"Midsummer Night's Dream" ( Shakespeare ) Essay by The Research Group

"Midsummer Night's Dream" ( Shakespeare )
Examines characters' responses to dream-like experience under Puck's spell.
# 13906 | 1,350 words | 2 sources | 1999 | US
Published on Feb 23, 2003 in Literature (English) , Shakespeare (Midsummer Night's Dream)


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"Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream is a comedy built around the events which take place during one fantastic night in the forest. It is a play about the strange power of dreams--a power which can transform love to loathing, heaven to hell, and men to beasts. This paper will focus on the dream within the play and, more specifically, on the attitudes and judgments of the lovers, Bottom, Theseus, and Hippolyta toward the experience, as expressed in four passages which present their varying points of view.

The first of these passages, the conversation presenting the young lovers' reaction to the night's events (4.1.180-92), is brief but telling. Demetrius, the only one still under Puck's pansy-liquor spell, remains dazed and uncertain whether the dream has actually ended. He even goes so far as to ask the others.."

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