William Shakespeare 's A Midsummer Night 's Dream Essay

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In William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare crafts a play with three very different viewpoints that can be interpreted in many ways, some with obvious interpretations and other with much less obvious ones. Shakespeare also ends A midsummer Night’s Dream, with an apology that is just as less obvious as some of the play’s interpretation. Yet, If a person looks past the obvious interpretations of the play, one can begin to piece together the possible message, that mortals no matter the status or power they may have on earth, are all subject to greater unseen powers regardless of whether they believe in them or not. Shakespeare’s epilogue at the end of A Midsummer Night’s Dream has also confused many critics about the meaning and has resulted many different interpretations. Shakespeare through the character Robin clearly tries to give a message to the audience but does not give that message clearly for everyone to understand. It appears to be a type of disclaimer, but the exact nature of the offense and the reasoning behind isn’t made clear: “If we shadows have offended, Think but this, and all is mended: That you have but slumbered here, While these visions did appear” (Epilogue 1-4). If the “shadows” in the play offend the audience, one wonders how and why. It is clear that Shakespeare had wished to escape “the serpent’s tongue,” which leads one to believe he was aware of a possible negative reaction. Therefore, he suggests to those who may be offended to
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