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Star Crossed Lovers In Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream

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During the Renaissance, comedies and romances include many of the culture’s best, most remarkable, dramatic achievements. According to A Glossary of Literary Terms, edited by M. H. Abrams and Geoffrey Galt Harpham, comedies are written to entertain the audience, with the characters and their humiliations engaging our pleasurable attention rather than our thoughtful concern. Moreover, the audience is “made to feel confident that no great disaster will occur, and usually the action turns out happily for the chief characters” (c. 2012). For example, William Shakespeare, after his death, his work was published and classified into the sometimes overlapping genres of tragedy, comedy, romance, and history. One of his plays that have an overlapping genre is A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The play is a comedy but has some paradigms of romantic comedy. Since the play is a comedy, it's clear from the outset that it will be a comedy and that the ending of the play will be happy, rather than a tragedy ending that will try to make the audience feel sad for the character. In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, social structures, cross-dressing, and star-crossed lovers in the comedic romance has shaped this play to be known in the world.
Social structures are always a problem in plays, and novels. During the Renaissance, fathers had arrangement wedding for their children. For example, in the play, Egeus went to Theseus demanding him to give his daughter the death sentence for disobedience. He wanted the death sentence for his daughter because he made plans for her to marry Demetrius, but Lysander accomplished to steal his daughter's heart. Now Hermia refuses to marry Demetrius, so Egeus is outraged. Theseus wanted to be reasonable with Hermia, so he gives her two options: to accept the death penalty as punishment for disobedience, or become a nun and remain a virgin forever. During that time, they had unjust social structures because parents were force to marry someone they did not...

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