A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
*This is one of the many required reads for this semester. These types of reviews will consist more of what we discussed in class than my thoughts on the work.
I feel like A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of Shakespeare’s more famous of plays. It basically houses two worlds. One of order and law in city and the world of disorder and fairies within the forest. There are two couples, love triangles, and a bit of magic. It’s one of my favorites.
What I really found interesting was this usage of two different worlds within the play. In the city, the rules are strict and more certain. When they run off to the forest, they’re breaking the rules of the city. They’re running into this world of passion and disorder. But instead of being passionate they fall asleep, which is breaking the rules of the forest. Puck obviously mistakes them for Thesus and Hippolyta and we have the rest of the play. Still, in the end of the play Thesus changes things in his speech. He wants to take the two ideals of law and passion and make them work within Athens. It goes on to say that solely being ruled by just law or just passion does not make for a stable person. There needs to be a balance between the two that makes them work.