A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare Analysis


William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is still relevant, for it Contains Allusions to which audiences can still relate today. This element appeals to audiences today by being used in similar scenarios and situations that the reader can be entertained by and or relate to today. This element can help readers understand the point and engage the audience even more within the story. Allusions also stand out a lot and catch the reader's attention in the story.

There are many ways that Shakespeare uses these allusions, but for instance, Shakespeare utilizes allusions to compare the agility and swiftness of Robin to being "Swifter than arrow from the Tartar’s bow" (Shakespeare Act 3, scene 2, Line 106-107). The character Robin is a quick fellow as he is also a trickster always up to his games and succeeding as he wishes. Shakespeare utilizes the allusion of the mythological creature “Tartar” and his bow to show this.

This allusion not only shows the similarities of Robin and the swiftness of the arrow, but it also lightens the mood while adding a little rhythm to the statement. Another example would be when Hermia is expressing her feelings to Lysander as "she swore to thee by Cupid’s strongest bow” and even “By his best arrow with the golden head"( Act 1,Scene 1, Line 172-175) that she would stay by his side. This time he utilizes this allusion in a different way, as this was used the mood turned tense and signified a sense of excitement for the reader. These allusions are just a small taste of the many scenarios Shakespeare has placed them in.

In A Midsummer Night's Dream, William Shakespeare's modern use of Allusions are and can be placed in many different scenarios to signify many different things and emotions. His uses of the many allusions vary throughout the story and make the story contain a lot more emotion than it already did.  Allusions are a very delicate tool to use as they can either be used too often where you cannot understand the story anymore or there is too little where you don't even notice them much, however it seems the way Shakespeare has applied them is just right.

 

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