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Traditionally seen as one of Shakespeare's more romantic and enchanting plays, A Midsummer Night's Dream has more recently been seen as a darker and more sinister play than generations of schoolchildren have ever imagined. The play has usually been seen as a comical tale with confused identities and the fickleness of youthful love, as the young lovers, Lysander, Hermia, Demetrius and Helena escape parental control and the "sharp Athenian law" of their elders by eloping into the forest outside the city. Unfortunately they stumble into civil war in fairyland, where King Oberon and Queen Titania fight over possession of a beautiful young Indian "changeling" boy. The appearance of the "rude mechanicals", a group of Athenian workers, including the weaver Nick Bottom, compounds the confusion. Chaos, confusion and "shaping fantasies" reign before the final settlement of the play, but underneath all the hilarity many critics have discerned more ambivalent attitudes towards coercive parental control, bestial sexuality and the destructive power of desire. These approaches in no way detract from the exquisite lyricism of many sections of the play, but make it a more complex and effective comedy than has often been appreciated. --Jerry Brotton --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
"A fine example of judicious editorial writing. Foakes guides the reader securely and fluently through the critical and scholarly disputes that have accumulated around the play. He manages to be informative without being patronizing, and detached with out failing to offer opinions." The Times Higher Education Supplement --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Product Description
The book overall is in very good quality, nice for collection uses. But the size of the book and the font is a bit small (as big has one hand)Published 15 months ago by Claudia Zhang
Great book I also have the Romeo and Juliet one. It is the only way I understand shakespeare and its great help for your assignments!!Published 21 months ago by Noah
I bought this so that some struglling readers would be able to participate in class. It wasn't exactly what I was looking for, although it will still be used in the grade nine... Read morePublished 23 months ago by dm68
I purchased many titles in the "Shakespeare Made Easy" series. It has a modern English translation side by side with the original text. Read morePublished on Dec 26 2003 by "bucknellbud"
This play is tremendously fun, one of the most enjoyable of Shakespeare's plays, (and one of the easiest to read for a modern reader) but like most of his romances, it demonstrates... Read morePublished on Aug. 12 2003 by James Yanni
This is a fabulous edition for anyone who just wants to get to the meat of the story. It's small, very portable, cheap, and doesn't waste a whole lot of time on introductions. Read morePublished on July 20 2003
A Midsummer Night's Dream is certainly one of the most popular Shakespearean plays. Few other dramas display such a combination of theatrical appeal: comedy and dance, music and... Read morePublished on April 14 2003 by jung eun e
As a new Shakespeare reader, I can not compare it with his other plays, but I can say that A mid Summer night's dream is a light and enjoyable play. Read morePublished on April 27 2002