By Karin Jacobson
The unique CliffsNotes research publications provide a glance into serious components and ideas inside vintage works of literature.In CliffsNotes on A Midsummer Night's Dream, you dig into Shakespeare's exciting tale of younger fanatics as they're toyed with by way of mischievous woodland sprites.Shakespeare claimed to have written this romantic comedy to teach that "love hath no legislation yet its own." This examine consultant follows the motion from scene to scene with commentaries that deliver experience to the unique play, that's neither life like nor tragic. different positive factors that assist you work out this significant paintings includeLife and heritage of the authorIntroduction to and synopsis of the playAnalyses of all of the characters and a personality mapSummaries of every of the 5 actsA evaluate part that assessments your wisdom and indicates essay topicsClassic literature or modern day treasure — you are going to comprehend it all with professional details and perception from CliffsNotes learn courses.
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Extra resources for A Midsummer Night's Dream (Cliffs Notes)
The more ardently she loves Demetrius, the more thoroughly he hates her. And there seems to be no reason for his disdain: She is as beautiful as Hermia, his new love, as wealthy, as similar to Hermia as “double cherries” on a single stem. Helena’s meditations reveal love as arbitrary and, in fact, blind: The childish, blindfolded Cupid, a constantly repeated image in this dream, playfully transforms the vile into something pure and dignified. Even when love is mutual, it is often hampered by family disapproval.
When Oberon criticizes Puck for turning a true love false, rather than a false love true, Puck replies, “one man holding troth, / A million fail, confounding oath on oath” (92–93), suggesting only one man in a million is actually able to be true to his vows of love; all others break oath on oath, including the seemingly true Lysander. ” In declaring his love for Helena, Demetrius focuses first on her eyes, which he believes are clearer than crystal. ” The emphasis on white links her with purity, with innocence, with the dazzling, blinding light of a snow-covered field.
Similarly, Bottom’s misuse of words continues to be funny in this scene, partially because, at bottom, they are correct, given the context of these actors’ inept performance; for example, he says “defect” rather than “effect” in line 38 or “odious” rather than “odorous” in lines 78–79. In all of these circumstances, Shakespeare assumes an audience intelligent enough to recognize Bottom’s misuses but equally capable of seeing the comic correctness in Bottom’s mistakes. The wall between reality and fantasy breaks down as the scene continues.
A Midsummer Night's Dream (Cliffs Notes) by Karin Jacobson