The Comic View Of Love In "A Midsummers Night's Dream" By William Shakespeare.

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Sometimes in our lives reality can seem like a dream come true, in "A Midsummer Night's Dream," by William Shakespeare, to the characters, their dreams are reality. Shakespeare focuses on comic love scenes to portray dreams within reality and reality within dreams. The funniest part of this play seems to be when Puck, the trickster, keeps mixing up the people who he is assigned to put the love juice on. Even when he did put the love juice into the right people's eyes, they still fell in love with the wrong people!This play takes you to a fantasy world where fairies live and pixie dust is real and where anything is possible. In this world, dreams become reality and reality is eluded as a dream. The first act gives us a look at our first conflict. Her father Egeus betroths Hermia to Demetrius. Hermia is in love with Lysander because, as her father describes it, Lysander has "by moonlight.... interchanged love tokens with my child." (Act I, scene i) Egeus is angry that his daughter would go against his wishes so he presents his case to the king of Athens, Theseus. According to the law of Athens, death should be the sentence if you go against your father's wishes. "By the next new moon," (Act I, scene i) she must make her decision, death or a life with Demetrius. Lysander and Hermia, of course upset by this news, plan to leave Athens and marry in another land, "I have a widow aunt.... from Athens is her house remote seven leagues; there, gentle Hermia, may I marry thee, and to that place the sharp Athenian law cannot pursue us." (Act I, scene i) They plan to meet the next night in the woods.Another funny section in this play is where Puck puts an ass head on the shoulders of Bottom. This happens when Bottom is gathered with a bunch of people who are getting ready to do a play for the wedding of Theseus and Hippolyta. Bottom is kind of a bossy guy and the others are a little disrespectful of him because of this. Bottom is discussing with the others how they are going to go about pretending to be a lion in this play without scaring the ladies who will be watching the play. They are talking about putting a lion head on snug the joiner. Puck comes along and notices them and notices Bottom. He decides to pull a little prank on them all so he puts an ass head on Bottom's shoulders. When the others see him, they are frightened of him for some reason and think that he is an ass because of the head. "O monstrous! O strange! We are haunted. Pray, masters! Fly, masters, Help!" (Act III, scene i) Quince yells this out when he notices the head on Bottom. Obviously he is frightened by the surprise. "O Bottom, thou art changed! What so I see on thee?" (Act III, scene i) Snout shouts this out at Bottom when he sees him with the head. Everyone is afraid of him just because of this silly ass head on him. This is quite a humorous section in this play. It is all caused just by puck putting a head on bottom's shoulders. It makes for quite a commotion in the forest. Puck...

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