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Shakespeare Test 2

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Shakespeare Test #2 Question #1 Throughout the development and course of his many works, Shakespeare utilized similar themes and elements that, to this day, are so well-known and cherished that when utilized outside of his plays, are still characterized as “Shakespearean”. Of these established elements, one of the most significant is the principle of thematic analogue - where a certain circumstance or situation is recurring, implemented and seen in different settings – utilized generally to prove a concept or belief. The principle of thematic analogue is crucial to fully interpreting Shakespeare’s works, and functions as a key element in introducing and expressing Shakespeare’s ideas on love, power and the like. Such an important Shakespearean aspect can be exemplified in A Midsummer Night’s Dream , in which the theme of love leads to the folly of characters in different social classes. In studying Midsummer , it becomes apparent that the focal point of the play revolves around the four young, foolish lovers who will stop at nothing to gain the reciprocation of love. Hoping to escape the binds of Athens and the law, they find themselves entrapped by the darkness of the forest and an unsettling fog, physical elements which parallel the disorder and chaos that love has caused for the youths; as the mischievous Puck quotes: “Lord, what fools these mortals be!” (III:II:115). Herein Shakespeare highlights the irrationality of love and the disarray it is capable of causing. He further underlines such absurdity by showcasing the dysfunctional relationship between the fairy king and queen, who temporarily sever their ties to each other due to a trivial disagreement over a changeling boy. The same theme of tainted love is shown in the lower classes’ Pyramus and Thisby , a comical and satirical parody of the typically heart wrenching Romeo and Juliet . In the upper tiers of society, love is portrayed through Theseus and Hippolyta, but the actual presence of love and the true intentions of such a union are 1
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questionable, as is the nature of politics in general. By utilizing thematic analogue, Shakespeare
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