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By William Shakespeare

Magic, love spells, and an enchanted wooden give you the fabrics for one among Shakespeare's most pleasurable comedies. while 4 younger fanatics, fleeing the Athenian legislations and their very own mismatched rivalries, take to the woodland of Athens, their lives turn into entangled with a feud among the King and Queen of the Fairies. a few Athenian tradesmen, rehearsing a play for the impending marriage ceremony of Duke Theseus and his bride, Hippolyta, accidentally upload to the hilarity. the result's a fabulous mix-up of wish and attraction, merriment and farce, all touched via Shakespeare's inimitable imaginative and prescient of the fascinating courting among artwork and lifestyles, desires and the waking world.

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In O’Neill, too, the tension between a narrated past and a narrative present is the root of irony no less than of temporary consolation. In the persons of Erie and Hughes we have the two irreducible aspects of story or, indeed, of theatre: a speaker and a listener. They meet, if at all, only in the fictions which they momentarily agree to give the force of reality. Otherwise their only consolation lies in habit or the stasis of boredom. And Proust’s remark, quoted by Beckett in his study of that writer – ‘Of all human plants .

His characters, too, give birth astride the grave and try to make sense of their abandonment (Camino Real, perhaps his most obviously absurdist work, was actually produced in the same year that Beckett’s Waiting for Godot opened in Paris). But Williams, unlike Beckett, is enough of a romantic to feel heat even in the cold flame of such ironies. Beckett’s figures are the uncomprehending products of their situation, drained of substance, alienated even from the language they speak. Williams’s characters resist with the only weapons they possess – their imaginations and, on occasion, a vivifying sexuality which sometimes transcends the irony in which it is rooted – the illusion of connectiveness dissolving even as it is proposed, time asserting its hegemony even as it is denied.

Modern American Drama, – The choice was between Happy Loman and Stanley Kowalski. In such circumstances the past had a seductive attraction. So, Willy Loman, in Death of a Salesman, is pulled ever more back into the past of his own imagining, before the city encroached on his freedom, before the wire recorder cut across a simple act of human communication, before the automobile threatened his life and the world became such a mystery to him. So, John Proctor, in The Crucible, struggles to accommodate himself to a language which no longer speaks his life and to a system which denies him reality.

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