A Midsummer Night’s Dream
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of the most unusual works of Shakespeare. This can be vividly exemplified by the analysis of its origin, peculiarities of its plot and ideas.
First of all, it is the only play of Shakespeare, the original source of which remains known. This means that both the plot and the composition belong exclusively to the poet. It is also a certain milestone in the artistic work of the writer. Unlike in the Comedy of Errors, the reader will find no real life details here, instead the play is full of motives, which can be characterized as romantic. It is definitely the most romantic work by Shakespeare, which creates an unusual fairy tale world, as opposed to the world of reality.
Further on, the characters are also depicted in an unusual way. Theseus and Hyppolita are static ideal characters. Their wedding creates a frame for the plot, but contains no dramatism. The second storyline is the relationship of Hermia and her lover Lysander and Demetrius and Helena, and here the action is full of dramatic conflicts. The major topic is the conflict between parents and children. Hermia’s father chooses a husband for her, but she does not want to marry the man. She and her lover escape into the forest being followed by her potential husband Demetrius and Hermia’s friend, who has been in love with him. The forest turns out to be the world where human laws appear to be of no importance. The feelings are not limited by the conventions and the characters manage to find their true love.
So, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a celebration of love. It’s a fairy tale about happiness and the beauty of the summer forest, which true artistic value lies in the combination of poetry and real life topics, the world of fantasy and a slapstick comedy.