A Midsummer Night's Dream | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by William T. Liston

This literature criticism consists of approximately 11 pages of analysis & critique of A Midsummer Night's Dream.
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Critical Essay by William T. Liston

SOURCE: "Paradoxical Chastity in A Midsummer Night's Dream," in The University of Dayton Review, Vol. 21, No. 2, Summer, 1991, pp. 153-60.

In the following essay, Liston claims that the Protestant idealization of marriage is a theme of A Midsummer Night's Dream, and that this theme is explored through the conflicting image of the moon as barren or fertile, for example, and through Oberon's restoration of Titania's sight as a signal of "the triumph of chastity over erotic love."

Chastity, said one of the early feminists more than a decade ago, is the only sexual perversion. Neither Shakespeare nor any of his contemporaries would have agreed with her. To the Elizabethans, according to Nancy Cotton Pearse, "Chastity . . . [was] a woman's only honor" (56). And whereas "In the...

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