What is the genre of A Midsummer Night's Dream?
In the broadest sense, William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream is a comedy. It contains elements of a classic Shakespearean comedy, including lovers who must overcome problems to be together (Hermia and Demetrius, Helena and Lysander), parental interference (Helena's father), a complex, interwoven plot lines (here, several plots and subplots involving different combinations of lovers, fairies, and townsfolk), weddings (three, actually), and a happily-ever-after resolution of the plot.
A Midsummer Night's Dream also exhibits characteristics of a pastoral comedy. Although the play begins and ends the Duke's palace, and there are two scenes with the "rude mechanicals" (Quince, Snug, Bottom, Flute, Snout, and Starveling) in Quince's house, the majority of the play occurs in the forest outside Athens.
The forest in a pastoral comedy is usually an idyllic retreat from the cares and worries of city life. In A Midsummer Night's Dream , however, the forest is more a place of chaos than a place of...
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