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Ch 2: A Midsummer Night's Dream Literary Analysis

About This Chapter

Use this comprehensive literature chapter to analyze Shakespeare's ''A Midsummer Night's Dream.'' Containing bite-sized lessons and mini quizzes, this chapter is a great option for students who need to better understand the play, study for an upcoming exam or improve their literature grades.

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Anyone who needs help analyzing Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to analyze the play's setting, plot structure, literary criticism and more. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
  • Students who are looking for easy ways to identify the most important information on the topic
  • Students who have fallen behind in analyzing 'A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning about literature (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam

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  • Complete each lesson in the chapter to review all key topics.
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  • Test your understanding of each lesson with a short quiz.
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Students Will Review:

This chapter summarizes the literary elements from A Midsummer Night's Dream for a standard literature course. Topics covered include:

  • Analysis of the play's setting, plot and language
  • Conflict from A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Feminist identities and criticism from the play
  • Literary criticism about A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • The meaning of Pyramus and Thisbe and the play within a play
  • The significance of the play's dark undertones and love potion
  • Role of the changeling boy
  • Evidence of Athenian law in this story
  • Alternative interpretations of the play

13 Lessons in Chapter 2: A Midsummer Night's Dream Literary Analysis
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A Midsummer Night's Dream Setting: Analysis & Significance

1. A Midsummer Night's Dream Setting: Analysis & Significance

In drama, the setting relies on the cast and crew to bring it to life, but that doesn't mean it is unimportant. In this lesson, we will look at the setting of Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' and how it helps us discover the deeper meaning hidden in this romantic comedy.

A Midsummer Night's Dream Plot: Structure, Devices & Analysis

2. A Midsummer Night's Dream Plot: Structure, Devices & Analysis

In this lesson, we'll be looking at the structure of ''A Midsummer Night's Dream'' as well as some of the rhetorical devices used, such as stichomythia and metaphor, and analyze these in relation to the themes of the play.

A Midsummer Night's Dream Conflict

3. A Midsummer Night's Dream Conflict

Like most of the conflict in Shakespearean comedies, that in the play 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' is mostly silly and petty. However, there is one very serious conflict that could cost Hermia her freedom or her life.

A Midsummer Night's Dream Language: Techniques & Analysis

4. A Midsummer Night's Dream Language: Techniques & Analysis

Shakespeare's ''A Midsummer Night's Dream'' is a romantic comedy with big belly laughs and a moral that will make you ponder what it means to be in love. Learn how Shakespeare uses colorful language to establish just how tricky the art of love can be.

A Midsummer Night's Dream: Feminist Criticism & Feminine Identities

5. A Midsummer Night's Dream: Feminist Criticism & Feminine Identities

You don't have to read too far into William Shakespeare's ''A Midsummer Night's Dream'' to run into some concerning examples of the oppression of women. Let's take a look at this play through the lens of feminist literary criticism.

A Midsummer Night's Dream: Critique & Literary Criticism

6. A Midsummer Night's Dream: Critique & Literary Criticism

Many people have read the classic ''A Midsummer Night's Dream,'' watched it performed live, or even seen in on the big screen. Learn what literary critics think of this classic romantic comedy.

Pyramus And Thisbe in A Midsummer Night's Dream: Summary and Meaning

7. Pyramus And Thisbe in A Midsummer Night's Dream: Summary and Meaning

Before Romeo and Juliet, we see a parallel story in Pyramus and Thisbe, a Roman myth. It is all there: feuding families, forbidden love, and a tragic ending. Later, we see a spoof of Pyramus and Thisbe in ''A Midsummer Night's Dream.''

A Midsummer Night's Dream Play Within a Play: Analysis

8. A Midsummer Night's Dream Play Within a Play: Analysis

The play 'Pyramus and Thisbe,' with its tale of doomed lovers, is included in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' for many reasons. It not only gives authenticity to the setting and furthers the comedy, it serves as a warning as to how terribly wrong things could have gone for the characters in the main play.

Dark Undertones of A Midsummer Night's Dream

9. Dark Undertones of A Midsummer Night's Dream

''A Midsummer Night's Dream'' has been categorized as a comedy, but it contains some ominous and disturbing elements. We'll learn about the dark undertones lurking behind the magic and romance in this play.

Alternative Interpretations of A Midsummer Night's Dream

10. Alternative Interpretations of A Midsummer Night's Dream

In this lesson, we'll examine alternative interpretations of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' through two historical stagings and several theoretical interpretations from psychoanalytic, Marxist/post-colonialist, and feminist schools of thought.

The Love Potion in A Midsummer Night's Dream

11. The Love Potion in A Midsummer Night's Dream

'A Midsummer Night's Dream' is full of some of Shakespeare's most memorable moments. The catalyst for many of them is an unassuming flower that bewitches people. In this lesson, we will explore the origins, uses, and outcomes of this love potion in Shakespeare's fantastic romantic comedy.

Athenian Law in A Midsummer Night's Dream

12. Athenian Law in A Midsummer Night's Dream

Hermia has three choices, and they are all terrible. She must figure out a way to get around Athenian law, or be miserable for the rest of her life. Which, if she disobeys her father, may be very short indeed.

The Changeling Boy in A Midsummer Night's Dream

13. The Changeling Boy in A Midsummer Night's Dream

Oberon cannot stand when Titania pays attention to a Changeling Boy she is taking care of, so he plans an elaborate scheme to get back at her, and get the boy for his own.

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