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A Midsummer Night's Dream and Change

What does Shakespeare's play 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' have to say about transformation?

You should start by considering (and on a practical note, listing) the different types of transformation that occur in the play (physical, emotional, status, etc.), and who is responsible for bringing them about: for example, Bottom has no control over his physical transformation into a donkey, and nor does Demetrius have control over his transformation to loving Helena, but the actors have control over their transformation into the characters in 'Pyramus and Thisbe'... Consider what this suggests about the control we have over our own destinies, and the destinies of others...
17 March 2013
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