus and Thisbe in Act V, the Duke of Athens states, “this is the greatest error of all the rest; the man should be put into the lanthorn” (V.i.233-234). This quote that Shakespeare uses shows how observant and educated Theseus is. Many similar comments were made from the fellow upper class citizens throughout the play put on by the laborers. These comments and suggestions from the upper class display how they are well educated and knowledgeable compared to the lower class. While the upper class is displayed as knowledgeable, the lower class resembles the complete opposite, which is shown when Philostrate states that the laborers performing the play of Pyramus and Thisbe are
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