William Shakespeare 's A Midsummer Night 's Dream And Romeo And Juliet

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The Shakespearean notion of comedy and tragedy have been interpreted by countless critics as absolute contradictions of one another. For instance, there is a belief that the everlastingly romantic tale of Romeo and Juliet is unambiguously a tragedy, just as A Midsummer Night’s Dream is undoubtedly a comedy. Each possesses separate, defining, characteristics which drastically alter the storyline of a play, and develop the end into either one of comedic proportion: in which there is the promise of character procreation, or a tragic one whereas the ending will signal their untimely demise. In this manner, they are a complete antithesis of one another. However, the characteristics that define the Shakespearean understanding of comedy and…show more content…
More precisely, although comedy and tragedy may be balanced upon diverse principles, they must follow this pattern in order to gain the desired effect. Along with this pattern are various aesthetics that provide support to the comedic and tragic elements of Shakespeare’s works. Grady argues that throughout the plays of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet, the interaction “between the sexes … humanity and nature, and between imagination and reality” (287) are essential to the thematic structure. Furthermore, by observing how these particular instruments of literature connect with one another, it becomes easier to understand the comedic actions involved in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and how it mirrors the same progression as Romeo and Juliet; primarily revolving around the characters of Hermia and Juliet, and their reception to the patterns and aesthetics illustrated. The first act of A Midsummer Night’s Dream opens with the immediate introduction of the conflict at hand: like all romantic tales, Hermia is divided from her true love by the harsh disapproval of her father. Shakespeare’s portrayal of daughters shows them not as individuals, but rather as pieces of property to their fathers. They are forced to assume certain roles in order to satisfy the needs of the man in charge, whether it be their father or eventually a husband, in order to maintain the balance of order within the play. It is because of this that Hermia is voiceless
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