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hi guys I'm miss cavora and today we're

going to talk about contrast as a motif

in William Shakespeare's play a

Midsummer Night's Dream a motif is a

reoccurring literary device found in a

work of literature that can help to

develop and inform the works themes the

use of contrast serves as a motif

throughout a midsummer night's dream the

juxtaposition of extraordinary

differences is the most important

characteristic of the place surreal and

magical atmosphere the three main groups

of characters in A Midsummer Night's

Dream are designed to contrast

powerfully with one another

Shakespeare developed the three groups

the fairies the craftsmen and the lovers

from sources as varied as Greek

mythology English folklore and classical

literature the fairies are graceful and

magical while the craftsmen are clumsy

and earthly the craftsmen are merry

while the lovers are overly serious

contrasts in the play go far beyond the

juxtaposition of the three main groups

of characters in fact almost every

characteristic presented in the play has

an opposite

for example Helena is tall while Hermia

is short

puck loves playing pranks so it works

out perfectly that the self-important

bottom is so printable this in turn sets

up the glaring contrast between the

grotesque donkey headed bottom and the

delicate titania the most indelible

image of A Midsummer Night's Dream is of

the beautiful titania weaving flowers

into the hair of the ridiculous bottom

it's hard to imagine two figures less

compatible with each other all of these

examples and more illustrate how

contrast acts as a motif throughout a

midsummer night's dream

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