A Midsummer Night's Dream
A Midsummer Night's Dream is perhaps the most popular of the Shakespearean comedies. Hippolyta probably says it best: "This is the silliest stuff that ever I heard." A Midsummer Night's Dream is deceptive, because it appears to be merely a hodge-podge of comical situations. While the play is a compilation of several stories from many different sources, Shakespeare interwove the material into a complex study on the limits of love and hate. The play centers on the imagination; therefore, the script includes dreams, notions of love, songs, poetry, and a play within a play. Therefore, we see the fancy pitted against the reasonable.