Essay 7 - Naina Vohra English 272 Professor Davis Essay #7...

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Naina Vohra English 272 Professor Davis Essay #7 A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Game Night at Shakespeare’s? So, in this little love experiment of Shakespeare’s, we have not a love triangle, not even a love quadrilateral, but more of an insane series of connect-the-dots, in which multiple characters sometimes connect to the same dot. If that makes sense. How does Shakespeare get away with it? By setting the entire play in such a lighthearted and dream-like state that the audience knows that no matter how confused they may be at the time, in the end all will be resolved, and the pieces of this bizarre puzzle will fall nicely into place. A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a comedy, not because of particularly humorous dialogue or pratfalls or gimmicks, but mainly out of sheer confusion. Upon reading this play, I had to consent that I found it amusing, but I found myself having a hard time explaining why. I looked up the Elizabethan definition of comedy, and I found the following, courtesy of Wikipedia: “A Shakespearean comedy is one that has a happy ending, usually involving marriage for all the unmarried characters, and a tone and style that is more lighthearted than Shakespeare's other plays.” Clearly this play fits that description, but there is more to it than just a happy ending. I finally came to the conclusion that the confusion that results from the tangled web of lovers is what entertains modern audiences most about this play. This can be exploited or downplayed
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This essay was uploaded on 04/05/2008 for the course ENGL 2720 taught by Professor Davis,stuart during the Fall '07 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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