Book Review

Book Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

When it comes to Shakespeare, I always doubt if I would be able to understand his language. After all, he was the one who gave the English language over a thousand new words! But I always put my fearless cap on and just read away, feeling the words instead of thinking about them, and that’s where the joy of reading lies for me.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a comedy. The theme could not have been more convivial, it was a mix of fantasy and romance. Set in Athens, where the occasion is the nuptial of a duke and his to-be wife. Along with this, we have four young people, sorting out their love problems, choosing the woods for a meeting place, the woods ruled by fairies!

The fairy lords Oberon and Titania have their own conflict. Oberon, with the help of his faithful Puck tries to teach Titania a lesson by using the powers of a magical flower, a flower whose essence once dropped on a person’s eyes, would love the first creature that those eyes see. The two couples get caught up in this web of magic, and confusion ensues, events take place just like in a dream.

Every dialogue is in the form of a beautiful poem, which is where the genius of Shakespeare stands out. And the whole story is full of fun, the ending too is a befitting, happy ending. The play is short, around 60 pages, so I would recommend my readers to experience this magical tale, a great classic, a beautiful work of art.

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