A Midsummer Night's Dream | Male Magic: A Midsummer Night's Dream

This literature criticism consists of approximately 56 pages of analysis & critique of A Midsummer Night's Dream.
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Irene Dash, Hunter College of the City University of New York

And with the juice of this I'll streak her eyes,
 And make her full of hateful fantasies.

II.i.257-58

Whether in the fantasy world of the forest or the equally fantastic world of Athens on a midsummer night, this play reveals how power, particularly political power, impinges on and shapes women's lives. Ranging from queens—Hippolyta, a character taken from mythology, and Titania, belonging to the fairy world—to youthful Athenian maidens in love, to a parodic heroine in an entertainment for the Duke's guests, these characters illustrate women's varied reactions to the imposition of power. One seems to adjust; one discovers new facts about herself; one serves as a lens for looking at the larger world; and one significantly reveals the tragic dimensions of the loss of...

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