Athens and Forest Reading Through a Midsummer Night’s Dream, Written by William Shakespeare, It Is Easy to Find Out That the Play Can Be Separated by Two Sides Generally. One of Them Is Near World, Represents Complexity,

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Reading through A Midsummer Night’s Dream, written by William Shakespeare, it is easy to find out that the play can be separated by two sides generally. One of them is near world, represents complexity, statutory and fact. The other one is mystical kingdom, represents simplicity, freedom and dream. William Shakespeare uses antithesis to point out the differences from near world and mystical kingdom. The first thing, there are some differences in the complexity of people’s life. Athens, in the other words near world, wedding is a complicated ceremony. In ancient Athens, wedding ceremonies started after dark. Her family followed the chariot on foot, carrying the gifts. Friends of the bride and groom lit the way, carrying torches and playing music to scare away evil spirits (Unknown). Especially for the royalties, they usually hire hundreds of people to ready the performances for their wedding. Those multifarious ceremonies are used to entertainment and invocation. In addition, civility is very important and complexity. Talking with people who have higher rank, they have to use many humble words to show their respect. Beside near world, mystical kingdom does not have that much propriety. Spirits do not need many ways to disport. They are so simply that even a mirror can make them happy.
William Shakespeare also points out the second difference in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which is legal system. In Athens, people have laws to limit women’s right. Women have to listen to her father or the other men in her family. They must obey laws or be punished. According to a book A Day in Old Athens, Athenian marriages are arranged. — Over this typical Athenian home reigns the wife of the master. Public opinion frowns upon celibacy, and there are relatively few unmarried men in Athens. An Athenian girl is brought up with the distinct expectation of matrimony.…...

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