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background image Bad at Love Fathers/husbands controlling female body as normative Sexual violence endemic in Athenian law Theater as transformation of patriarchal structure into fantasy Chastity allows women to assert independence The Woods Space of desire Freudian “id”  Explores sexual alternative to marriages Looks beneath romantic comedy Maladjusted heteroerotic relationships Suggests brutal/bestial eroticism present Hippolyta­ stampeding horse Titania and Bottom Purpose: humiliation of Titania and pleasure for Oberon Uneasiness with female role in sexuality and wooing Suggests latent desire for bestiality Commoner : royal :: ass : human Bestiality permitted by the woods Animal/human nature conflated Blurs class boundaries Using benign violation theory to problematize repression in 
marriage
Love­in­idleness Links Athens, fairies, mechanicals Power over vision, administered when most vulnerable Drug links onstage recipient to play’s external audience 2 nd  drug acts as antidote and cyclical nature of play Dream motif shows illicit, excessive, sexual desire
background image Highlights how fickle love is through flower Problematizes patriarchal marriage as arbitrary, repressed 
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Questions chain of being More Than Just a Dream Early Modern Dreams Prophetic Very few dreams used as a literary trope Access primeval time Linked to holidays and midsummer madness Sleep Unsure of reality vs imagination Sleep is gateway to revelation and reordering Almost every character falls asleep onstage Theatre offers a physical, imaginative space where fantasies are 
played out
Hermia (3.2) Dread, fear Doesn’t know where Lysander is Afraid of Lysander leaving Foreshadows Alludes to Adam and Eve Phallic intrusion = hostile and possessive Reassert control over sexual impulses ONLY REAL DREAM IN THE PLAY Bottom Immediately and intuitively impressed with significance More reality than fantasy Transformed from arrogant to humble Titania

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School: University of California Riverside
Department: English
Course: Shakespeare
Term: Fall 2018
Tags: Shakespeare
Name: Week 9
Description: Notes for Week 9 of Shakespeare
Uploaded: 12/04/2018
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