The Mechanical's Play in a "Midsummer Night's Dream."
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This paper is based around characters that are featured in Shakespeare's play "A Midsummer Night's Dream". The paper first relates that, amid this complicated play, there is the tale of the six mechanicals or craftsmen. The paper then explains how Shakespeare differentiates between them and the other members of his play by use of different language and style.
From the Paper:"The mechanics have retreated to the woods outside Athens to rehearse the play that they intend to present at the wedding of Theseus and Hippolyta. The play is the classical story of Pyramus and Thisbe. These were two young lovers, living in houses that shared a common wall, whose parents had forbidden them to marry. Their only means of communication was through a crack in the wall of their adjoining houses. Eventually, they were unable to stand separation any longer, and agreed to elope, meeting in the nearby woods. On the appointed night, and taking advantage of the darkness, they slipped out of their respective houses. Thisbe arrived first at the appointed place by a mulberry tree, to find a lioness, her mouth bloody from a recent kill. Terrified, Thisbe fled, dropping her veil as she ran. The lioness then mauled the veil, leaving it torn and covered with blood. Coming on the scene and finding only the torn bloody veil, Pyramus assumed that the lioness had killed Thisbe. In his wild grief, he stabbed himself. Thisbe, emerging safe from her hiding place, and finding Pyramus dead, killed herself. In commemoration of this tragedy, the mulberry tree beside which the lovers took their lives now bears purple berries, instead of the white it had originally grown. (Rivers)"
Sample of Sources Used:
- Rivers, Edmand. "Pyramus and Thisbe." Encyclopedia Mythica. Dated June 24, 2005; accessed March 18, 2007; available at <http://www.pantheon.org/articles/p/pyramus_and_thisbe.html>. Internet.
- Shakespeare, William. A Midsummer Night's Dream. Peter Holland, ed. New York, New York: Oxford University Press, 1994.
- Shakespeare, William. Romeo and Juliet. Roma Gill, ed. New York, New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.
- Shakespeare, William. Twelfth Night. Roma Gill, ed. New York, New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.
- Shakespeare, William. Henry IV, Part I. Roma Gill, ed. New York, New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.
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