Shakespeare’s Green World


Midsummer Night’s Dream is my favorite Shakespeare play and the setting makes it really extraordinary.  I love the idea of a magical place where mischievous fairies rule and flowers bloom at night. We discussed the “Green World” in a previous Shakespeare MOOC and it was explained as a special world where society’s laws and hierarchies are meaningless. Individual desires become paramount and human potential is heightened.

Midsummer’s Eve is associated with the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, where people celebrate the life that the sun gives birth to and sustains. From my notes for the previous Shakespeare class, “If in the everyday world, desire is blocked, in the Green World individual desire is released and realized. Equally importantly, this realization of individual desire coincides with, or lends to the creation of a new everyday world order that accomodates greater human diversity.”

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