Illustration of a donkey-headed musician in between two white trees

A Midsummer Night's Dream

by William Shakespeare
Start Free Trial

Discuss A Midsummer Night's Dream as a romantic comedy.

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream fits the description of "romantic comedy" for at least two reasons: it focuses on the romantic relationships of characters, and it ends in marriages. The latter trope is typical of classical comedies. While tragedies end in deaths and/or downfalls of protagonists, comedies end...

See
This Answer Now

Start your 48-hour free trial to unlock this answer and thousands more. Enjoy eNotes ad-free and cancel anytime.

Get 48 Hours Free Access

William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream fits the description of "romantic comedy" for at least two reasons: it focuses on the romantic relationships of characters, and it ends in marriages. The latter trope is typical of classical comedies. While tragedies end in deaths and/or downfalls of protagonists, comedies end in marriages. Along the way, there are obstacles that create humor and comedy, but these plays end happily, with the lovers paired and united.

Shakespeare's play follows the antics of two young men and women: Hermia loves Lysander, but her father insists she marry Demetrius. Helena, meanwhile, is in love with Demetrius, but he ignores her. Hermia and Lysander decide to run away. Helena reveals the plan to Demetrius, who follows them, and Helena follows him. All four young people end up in the forest and become playthings of the fairies, especially Puck. Fairy dust is applied mistakenly, and Lysander falls in love with Helena. The mistakes cause lots of comic scenes and confusion, but eventually, by the end of the night, order is restored, and the play ends with the marriages of Hermia and Lysander, and Helena and Demetrius.

Approved by eNotes Editorial Team