Comedies of Shakespeare

Important Facts about Shakespeare’s work . Notes for UGC NET PGT TGT English literature Free Notes and PDFs

Comedies of Shakespeare

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (printed in 1600)

Four main plots
Egeus wants his daughter Hermia to marry Demetrius, but she is in love with Lysander, and Hermia’s friend Helena loves Demetrius
Duke Theseus is about to marry the Amazon queen Hippolyta
Six artisans, including the weaver Nick Bottom and Peter Quince, are rehearsing the play “Pyramus and Thisbe” in the forest to be enacted at the duke’s wedding
The fairy-king Oberon is quarrelling with his queen Titania over the possession of an Indian “changeling” page, with the help of Puck (Robin Goodfellow)
Important scenes
Puck pours the juice of the magic flower “love-in-idleness” into the characters’ eyes and there is confusion in love
Titania falls in love with the donkey-headed Bottom
Bottom and friends enact their play at the end so badly that though it is meant to be a tragedy, all the guests laugh
This play is usually enacted on 23 June, which is the Midsummer’s Eve, or summer solstice
Similar to an Epithalamium (marriage song)

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