Themes of a Midsummer Nights Dream Essay example

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Themes of A Midsummer Night's Dream

Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream is a play that relies on opposing themes to generate the events in the play. The antitheses of order and disorder, reality and dream, amity and enmity, and harmony and dissonance represent the thematic oppositions of the play. There are also character antitheses that stem of the themes, for example how the peaceful relationship of Hippolyta and Theseus represents order and the volatile relationship of Oberon and Titania represents disorder. In A Midsummer Night's Dream the themes would not exist without their opposites.
Disorder is the main theme of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Disorder is evident in many aspects of the play. It is caused mostly by the
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Another underlying contrast is between the difficulty of love and the ease of magic. The lovers of A Midsummer Night's Dream have difficulty in committing emotionally while the Puck uses magic at will to effect events in the play. As with the other contrasts one cannot thrive without the other.
The contrast between dreams and reality is also very important to the play to the point where characters sometimes don't know if they are conscious or not. Bottom gives an example of this when Puck turned him into an ass: "I have had a most rare vision. I have had a dream past the wit of man to say what dream it was. Man is but an ass if he go about t'expound this dream…. I will get Peter Quince to write a ballad of this dream. It shall be called ‘Bottom's Dream', because it hath no bottom"(52). Not only is this speech by Bottom hilarious to the audience but it shows that he had no sense of reality. Characters describe things as dreams when they have no other way of explaining an event. It seems in the play that the only ones who sensed reality were the fairies because the controlled the rift. At the end of Puck concludes the events: "And this weak and idle theme, No more yielding but a dream… And Robin shall restore amends"(66). This final speech by Puck opens the audience up to the possibility the whole play was a dream and that with a snap of his fingers all problems could be

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