Ch 1: A Midsummer Night's Dream Literary Context

About This Chapter

Explore the literary context of ''A Midsummer Night's Dream'' with this series of engaging literature lessons and quizzes. Available at any time that's convenient, this useful study resource is can help students get ready for upcoming Shakespeare exams and catch up in their literature classes.

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Anyone who needs help understanding the literary context of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to study the play's author, historical background, genre, quotes and more. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
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  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding the literary context of A Midsummer Night's Dream
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  • 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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Students Will Review:

This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about the literary context of A Midsummer Night's Dream for a standard literature course. Topics covered include:

  • The life and works of William Shakespeare
  • The play's historical background
  • Shakespeare's purpose for writing A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • The play's genre and comedic elements
  • The significance of the play's title
  • An overview of the play's plot, characters and quotes
  • Connecting A Midsummer Night's Dream to modern times
  • Film, ballet and opera interpretations of A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream vocabulary

10 Lessons in Chapter 1: A Midsummer Night's Dream Literary Context
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Introduction to Shakespeare: Life and Works

1. Introduction to Shakespeare: Life and Works

This video provides a crash course introduction to William Shakespeare's life, plays, and poetry. From 'Two Gentlemen of Verona' to 'The Tempest', we'll give you a timeline of his works and quick descriptions of what you need to know to identify them.

A Midsummer Night's Dream History: Publication, Production & Performance

2. A Midsummer Night's Dream History: Publication, Production & Performance

This lesson will discuss the publication, performance and production history of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. The play has endured centuries of adaptations and is still considered one of Shakespeare's finest works.

Why Did Shakespeare Write A Midsummer Night's Dream?

3. Why Did Shakespeare Write A Midsummer Night's Dream?

Learn what influenced William Shakespeare's famous play, ''A Midsummer Night's Dream'', drawing from wedding culture of the 16th century as well as influential texts almost certainly read by Shakespeare.

A Midsummer Night's Dream Genre: Comedy or Tragedy?

4. A Midsummer Night's Dream Genre: Comedy or Tragedy?

This lesson describes the characteristics of the three genres of Shakespeare's plays and explains why ''A Midsummer's Night Dream'' is considered a comedy rather than a tragedy.

Comedy in A Midsummer Night's Dream: High, Low, Slapstick & Shakespearean

5. Comedy in A Midsummer Night's Dream: High, Low, Slapstick & Shakespearean

Shakespeare's comedies all share a set of characteristics. This lesson will look at 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' and the elements of high and low comedy, slapstick, and what we might call 'Shakespearean' comedy.

A Midsummer Night's Dream Title: Meaning & Significance

6. A Midsummer Night's Dream Title: Meaning & Significance

This lesson will discuss the literary and societal importance of the title 'A Midsummer Night's Dream.' Much can be learned about this play by studying its name. Read on to find out more!

A Midsummer Night's Dream: Summary, Quotes and Characters

7. A Midsummer Night's Dream: Summary, Quotes and Characters

In this lesson, you'll learn about how love goes awry when magic interferes with the crazy exploits of a group of young Athenians, some fairies and some amateur actors in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

A Midsummer Night's Dream Modern Connections

8. A Midsummer Night's Dream Modern Connections

In William Shakespeare's play ''A Midsummer Night's Dream,'' several characters fall under fairies' magic. This lesson will explore the modern connections of this play.

A Midsummer Night's Dream Adaptations: Film, Ballet & Opera

9. A Midsummer Night's Dream Adaptations: Film, Ballet & Opera

You might think of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' as a school-related subject. However, this play is celebrated, produced, and performed all over the world in various forms. We'll learn about film, ballet, and opera adaptations of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream.'

A Midsummer Night's Dream Vocabulary

10. A Midsummer Night's Dream Vocabulary

William Shakespeare's vocabulary in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' uses both everyday language and some terms that may be unfamiliar to readers. In this lesson, we'll explore some of the more complex terms.

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