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The Dream: Order and disorder?

Hierarchies and challenges to them

  1. The Medieval universe: a closed space, ordered and hierarchical.
    http://web.UVic.CA/shakespeare/Library/SLT/ideas/spheres.html
    Where do you find hierarchies in A Midsummer Night's Dream?)

  2. The elements and humours: a symmetrical four, again with its hierarchy.
    http://web.UVic.CA/shakespeare/Library/SLT/ideas/sublunary.html
    http://web.UVic.CA/shakespeare/Library/SLT/ideas/elements.html
    http://web.UVic.CA/shakespeare/Library/SLT/ideas/humours.html
    Are there any characters in Dream or Shrew who fit the humours?

  3. Ladders and chains of being.
    http://web.UVic.CA/shakespeare/Library/SLT/ideas/chain.html
    How rigid is the social structure of Shakespeare's early comedies?

  4. Social order: From Theseus to Bottom
    http://web.UVic.CA/shakespeare/Library/SLT/ideas/socialorder.html
    Where do the fairies fit in?
    And what about Puck?
    http://web.UVic.CA/shakespeare/Library/SLT/ideas/folklore.html

  5. Order in the family and between the sexes?.
    http://web.UVic.CA/shakespeare/Library/SLT/ideas/sexes.html
    http://web.UVic.CA/shakespeare/Library/SLT/society/status.html
    Theseus and Hippolyta?
    The pairs of lovers

  6. Microcosm and macrocosm: out there and in here.
    http://web.UVic.CA/shakespeare/Library/SLT/ideas/macromicro.html
    Titania speaks of cosmic disorder
    http://web.UVic.CA/shakespeare/Library/SLT/ideas/disorder.html
    Are there any other signs of cosmic disturbance in the play?

  7. Happily ever after.
    http://web.UVic.CA/shakespeare/Library/SLT/society/ceremony.html
    How well matched are the pairs at the end?

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