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Shakespeare’s Comedies. A Midsummer Night’s Dream Introduction. Let’s start with a quiz!. William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, in the year 1564. Shakespeare wrote three types of plays. What are they? Tragedies Comedies Histories.

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shakespeare s comedies

Shakespeare’s Comedies

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Introduction

let s start with a quiz
Let’s start with a quiz!
  • William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, in the year



Shakespeare wrote much of his plays in unrhymed iambic pentameter, also known as

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comedies vs tragedies
Comedies vs. Tragedies
  • Why are tragedies considered tragic?
  • Comedies, on the other hand, have happy endings.
  • Comedies often include
    • Greater emphasis on situations rather than characters
    • A struggle for young lovers
    • Deception (often mistaken identity)
    • Multiple plots
    • Different types of comedy, including slapstick, puns, practical jokes, and bawdy humor
    • Pastoral setting
    • Often ends with marriage
a midsummer night s dream
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Written early in Shakespeare’s career
  • Intertwined plots: Theseus and Hippolyta’s wedding; the artisans; the lovers in the woods
  • Set in Athens, Greece
  • Fairies, sprites, and laborers
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  • What is Midsummer Night?
    • One of the nights of the year when sprites were powerful
    • Flowers gathered on MN were magical
    • People dream of their true loves; sometimes go insane
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  • Important questions:
    • What is love?
    • How and why do people fall in and out of love?
    • Are lovers in control of themselves and their destinies?
    • Which is more real: reason or passion?

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream does not always do exactly what we might expect, and in this way it keeps its audience guessing…”

-Catherine Belsey