A Midsummer Night's Dream | Critical Essay by Maurice Hunt

This literature criticism consists of approximately 39 pages of analysis & critique of A Midsummer Night's Dream.
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Critical Essay by Maurice Hunt

SOURCE: Hunt, Maurice. “A Speculative Political Allegory in A Midsummer Night's Dream.Comparative Drama 34, no. 4 (winter 2000-01): 423-53.

In the following essay, Hunt alleges that A Midsummer Night's Dream functions as a cryptic allegory that criticizes Elizabeth I and the problem of securing a successor to her throne.

Every so often commentators on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream quote Bottom's judgment on his own “most rare vision” of the Fairy Queen—“Man is but an ass if he go about to expound this dream” (4.1.203-4)—with tongue-in-cheek reference to their own interpretive efforts.1 Given the frequency with which Bottom's words have been invoked for this purpose, one can be excused for believing that the utterance has lost most of its value as a beforehand deflector of...

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