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

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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 without doubt one of 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 attention-grabbing 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 take into account country reliable and entertaining
Hollywood movie. yet is that this all what Shakespeare has to claim via his
drama? Did he quite intend to write 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, in an effort 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'll really pay attention to 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 display the complexity and the deep mental that means of
Shakespeare’s comedy. Returning to my first query why Shakespeare? I
would prefer to solution it, by way of quoting certainly one of my favorite critics, Northrop Frye:
“For all that has been written approximately it, Shakespearean comedy nonetheless seams to me generally misunderstood and underestimated, and my major thesis, that the 4 romances are the inevitable and real fruits of the poet’s fulfillment, is obviously much less noticeable to many than it truly is to me.” 1
I contemplate Frye’s assumption on Shakespearean comedy the sufficient solution to
my query. during this paper I intend to hunt the deep feel of A Midsummer
Night’s Dream and The Tempest, through posting them in a reflect of fixing 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 goal during this paper is to illustrate that Shakespeare’s comedy does
not simply have a delighting functionality but additionally workouts a deep psychological
impact at the previous and new generations. for my part 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 glossy world.

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