Transformation in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" Book Review

Transformation in "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
An analysis of the symbols of the moon, dreams and magic with reference to character transformation in Shakespeare's "Midsummer Night's Dream".
# 119388 | 1,496 words | 1 source | MLA | 2006 | CA
Published on Apr 25, 2010 in English (Analysis) , Shakespeare (Midsummer Night's Dream)

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This paper discusses how In William Shakespeare's play, "A Midsummer Night's Dream", the theme of transformation is clearly visible throughout the entire work. It looks at how many of the characters are transformed during the course of the play, not only in terms of their character, but also in the way they view the world. In particular, the paper examines how what is most interesting in Shakespeare's depiction of these transformations is his textual references to the cycles of the moon, the irrationality of dreams, and the chaotic and transforming nature of magic.

From the Paper:

"The motif of the moon is also significantly linked with the idea of dreams. It seems that, because the moon and dreams share the night, Shakespeare ties them together in a very artistic and symbolic way, particularly through the imagery he creates in his syntax; for example, "Four nights will quickly dream away the time;/And then the moon, like to a silver bow/New bent in heave, shall behold the night" (1.1.8-10). The idea of dreams is also very important to the concept of transformation in the play, as most of the characters are transformed after they sleep. Furthermore, through the constant references to dreams, and his use of dream-like language, Shakespeare makes the characters question, as well as audiences, whether or not everything that happened in the forest was a dream. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Shakespeare, William. A Midsummer Night's Dream. New York: Signet Classic, 1986.

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