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Midsummer night's dream


            William Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream is a play primarily on the difficulty of love. Though most of the conflicts in the play stem from the troubles of romance, and even though the play involve many romantic elements, the play is not a romance. The play is actually a comedy; this is achieved because the play distances the audience from the emotions of the characters. It is debated upon whether or not this is one of Shakespeare's greatest works, however this play is acclaimed and adored by many because of its humor and excitement. By using themes of dreams, magic, and the conflict in romantic relationships, Shakespeare successfully creates a play filled with excitement and humor.
             As the title alludes to, dreams are an important theme in A Midsummer Night's Dream; dreams are an important theme in the play. Hippolyta first words in the play show how essential dreams will be; "Four days will quickly steep themselves into night, Four nights will quickly dream away the time."( ) The theme of dreams occurs when characters attempt to explain the strange events that happen to them. Shakespeare loves the inter-workings of dreams, how they occur, and even the sense of lost time in dreams. This is very evident by the events that occur within the play. .
             Another element, which creates excitement and humor in the play, is the use of magic. Magic in the play serves both as a comic relief and as a solution to one of the love rectangles in the story. Puck causes a minor catastrophe when he puts the love potion on Lysander's eyelids and he creates pure comedy when he turns Bottom's head into that of an ass. However the magic does resolve the love rectangle between, Demetius, Hermia, Helena, and Lysander.
             Conflict in romantic relationships is one reoccurring theme in this play. Often in the play's romantic relationships, disparity or inequality conflicts with the balance in the relationship.


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