Essay about The Supernatural in William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The Supernatural in William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Consider the presentation of the supernatural in “A Midsummer Night’s

dream”. In what way does it reveal Shakespeare’s moral and

philosophical concerns? How does Shakespeare’s stagecraft (setting,

Characterisation, language, verse form etc) facilitate the

consideration of his concerns? and how do we as a modern audience

respond to the play as a piece of theatre?

The main themes of “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” are the supernatural,

dreams, nature and the difficulty of love. Shakespeare’s ideas are

represented by his use of symbolism. If you look at the play in

general at a glance it comes across as being benevolent. But if you

look closely then you can see that Shakespeare engages the audience in

thought about the world they live in. The audience is left to think

about the difficulty of love, the magic or supernatural power of love,

and what is illusion or dream.

In “A Midsummer Nights Dream” love is a constant theme, there is a

clear difference between genuine love and the illusion made by love,

that has no meaning. Shakespeare suggests that love is an emotion that

has to be balanced by reason. Nothing can stand in the way of true

love. Hermia and Lysander are prepared to leave their friends, family,

and home in order to get married, and Pyramus and Thisbe die for the

love of each other. Titania shows the blindness of love when she falls

in love with Bottom she is the highest immortal – a beautiful fairy

queen, but she is in love with the lowest immortal – an ass. Puck

portrays the cynical and foolish view of love “lord what fools these

mortals be”, he is unaff…

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… side of the supernatural. He shows that good can not exist without

evil. Puck speaks of midnight and darkness. Night-time is when humans

are usually asleep and when magical creatures are about. Humans don’t

see very well in the dark so this is a time when we are more

vulnerable and feel insecure. Puck also speaks about death and hell

“Now it the time of night, That the graves, all gaping wide, Everyone

lets forth his sprite” humans are confused and scared about death, but

Puck is aware of what happens after death.

A modern day audience would be more doubtful about the existence of

the Supernatural. But they suspend their disbelief so that they can

see things from the character’s point of view and get more into the

story line. There is more props and better setting available to make

the supernatural more believable.

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