43 Facts About Midsummer Nights Dream

1. Midsummer Nights Dream wrote the pieces for a cappella SATB choir in 1951 for the British Federation of Music Festivals, and they remain a popular part of British choral repertoire today.

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2. Midsummer Nights Dream portrayed the fairies as golden robotic insectoid creatures based on Cambodian idols.

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3. Midsummer Nights Dream replaced large, complex sets with a simple system of patterned curtains.

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4. Midsummer Nights Dream viewed the donkey and the trees as fertility symbols.

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5. Midsummer Nights Dream concluded that therefore their love life is "unknowable and incomprehensible".

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6. Midsummer Nights Dream focused on the role of the fairies, who have a mysterious aura of evanescence and ambiguity.

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7. Midsummer Nights Dream viewed the characters as separated into four groups which interact in various ways.

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8. Midsummer Nights Dream is responsible for the play's happy ending, when he influences Theseus to overrule Egeus and allow the lovers to marry.

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9. Midsummer Nights Dream viewed the king as specialising in the arts of illusion.

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10. Midsummer Nights Dream emphasised the less pleasant aspects of the otherwise appealing fairies and the nastiness of the mortal Demetrius prior to his enchantment.

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11. Midsummer Nights Dream emphasised the ethically ambivalent characters of the play.

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12. Midsummer Nights Dream thought Bottom was redeemed through the maternal tenderness of Titania, which allowed him to understand the love and self-sacrifice of Pyramus and Thisbe.

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13. Midsummer Nights Dream reminded his readers that this is the character of Theseus from Greek mythology, a creation himself of "antique fable".

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14. Midsummer Nights Dream traced these themes to the works of Macrobius, Apuleius, and Giordano Bruno.

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15. Midsummer Nights Dream counted among them fantasy, blind love, and divine love.

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16. Midsummer Nights Dream viewed the play as representing three phases or movements.

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17. Midsummer Nights Dream cited the lightness of the characterisation as supporting of his view.

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18. Midsummer Nights Dream thought that Bottom was conceited but good natured, and shows a considerable store of imagination in his interaction with the representatives of the fairy world.

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19. Midsummer Nights Dream commented favourably on their individualisation and their collective richness of character.

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20. Midsummer Nights Dream described them as homely creatures with "hard hands and thick heads".

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21. Midsummer Nights Dream views this supposed friendship as not grounded in spiritual association.

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22. Midsummer Nights Dream speaks of the Indies as scented with the aroma of flowers and as the place where mortals live in the state of a half-dream.

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23. Midsummer Nights Dream's views on the Indies seem to Kehler to be influenced by Orientalism.

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24. Midsummer Nights Dream thought that it was an allegorical depiction of the errors of sensual love, which is likened to a dream.

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25. Midsummer Nights Dream denied the theory that this play should be seen as a dream.

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26. Midsummer Nights Dream viewed Bottom as the best-drawn character, with his self-confidence, authority, and self-love.

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27. Midsummer Nights Dream thought that this play indicated Shakespeare's maturity as a playwright, and that its "Thesean harmony" reflects proper decorum of character.

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28. Midsummer Nights Dream agreed with Malone that this did not fit their stations in life, but viewed this behaviour as an indication of parody about class differences.

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29. Midsummer Nights Dream viewed Oberon as angry with the "caprices" of his queen, but unable to anticipate that her charmed affections would be reserved for a weaver with a donkey's head.

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30. Midsummer Nights Dream was particularly amused by the way Bottom reacts to the love of the fairy queen: completely unfazed.

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31. Midsummer Nights Dream viewed Bottom as a lucky man on whom Fortune showered favours beyond measure.

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32. Midsummer Nights Dream regarded Theseus as the voice of Shakespeare himself and the speech as a call for imaginative audiences.

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33. Midsummer Nights Dream turned his attention to Theseus' speech about "the lunatic, the lover, and the poet" and to Hippolyta's response to it.

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34. Midsummer Nights Dream's notes that prior to the 1840s, all stage productions of this play were adaptations unfaithful to the original text.

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35. Midsummer Nights Dream concluded that poetry and the stage do not fit together.

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36. Midsummer Nights Dream identified the tale of Pyramus and Thisbe as a burlesque of the Athenian lovers.

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37. Midsummer Nights Dream found this to be a grave error of the writer.

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38. Midsummer Nights Dream found that the "more exalted characters" are subservient to the interests of those beneath them.

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39. Midsummer Nights Dream felt the depiction of the supernatural was among Shakespeare's strengths, not weaknesses.

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40. Midsummer Nights Dream concluded that poets should be allowed to depict things which do not exist but derive from popular belief.

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41. Midsummer Nights Dream was preoccupied with the question of whether fairies should be depicted in theatrical plays, since they did not exist.

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42. Midsummer Nights Dream states that during times of carnival and festival, male power is broken down.

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43. Midsummer Nights Dream would rather be a tyrant and recites some lines of Ercles.

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