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Did Shakespeare have a specific reason for writing "A Midsummer Night's Dream"?

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xxxboxxx | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 26, 2007 at 6:38 AM via web

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Did Shakespeare have a specific reason for writing "A Midsummer Night's Dream"?

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mdw29 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 3, 2008 at 11:14 PM (Answer #1)

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Shakespeare wrote his plays, especially his comedies, to entertain his audiences. Remember, writing plays (and acting in them sometimes) was his job. Shakespeare wrote this play using comedy, romance, fantasy, and a little bit of adventure so that there would be something that appealed to every audience member.

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revolution | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted July 25, 2009 at 11:46 AM (Answer #2)

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He wrote this play just to provide some comic relief and laughter to the audience to savour. He imports several similar themes that he had used in other plays like "art vs life", "dreams vs reality" and "couple vs parents".

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mcmann00 | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 25, 2009 at 4:12 PM (Answer #3)

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The key is in the summer delirium.  These characters were intoxicated by the frivolity of summer.  As a portrait of life the play is meaningless.  As a snapshot of life's frivolity Shakespeare entertains his audience.  I saw this play at Stratford-on-Avon Shakespeare theatre 15 years ago.  Only recently has it's genius dawned on me.

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wanderista | Student, Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted February 25, 2012 at 4:51 AM (Answer #4)

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Shakespeare did have a motif to write the  play A Midsummer Night's Dream. He wrote the play to perform for the English royal family, as a way of comic relief from the depression seeming to be in abundance in the land. Usually, Shakespeare just writes to entertain his audiences, but in the case of A Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare was writing for the royal family of England.

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