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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 s comedies

Shakespeare s comedies

Comedies vs tragedies
Comedies vs. Tragedies pentameter, also known as

  • 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 pentameter, also known as

  • 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

Amnd continued
AMND continued pentameter, also known as

  • 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

Amnd continued1
AMND continued pentameter, also known as

  • 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?

Shakespeare s comedies

“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