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A Midsummer Night's Dream Summary
William Shakespeare

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A Midsummer Night's Dream Summary


Widely recognized as a comic masterpiece, A Midsummer Night's Dream is one of Shakespeare's most popular works. The play has inspired numerous adaptations, including Felix Mendelssohn's acclaimed musical score for a nineteenth-century production. Written about 1595, A Midsummer Night's Dream is considered Shakespeare's first mature comedy. By blending motifs from various classical works, such as the first-century Roman poet Ovid's Metamorphoses and the second century Roman orator Apuleius's Golden Ass, the playwright successfully balanced a variety of narrative styles and dramatic procedures to create an unforgettable artistic effect. The plot of A Midsummer Night's Dream is Shakespeare's own, however: he did not follow his usual practice of adapting an older story. This account of the tribulations of a love quadrangle during a night of madness imaginatively combines ambiguous allusions, wordplay, sinister hints, fragments of noble poetry, and profound meditations on the nature of art and love. The brilliant characterization, richness...

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