What Is The Central Theme Of Shakespeare's 'Midsummer Night's Dream'?


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robert williams answered

AMND is a tale of five books, all read by Shakespeare. The first two stories are in Geoffrey Chaucers, "Cantebury Tales" and are the Knight's Tale, were Arcete and Palamon, debate the issue of love and fidelity. These two "layers" are the beginning of the play, featuring Theseus, Duke of Athens, his intended wife Hippolyta Queen of the Amazons, and secondly, the continuing argument between the four lovers, Demetrius, Lysander, Hermia and Helena. The third strain concerns Oberon, King of the Fairies, his wifeTitania
and Puck, the man elf, whose muddling interference leads us to the next level, the "Mechanicals", Bottom, Quince, Starveling and so on, who perform a play "Pyramus and Thisbe" as an entertainment for the marriage. Oberon and Titania are taken from Reginald Scott's book "Demanologie". The play, "Pyramus and Thisbe", is taken from Ovid's 'Metamorphoses', and the head of Bottom, that of an ass, is taken from "The Golden Ass" by Apulius

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Mehreen Misbah answered
William Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' was one of his most successful plays. The major attraction behind this plot was the unusual element of magic that was never part of any previous plays of Shakespeare.

The main characters of the plot were Hermia, Lysander, Helena and Demetrius. Hermia and Lysander were in love while Helena was Hermia's best friend. She was in love with Demetrius to whom Hermia's father was planning her (Hermia's) marriage with. Demetrius, who was in love with Hermia is very keen to marry her but is heartbroken when Hermia and Lysander run away. Helena, in the hope to get Demetrius to love her, decides to help him and thus she tells him where Hermia and Lysander went.

Besides these main characters, there are some other character roles, which include the King of the Elves Oberon and his wife, the Queen of the fairies Titania and Oberon's main elf Puck.

Weaving a story including all these characters, Shakespeare has carved out a delectable and entertaining plot, making it as enamoring as his erstwhile plays.
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Bil Nutt answered
The theme of Midsummer Night's Dream and, indeed, the theme of almost ALL his comedies and even many of his tragedies, is summed up in the line "the course of true love did never run smooth." That theme is illustrated in not only the confusions of the four lovers, but also the relationship between Oberon and Titania.
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Anonymous answered
One of my friend's told me that the theme of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' is... "True love can overcome even the trickiest obstacles." I don't know if that helps you because I know it's sure not helping me..

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