Conflict in Shakespeare’s Hamlet & A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Shakespeare’s plays, Hamlet (1603) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1600), explore the theme of conflict and its repercussions, each play highlighting different aspects of the theme due to differences in genre and subject. Conflict, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is “a serious disagreement or argument, typically a protracted one”, and would therefore seem to…

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Role Of Puck (Robin Goodfellow)

The role and character of Puck, or Robin Goodfellow, in A Midsummer  Night’s Dream, is not only entertaining but quite useful.  William Shakespeare seems to have created the character of Puck from his own childhood.  In Shakespeare’s time it was believed that fairies and little people did exist.  Whenever something went wrong around the farmyard…

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Contrast In Human Mentality

The Play: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, by William Shakespeare offers a wonderful contrast in human mentality. Shakespeare provides insight into man’s conflict with the rational versus the emotional characteristics of our behavior through his settings. The rational, logical side is represented by Athens, with its flourishing government and society. The wilder emotional side is represented…