DISCUSSION BOARD 3: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Part 1) Identify two themes in the play A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Write a paragraph explaining each theme, including evidence (try to be as specific as possible: “love” would be too general). Use textual evidence to support. ( up to your choice) (Responses between 150-200 words each ).   Need for a reply: A theme of the play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is the distinction among illusion and reality. The possibility that things may not be really what they appear to be. The contrast among illusion and reality is additionally investigated by being a play-inside a-play. In this play, the theme of illusion and reality is to comprehend the enchantment in the theater, which relied on the crowd needing to accept what is being performed before them, is actually their reality. A dream isn′t reality, despite the fact that it appears to be at the time we experience these dreams. Shakespeare intentionally makes the play in a illusory manner. Characters regularly nod off and wake in the play, having imagination illustrated in the play like in the text when it is said, ″Methought a snake destroyed my heart.″ The characters having had thought enchantment worked upon them so they are in an illusory dreaming state or to them believing that they have envisioned such a dream like when said ″I have had a fantasy, past the mind of man to state what dream it was.” Shakespeare, William. A Midsummer Night′s Dream.” The Bedford Introduction to Drama.  In A Midsummer Night′s Dream, another theme can be presented as Insubordination. The order in Egeus′s family is compromised to the fact that his daughter wishes to marry against her father’s orders. At the point inthe play when the characters end up in the woods, away from their arranged ranked society, order separates and connections within the characters are damaged. But in this play it is as a comedy, so connections are all more cheerfully remade before the characters come back to the reality of their society. An example: 1. I agree with your post. I found it interesting that you included what the audience feels as part of the theme, as I never even thought of their view.  I do agree that the audience′s acceptance is what the character′s reality is, and for the characters it′s their illusion as Shakespeare has made it clear that what the character′s altered reality is, feels like a dream to them. Also, I liked how you incorporated the quotes to go with your theme, as it does go with the illusions of reality that the characters face throughout A Midsummer Night′s Dream, Further, I liked your the,e of insubordination. I liked how you added the fact that the decision of Egeus′ daughter is the reason why she goes through a roller coaster of emotions and events in the play. The comedic tone adds a funny element of Hermia′s problems in A Midsummer Night′s Dream, and I really think you did a great job at portraying the themes of this play. 2. I agree with the themes you present in your discussion post as some of the main plot points in the play do revolve around these themes. The distinction between illusion and reality is a really big theme in A Midsummer Night′s Dream because, as you do say in your post, the characters do spend a lot of time moving between their dreams and reality, so making a distinction between these two things becomes very important. I think another way to use that theme would be the distinction between their preferred illusion and their reality, since most of the characters are fighting recognizing their current reality or trying to live in their own personal illusion. The other theme you mention, insubordination, becomes really prominent because when they escape structured society they do not know how to continue their lives as they used to live them. Without the threat of a higher power catching them or trying to get them killed the entire balance of their relationships are messed up. I think that you chose themes that really embodied the play, and you did a very good job. DISCUSSION BOARD 4: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (part 2) 1.What ironies do you find in the play?  2. The love story is really complete by the end of the fourth act. What does the fifth act contribute to the play? Support your answers with textual evidence from the play.  (Please include work count. Post must be between 200-250 words/ Responses between 150-200 words each).   Need for a reply: Irony is used by Shakespeare a lot in the play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” as a catalyst to create a comedic effect as well as a plot point to enrich the stories narrative. One such Irony is the love triangle experienced in the story, in the beginning Lysander and Demetrius are in love with Hermia. However, with the introduction of the love potion/flower the plot thickens with both characters falling in love with Helena, reversing their affections on to her which adds to the plays general irony.  Another form of irony in the play is when we the reader are informed that Helena loves Demetrius, and after learning that Hermia is being pressured into an arranged marriage to him, she shows no ill will to her friend. However at the start of one of main conflicts of the story when both Demetrius and Lysander fall in love with Helena, then we see Hermia get jealous and be the opposite of her friend, showing forms of disrespect and aggression. As shown in the story when Hermia quotes “O me.. you Juggler..you cankerblossom you thief of love.. what, have you come by night and stol’n my love’s heart from him” (Jacobus 323).  Act 5 of the play serves mainly as an epilogue and ending of the play, its main concern is to quickly reiterate everything that happened and give a happy comedic wholesome ending. Act 5 also acts as a uniting factor in the play showing all the characters coming together story wise for it shows the actors performing the play they were planning to act in as well as the marriage between the characters Demetrius and Helena, as well as Lysander and Hermia. This is shown after resolution of the lovers quarrel when Theseus says “The iron tongue of midnight hath told twelve…. Lovers to bed; tis almost fairy time” (Jacobus 335). This ending incorporates all the characters and emphasizes that the events are so unbelievable it can only be a dream as described by the fairies and the lovers. Example: Hey Matthew I agree that Shakespeare utilizes irony in A Midsummer Night′s Dream to enhance the comedic effect of the play itself. Shakespeare′s introduction of the love potion and changing of the feelings of the two characters Lysander and Demetrius, allows for the literary device of dramatic irony to be introduced into the narrative of the plot. Essentially, dramatic irony is defined as when the audience is shown what unfolds in a situation during a play all the while having the main characters in the production being absolutely clueless to the matter at hand. I also agree with your statement where you express that the final act of Midsummer is essentially a wrap up of some sorts where all the characters in the show come together and express their feelings about the events that just unfolded. It is so true how the ending essentially breaks the fourth wall and expresses to the audience that the entire show itself is too fantastical to happen in real life.