What is the significance of the play's title?
The title of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is very meaningful in the context of the play. First of all, it is important to know that midsummer was a specific date that was looked to as a holiday, and many celebrations would revolve around it. This date was typically the summer solstice, but it could fluctuate a bit—it was on or around June 22nd.
In pagan tradition, as well as historical British and European tradition, midsummer was a deeply magical night. It was exactly opposite the winter solstice, which was a night of rest, the longest night of the year. Winter solstice was revered as the passing of the year, when souls would travel to the Underworld. Midsummer was the opposite—it was full of life and magic. For that reason, the sprites and mischievous spirits that are present in the play make a lot of sense.
Additionally, it was traditional to have weddings around the time of June. Therefore, this play has a great setting in which to intertwine a wedding with the activity of...
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