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Dream And Vision In Shakespeare's Plays

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This chapter explores the idea that the differences are largely generic, and that Shakespeare is drawn more to the meta-theatrical use of dreams in his comedies and in romantic tragedies like A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, and Antony and Cleopatra, whereas the more somber signification of dreams as otherworldly warning is more appropriate to English history plays and to a historically based tragedy like Julius Caesar. Then, the chapter explains Shakespeare returning with renewed fascination to the meta-theatrical interpretation of dreams and visions in his late romances. It shows that Shakespeare likes to write comedy in which the complications are unusually fraught with danger.

Keywords: comedy; English history plays; Julius Caesar; Shakespeare's plays



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