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In A Midsummer Night's Dream by Shakespeare, how is the play within a play a parody of dramatic traditions?

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At the wedding feast for Hippolyta and Theseus, the Mechanicals perform a dramatic version of "Pyramus and Thisbe", a tragic story by the Roman author Ovid which is very similar to Romeo and Juliet.

The Mechanicals' performance of the play parodies dramatic conventions by ignoring most of them. Instead of staying in character, for example, the players (actors) stop and enter into conversation with the audience. They also make misleading statements by not using the proper punctuation or pauses to make their meanings clear. Quince, who plays the wall, stops to explain that...

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