Surname Tutor Course Date Why we laugh “at” the “mechanicals” rather than “with” them The Norton Shakespeare: based on the Oxford Edition argues that “We are invited at once to join in the mockery of the inept performers and to distance ourselves from the mockers.” In ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ by Shakespeare the audience is said to laugh at the ‘rude mechanicals’ rather than with them because the mechanicals main role in the play is to portray Theseus’s approaching nuptials with Hippolyta the queen of the Amazon. They are simply the butt of Puck’s naughty jokes. They employ the use of repeated oxymoron diva like behavior “That will ask some tears in the true performing of it” and we see the use of hash which is a result of their attempt to portray amateurish dramatics. We get to see particular play though not very obvious to the reader. It is important to note that the mechanicals aren’t simply fools since in Shakespearean times and in most of his works ‘fools’ tended to be very talented linguistically often posing riddles and succeeding at making their well-educated masters appear stupid. It is possible that in A Midsummer Night’s Dream Shakespeare may have been aiming a subtle dagger at those who tended to criticize his profession trying to state that writing and performing plays is never as easy a task as it appears to be. This is evident because in his other plays the affluent working cadre characters are mostly wise and quick witted but in A Midsummer Night’s Dream they are outwitted by the mere mortals. Work cited Shakespeare William. "The Norton Shakespeare: based on the Oxford edition." (1997). [...]
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