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Why is the play A Midsummer Night's Dream popular?

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user1450001 | Student, Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted March 18, 2013 at 12:42 PM via web

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Why is the play A Midsummer Night's Dream popular?

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 25, 2013 at 10:14 PM (Answer #1)

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The play is popular because it is humorous and has a happy ending.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a story of love, fairies, and mischief.  What’s not to like?  The play’s universal popularity is largely due to its simple plot—a group of lovers and a group of fairies—that is complicated in a simple way.

There is plenty of comic relief.  When Puck trades Bottom’s head for that of a donkey, there is plenty of humor in the puns that follow.

BOTTOM:

I see their knavery: this is to make an ass of me;

to fright me, if they could. (Act 3, Scene 1)

Ass accuses the other craftsman of making an ass of him when they run from him, when really Puck made an ass of him (literally), because he was making an ass of himself (figuratively) when making a fool of himse.f.

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user1450001 | Student , Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted March 26, 2013 at 8:22 AM (Answer #2)

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Thank You Litteacher8 !
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Wiggin42 | Student , Grade 12 | eNoter

Posted March 18, 2014 at 12:14 AM (Answer #3)

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Midsummer Night's Dream is such a popular play because its timeless and has universal themes. The notion of love and unrequited love is very much relevant to people everywhere. Jealousy is also prominent: Oberon is jealous of Titania's love for the changeling boy; Helena jealous of Hermia for having Demetrius's love; and Demetrius jealous of Lysander for having Hermia's love. The play is also incredibly entertaining and humorous: Puck plays tricks on the lovers, the crude mechanicals bumble their way through a play, and there are a slew of puns and banter. 

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