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by William Shakespeare

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In what ways does Shakespeare try to please his contemporary audience, both the aristocrats and the commoners, in A Midsummer Night's Dream?

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One way in which Shakespeare appeals to the aristocrats and the commoners in A Midsummer Night's Dream, is the Bard's inclusion of the supernatural—something people of all economic levels during his time believed in completely.

During the time of Shakespeare, the belief of fairies is persistent and widespread. Although Shakespeare may not believe in these mythological creatures himself, he does believe in using them for dramatic purposes.

A belief in the supernatural (anything that goes beyond what is seen as "natural") is not reflected only in what happens to the common folk, but also in what occurs with those of a more elevated class. While the Bottom (the weaver) and the other "players" are taunted and even (in Bottom's case) placed under a spell, the same thing happens to the young lovers, who are also the subject of Oberon's "love juice" as...

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