A Midsummer Night's Dream | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Mark Taylor

This literature criticism consists of approximately 20 pages of analysis & critique of A Midsummer Night's Dream.
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Critical Essay by Mark Taylor

SOURCE: "Female Desire in A Midsummer Night's Dream, in Shakespeare Yearbook, Vol. 2, Spring, 1991, pp. 115-29.

In the following excerpt, Taylor examines the relationship between gender and the operation of desire in A Midsummer Night's Dream, asserting that "inside men, desire tends to eradicate the person of the other; inside women, it does not."

Generally women begin to … yearn for a male … at fourteen years old, then they do offer themselves, and some plainly rage.

Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy

In Shakespeare Our Contemporary, published some twenty-five years ago, Jan Kott insists on the utter "interchangeability" of the four young lovers in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Helena, Hermia, Demetrius, and Lysander. "The lovers are exchangeable," he writes. "The entire action of this hot night, everything...

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