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A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream


by William Shakespeare

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A Midsummer Night's Dream Themes

A Midsummer Night's Dream Themes


Above all else, A Midsummer Night's Dream explores the nature of romantic love.  Its conclusion?  The pursuit of love has the capacity to make us irrational, foolish idiots. In the play,...

Art and Culture

Throughout A Midsummer Night's Dream, a humble group of Athenian craftsmen (the Mechanicals) go all Inception on us and practice a play-within-the-play that they hope to stage at Theseus's wed...


Transformation is a very big deal in this play, which isn't so surprising because one of Shakespeare's main literary sources of inspiration is Ovid's Metamorphoses. In the third act of A Midsummer...


Like many Shakespearean comedies (The Taming of the Shrew, for example), A Midsummer Night's Dream dramatizes gender tensions that arise from complicated familial and romantic relationships. ...

Versions of Reality

With so many different subplots in A Midsummer Night's Dream, we get a front-row seat to experience all the different ways each character perceives reality.  First, there are all the dream seq...

Foolishness and Folly

A Midsummer Night's Dream is a comedy, so it's going to have its fair share of slapstick humor—we've got a man with a donkey's head wandering around on stage for crying out loud. There's also a h...

Man and the Natural World

Part of the strength of A Midsummer Night's Dream is that we're not always sure where humans and the natural world—as two separate elements—fall in relation to each other. Sometimes humans...

The Supernatural

Magic is the delightful thread that runs through the tapestry of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Magic is about the supernatural elements of the mythic and fairy world (like Cupid's arrows on a starry n...

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