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Ch 3: A Midsummer Night's Dream Themes

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Access this convenient study guide chapter at any time to review the themes from Shakespeare's ''A Midsummer Night's Dream.'' These simple lessons and quizzes are designed to help you study for exams, get ahead in class and improve your overall understanding of the play's themes.

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This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about the themes from A Midsummer Night's Dream for a standard literature course. Themes covered include:

  • Love
  • Forced vs. irrational love
  • Illusion vs. reality
  • Sexism, inequality and gender roles
  • Dreams and imagination
  • Nature and the forest
  • Order and disorder
  • Day and night
  • Magic
  • Doubling
  • Jealousy

13 Lessons in Chapter 3: A Midsummer Night's Dream Themes
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A Midsummer Night's Dream: Analysis & Themes

1. A Midsummer Night's Dream: Analysis & Themes

A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare is a tapestry of three stories woven into one. We see a wood full of fairies, a humorous group of actors, and star-crossed lovers, but as in all of Shakespeare's comedies, circumstances turn out all right in the end.

Love in a Midsummer Night's Dream: Theme & Analysis

2. Love in a Midsummer Night's Dream: Theme & Analysis

Love is what makes the entire play 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' happen, but the love portrayed is not exactly typical. There's forbidden love, jealous love, unrequited love, and false love, but is there any true love? Find out in this lesson!

Forced vs. Irrational Love in a Midsummer Night's Dream

3. Forced vs. Irrational Love in a Midsummer Night's Dream

In Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', the concepts of forced love and irrational love are analyzed through the actions of the characters. Through the introduction of King Oberon's irrational love for Queen Titania, a domino effect of forced love falls over several others.

A Midsummer Night's Dream: Sexism, Gender Roles & Inequality

4. A Midsummer Night's Dream: Sexism, Gender Roles & Inequality

One of Shakespeare's most popular comedies, ''A Midsummer Night's Dream'', features many relationships that give the modern reader some areas for discussion regarding sexism, gender roles, and inequality.

Illusion vs. Reality in A Midsummer Night's Dream

5. Illusion vs. Reality in A Midsummer Night's Dream

In this lesson, we will talk about the difference between illusion and reality in William Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream.' Read on if you'd like to find out how these two elements work within the play.

The Green World in A Midsummer Night's Dream: Nature & The Forest

6. The Green World in A Midsummer Night's Dream: Nature & The Forest

Nature and the forest play a large role in Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream.' Read on to find out more about how the characters interact with nature and what nature symbolizes in the play.

Magic in A Midsummer Night's Dream: Theme & Role

7. Magic in A Midsummer Night's Dream: Theme & Role

Magic plays an important role in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' and is also a theme that Shakespeare explores in this play, particularly as it relates to love. This lesson looks at both the role and theme of magic in the play.

Order & Disorder in A Midsummer Night's Dream

8. Order & Disorder in A Midsummer Night's Dream

Order and disorder are two major themes in William Shakespeare's ''A Midsummer Night's Dream.'' Let's explore how the characterization and symbolism in the play help support these themes.

Dreams in A Midsummer Night's Dream: Theme & Significance

9. Dreams in A Midsummer Night's Dream: Theme & Significance

Have you ever had a dream in which you did things you would never do in reality? ''A Midsummer Night's Dream'' is full of strange, dream-like sequences and irrational behavior. We'll look at dreams in the play and study their themes and significance.

Imagination in A Midsummer Night's Dream: Theme & Examples

10. Imagination in A Midsummer Night's Dream: Theme & Examples

When we let our imaginations run away with us---whether we're asleep or awake---the results are usually unproductive. We'll learn about various themes related to imagination in ''A Midsummer Night's Dream.''

Doubling in A Midsummer Night's Dream

11. Doubling in A Midsummer Night's Dream

Doubling is an important aspect of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream.' This lesson will teach you what it means and give some examples of where we see it in the play.

Jealousy in A Midsummer Night's Dream: Examples & Quotes

12. Jealousy in A Midsummer Night's Dream: Examples & Quotes

Have you ever felt jealous of your best friend? Jealousy is a major theme in ''A Midsummer Night's Dream,'' with no fewer than five characters suffering from its effects. We'll look at some quotes about jealousy in the play and analyze how they affect relationships.

Day & Night in A Midsummer Night's Dream

13. Day & Night in A Midsummer Night's Dream

Through the magic of modern movies, the audience is made keenly aware of the impact day and night have on certain scenes in Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream.' But even before theatrics advanced enough to bring sun and moon to the stage, these opposing times were more than just a play of light. This lesson will explore how day and night help us understand the deeper meaning of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream.'

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