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by William Shakespeare

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How is the internal play, "Pyramus and Thisbe," related to the thematic concerns of A Midsummer Night's Dream as a whole?

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The comically tragic play-within-a-play in A Midsummer Night's Dream is presented as a condensed form of the important themes and ideas of Shakespeare's play itself. Further, the bumbling performances of the actors render the tragedy of "Pyramus and Thisbe" certain farcical elements that serve to satirize the melodramatic Athenian lovers. This contribution of the internal play thus lends Shakespeare's play a comedic and happy ending.

Here are some thematic concerns of A Midsummer Night's Dream:

Love's problems

Lysander's observation, "The course of true love never did run smooth,” becomes pragmatic in this play because the action of the play revolves around different lovers' attempts to unite with the ones with whom they want to be, rather than those with whom they are made to be by the oppression of patriarchy. Hermia the daughter of Egeus, an Athenian courtier, loves Lysander and he loves her. Helena loves Demetrius, but Demetrius loves Hermia instead of Helena.

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