A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare (Book Analysis)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare (Book Analysis)
Detailed Summary, Analysis and Reading Guide
This practical and insightful reading guide offers a complete summary and analysis of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare. It provides a thorough exploration of the play’s plot, characters and main themes, including romance and fantasy. The clear and concise style makes for easy understanding, providing the perfect opportunity to improve your literary knowledge in no time.
This clear and detailed 24-page reading guide is structured as follows:
- Biography of William Shakespeare
- Presentation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream
- Summary of A Midsummer Night’s Dream
- Character study
- Demetrius, Helena, Lysander and Hermia
- Egeus, Theseus and Hippolyta
- Titania and Oberon
- The Mechanicals
- Analysis of A Midsummer Night’s Dream
- The plot: complex yet light-hearted
- Magic and the supernatural
- The play-within-a-play
About A Midsummer Night’s Dream
A Midsummer Night’s Dream was first performed in 1592. It is a comedy which revolves around the romantic misadventures of two couples and the unexpected influence of magical beings on their lives. The play is very different to some of Shakespeare’s other plays, such as Hamlet, as it is very light-hearted and fantastical. However, through the somewhat unusual premise and magic-filled plot, Shakespeare makes a very real reflection on both illusion and on the theater itself.
About William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare is probably one of the most famous authors in English-language literature. He also enjoys an incredible amount of international popularity, given the fact that his works have been translated into every major living language. The man himself was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in England, where he also died at the age of 52. However, in spite of the fact that he is famous throughout the world, we know very little of his personal life: people can only guess about things such as his religious beliefs, sexuality, and appearance. Nevertheless, he is regarded as the greatest writer in the English language.