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Introduction to Midsummer Nights Dream
Transcript of Introduction to Midsummer Nights Dream
Introduction to Midsummer Night's Dream
Lysander & Helena
The plot as four mini-stories
King Oberon &
Overview of Midsummer
symbolize the unreasoning, fickle, erratic, and undeniably powerful nature of love, which can lead to inexplicable and bizarre behavior and cannot be resisted.
Theseus and Hippolyta
the ruler of Athens and his warrior bride, to represent order and stability, to contrast with the uncertainty, instability, and darkness of most of the play.
The Craftsmen’s Play
symbol for A Midsummer Night’s Dream itself:
a story involving powerful emotions that is
made hilarious by its comical presentation.
The entire play is constructed around groups of opposites and doubles. Contrast serves as the defining visual characteristic of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. perhaps the play’s central motif; there is no scene in which extraordinary contrast is not present.
The theme of love’s difficulty is often explored through the motif of love out of balance—that is, romantic situations in which a disparity or inequality interferes with the harmony of a relationship.