'A Midsummer Night's Dream' by William Shakespeare
I have read and studied ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, an enthralling
romantic comedy that is still enjoyed. The play was thought to have
been written in 1595 or 1596, by William Shakespeare. At the time
Elizabeth I was on the throne and both the vulgar crowd and upper
class enjoyed it. Shakespeare was not only popular because of his
sharp wit, but anyone could relate to the stories in some way. I am
going to direct the concluding sequence of events, with my own
preference of stage setting and how characters act, in order to show
how the play’s themes can be made clear and exciting in the theatre,
using its resources.
The themes that I shall outline are the pain and the pleasure of love,
marriage, unity, superiority and transformation. The series of final
events are very important to the story itself. The ending completely
changes the genre of the story, from difficulty to serenity. When
Titania and Oberon fell out it caused drastic human difficulties. It
is like the world Super powers falling out, and having a nuclear war.
TITANIA: The ox hath therefore stretched his yoke in vain,
The ploughman lost his sweat, and the green corn,
Hath rotted ere his youth attained a beard.
Once Titania and Oberon are back together peace is restored, the
couples join together in unity, as when before they were apart.
Theseus and Hippolyta, Hermia and Lysander, Helena and Demetrius unify
in marriage. This unity may even be Shakespeare’s idea of representing
the need for the National Unity of England; For England to join
together to fight against the threatening Catholic forces of Europe.
Marriage is portrayed as a rite of passage; it gives us the idea of
‘standing on our own two feet’. In the 21st Century the first rite of
passage for us is probably our driving license. We would no longer
need to rely on our parent to take us around everywhere; we could
drive ourselves wherever, whenever we want. This alarms our parents of
our growing independence and stability, just as, here, the choice of a
partner represents independence and plans for a future, and a future
Love is shown to provide both great joy and also an exceptionally
dangerous emotion. Love disrupts thoughts; it blurs thoughts that were
once clear, it could split one generation from another. The pain that
Helena must go through to gain her lover, Demetrius, as she follows
him persistently, chasing the ever-elusive emotion, is a clear sign of
DEMETRIUS: Do I entice you? Do I speak you fair?
Or rather do I not in the plainest truth
Tell you I do not, nor I cannot love you?
HELENA: And even for that do I love you the more.
I am your spaniel; and, Demetrius,
The more you beat me I will fawn on you.
Demetrius shows his...