The order of Egeus' family is threatened because his daughter wishes to marry against his will; the social order to the state demands that a father's will should be enforced.
When the city dwellers find themselves in the wood, away from their ordered and hierarchical society, order breaks down and relationships are fragmented.
The "rude mechanicals" completely fail to understand the magic of the theatre, which depends upon the audience being allowed to believe (for a time, at least) that what is being acted out in front of them is real.
When Snug the Joiner tells the stage audience that he is not really a lion and that they must not be afraid of him, we (and they) laugh at this stupidity, but we also laugh at ourselves — for we know that he is not just a joiner pretending to be a lion, but an actor pretending to be a joiner pretending to be a lion.
At one level, the story of the four young Athenians asserts that although "The course of true love never did run smooth," true love triumphs in the end, bringing happiness and harmony.
At another level, however, the audience is forced to consider what an apparently irrational and whimsical thing love is, at least when experienced between youngsters.The idea that things are not necessarily what they seem to be is at the heart of A Midsummer Night's Dream, and in the very title itself.A dream is not real, even though it seems so at the time we experience it.Or I could possibly design self-administration drugs for those at home type of people. I dream of settling down in an urban area, someplace that's not too big. I dream of having a son to carry on the family name. I plan to make something of myself, and not to give up.Or perhaps I could improve packaging designs for the medication. I have a major fear of failure, and I won't let it get to me.Much of the play takes place at night, and there are references to moonlight, which changes the appearance of what it illuminates.The difference between appearances and reality is also explored through the play-within-a-play, to particularly comic effect.Love The dominant theme in A Midsummer Night's Dream is love, a subject to which Shakespeare returns constantly in his comedies.Shakespeare explores how people tend to fall in love with those who appear beautiful to them.Without the restoration of natural order, the happiness of the play's ending could not be complete.Removing #book# from your Reading List will also remove any bookmarked pages associated with this title.