A Dream Within A Dream Essay

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A Dream Within A Dream

William Shakespeare presents his story of a midsummer night’s dream as a play. Within this play is another play named “Pyramus and Thisby“. The two similar stories share the same basic idea of how the course of true love never seems to run smoothly. Chaos seems to be normalcy in both of these stories, and although they seem vastly different, they share the same quality of blocked love and eventual serenity. These shared qualities of love show how the theme of “Pyramus and Thisby” relates to the main story of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

The main plot of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is comprised of the confident, real love of Thesius and Hippolyta as the right-minded duke and the soon to be duchess of
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They invite the audience into their world and admit everyone into their lives, whereas the crude recital of “Pyramus and Thisby” leaves the spectators as mere observers of the fumbling craftsmen. This contrast in performances may be given to make the main story seem flawless by comparison. The misuse of words gives “Pyramus and Thisby” a comical attitude to a tragic story, and the boisterous performance sheds light on the situation of the cast. The type of poetry used in the main play also bears meaning. Shakespeare uses several types of poetry from blank verse to iambic pentameter to give meaning to the separate parts of the play. “Pyramus and Thisby” uses only one type in order to identify it as its own story.

Language plays a big part of our perception and the intended understanding of the audience. We are supposed to see the flaws of word usage and understand why they are there. The world of theatre is multifaceted in order to enrich our lives. The craftsmans version of “Pyramus and Thisby” was intended to please the aristocrats and earn them money, although Nick Bottom seemed to have more of a personal motive. We can see how stressful acting can be. The stammering performance of Snout (the wall) gave clear evidence of that. The actors in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” however, were as calm as “real life.” This serenity gives us

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