Imagination in Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream", Act 5 / Scene 1
GRIN Verlag, 2010 - 28 pages
Seminar paper from the year 2010 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1,0, University of Erfurt (Philosophische Fakultat), course: Shakespearean Comedy, language: English, abstract: The "dream" in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" implies a world of imagination, illusion and unconsciousness. In addition, the tradition and the popular beliefs of the midsummer festivals describe a time of unleashed natural forces (BOOCK, 1981: 70). The audience of the play indeed witnesses magical incidents in the fairies' forest, where the fairy king and queen, Oberon and Titania, rule over the natural processes. Human beings seem to behave irrationally under the spell of these fairies and in the surrounding of this magic forest (SHAKESPEARE, 1980: II - IV). However, in contrast, the city of Athens is dominated by the rational Theseus, duke of Athens, who only believes in what cool reason is able to produce and to understand (SHAKESPEARE, 1980: V, i, 2 - 22). The contrast of imagination and reason represents one of the major oppositional pairs of themes of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (KERRIGAN, 1998: 20ff). It becomes indirectly clear through the opposing worlds of forest and city and the ongoing actions in these two places. Furthermore, in the last scene of the play, the audience experiences directly a controversy between Theseus and his wife, Hippolyta, concerning the truth of the story about the incidents in the forest happened to the young Athenians Hermia, Helena, Lysander and Demetrius. Consequently, it is also a controversy about the value of imagination and reason (SHAKESPEARE, 1980: V, i, 1 - 27). Moreover, questions of imagination are brought up on another level. The play within the play of "Pyramus and Thisbe," which is rehearsed by craftsmen throughout the story and performed at the wedding ceremony in the last scene, offers an increase of imaginative perspectives. Its content not onl"
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
102ff and ZIPFEL 88 and WILLSON actors Athens audi audience in creating audience’s bad acting BONNARD BOOCK Bottom CALDERWOOD chapter 3.1 character Pyramus character’s contrast craftsmen craftsmen’s performance DAVIDSON Demetrius SHAKESPEARE DENT drama emphasis Englisch/Deutsch experiences Fairy King fiction four lov FRANKE GRIN Verlag Helena and Demetrius Hermia illusion illusionary character imagination and reason Imagination in Shakespeare's immanent function inner play KERRIGAN last scene Lysander and Demetrius magic forest main plot marriage MC CALLUM MEBANE MEHL Metadrama Midsummer Night’s Dream mirroring the main mus and Thisbe NÜNNING Oberon and Titania opposing worlds outer play PFIS play of Pyramus play PFISTER play’s audience play’s plot prologue Puck’s epilogue Pyramus and Thisbe questions of imagination reality reception role Romeo and Juliet SHAKE Shakespeare's A Midsummer Shakespearean Comedy Sommernachtstraum SPEARE story Stuttgart theatre play theatrical audience theme Theseus and Hippolyta tragic transcendent functions wedding ceremony watched wedding couples Wolfgang xii and KULLMANN young Athenians