'A Midsummer Night’s Dream' and 'The Tempest' in the mirror by Cornelia Kaltenbacher

By Cornelia Kaltenbacher

Thesis (M.A.) from the yr 2007 within the topic American reports - Comparative Literature, grade: intestine, collage of Dusseldorf "Heinrich Heine", forty eight entries within the bibliography, language: English, summary: Shakespeare is among the so much analysed and “criticised” poet within the history
of literature. Why Shakespeare? the answer's effortless. he isn't merely most
analysed but additionally the most well-liked dramatist that has ever existed.
Shakespeare’s drama has been interesting his viewers and readers via the
centuries. The plots of Shakespeare’s drama appear to be easy, dealing with
human and social topics like love, marriage, homicide, intrigue, complot and
revenge. On a primary sight, they bear in mind united states of america sturdy and entertaining
Hollywood movie. yet is that this all what Shakespeare has to claim via his
drama? Did he rather intend to jot down advertisement performs, with no giving a deeper
sense to his literary paintings? I don’t imagine so. i believe Shakespeare achieved
through his “simple” plots to get deeply into the minds and souls of his
audience, to be able to lead them to conceive the complexity in their personal lives and
feelings. i don't intend to determine his own message within the drama or to
interpret his intentions. i'm going to quite be aware of his paintings and check out to discover out,
what form of message Shakespeare’s comedy transmitted to his viewers and
above all to his skilled readers, higher stated, to his literary critics. My paper
shall exhibit the complexity and the deep mental that means of
Shakespeare’s comedy. Returning to my first query why Shakespeare? I
would wish to resolution it, by way of quoting considered one of my favorite critics, Northrop Frye:
“For all that has been written approximately it, Shakespearean comedy nonetheless seams to me greatly misunderstood and underestimated, and my major thesis, that the 4 romances are the inevitable and actual end result of the poet’s success, is obviously much less noticeable to many than it really is to me.” 1
I reflect on Frye’s assumption on Shakespearean comedy the enough resolution to
my query. during this paper I intend to hunt the deep feel of A Midsummer
Night’s Dream and The Tempest, by way of posting them in a replicate of adjusting severe methods, starting with the mythological view, carrying on with with the
political and new serious point of view and finishing with my own notes. My
main function during this paper is to illustrate that Shakespeare’s comedy does
not basically have a delighting functionality but additionally routines a deep psychological
impact at the previous and new generations. in my view he was once not just a genius
of the drama, but in addition an initiator of the renaissance of legendary and archaic
values within the smooth world.

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