Approfondimento sulla funzione del metateatro nell'opera di Shakespeare, con particolare riferimento a Sogno di una notte di mezza estate. Il tutto è in lingua inglese (2 pagine formato doc)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare is one of the most important works characterized by the play within the play. The theme, in fact, is often used by the author, but in this particular comedy it has got one of the main place in order to importance.
It appears in three acts( fist, third and fifth) and it seems to be laid in regular structure which organizes the scenes of theatres in a parallel drama.
It can have different functions, it’s a document to show how a company works or a joke about bad actors or self-irony or, definitively, a way to increase audience’s approval.
The theme of the play-within-a-play, or meta-theatre, is not Shakespeare’s invention, but it takes origins in the Latin play writer Plauto.
Shakespeare and the play within a play
Shakespeare often uses play within the play in his dramas; very famous is, in fact, Hamlet, or the less known The Taming of the Shrew. Sometimes it isn’t divided from the story, as in Midnight, where it occupies a scene on his own, but it’s a spontaneous internal drama as if a scene between two characters seemed artificial..