Essay on A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Shakespeare

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Shakespeare has a way of creating his characters so the audience can relate to them in a way. In his villains we see the negative characteristics that are in ourselves and others around us; things that often define the “natural man” such as greed or jealousy. With the entire terrible and treacherous thing that Shakespeare makes his villains do, he always manages to make them human in a way. As if he is meaning to display that no matter how twisted a person can be, they are still a person. In Shakespeare’s plays Othello, Hamlet, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the villains share the characteristics of greed, clever and conniving ways, and recklessness; however, they all bring their own features to the table. The first of the villains is …show more content…
The definition of a villain only loosely applies; especially when in comparison with some of Shakespeare’s other villains. King Claudius is the initial villain in Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, and is the cause of many, arguably all, of the death’s in the play. Claudius is defined by his greed, his conniving actions, and his overall recklessness by his demise in the end of the play. Claudius killed his brother, Hamlet, Sr., King of Denmark; by pouring poison is ear while he was sleeping in his garden. As if that wasn’t enough, he married King Hamlet’s wife, Gertrude, and gained the title King Claudius. He thinks he has gotten away with his conniving plan and his greed had been fulfilled, until young Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, looks into his father’s death after he meets his father’s ghost on the battlements. Young Hamlet exposes his Stepfather/Uncle and plots to kill him; Claudius knows that he must kill Hamlet before Hamlet kills him. This is when Claudius becomes reckless and ends up getting himself, Gertrude, Laertes, and Hamlet killed. Claudius knows that he is the villain and admits to himself, “O, my offence is rank it smells to heaven.” (Act

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