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Introduction to Midsummer Nights Dream

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Alexa Fama

on 31 August 2014

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Transcript of Introduction to Midsummer Nights Dream

Plot
Elements:
Symbols
Introduction to Midsummer Night's Dream
Characters
Characters


Theseus and
Hippolyta
getting hitched
Young Love:
Demetrius, Hermia,
Lysander & Helena
Pyramus

and
Thisbe
The plot as four mini-stories
King Oberon &
Queen Titania
Setting

Plot
Conflict
Theme
Symbols
Lysander
Egeus
Theseus
Hippolyta
Hermia
Helena
Demetrius
Oberon
Titania
Nick Bottom
Peter Quince
Puck
Fairies
Overview of Midsummer
Night's Dream
Theme
Love’s Difficulty
Setting:

Athens
Forest
Law
&
Order
Magic
&
Mischief
Love Potion
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.
Craftsmen
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.
Motif
Motif
Contrast


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.
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