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A Midsummer Night's Dream

by William Shakespeare

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What does the use of different "worlds" in A Midsummer Night's Dream contribute to its comedy?

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Comedy is characterized by, among other things, sharp contrast in world views, intentions, perceptions of realities, etc. The contrast between the perceptions, actions, and intentions of the Mechanicals, the Court Figures, the Lovers, and the Fairies, all of whom inhabit the same Space and Time, and are yet, to varying degrees, separate, creates a world in the play formed of many realities, weaving, dancing and intertwining, reflective of our own. The stark contrast between all of them as and when they meet, makes this a comic masterpiece.

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