After so much material from pagan antiquity, there is also the source of St Paul's letter to the Corinthians.
This text, central to the Christian tradition, lies behind Bottom's account of his marvellous dream.
James's and Ben Jonson's pedantic learning met in the pleasure which both of them derived from this versified mythology, while it opened to the queen a welcome field for the display of her love of pomp.
This text contained the stories of Daphne and Apollo, Cupid's golden and leaden arrows, the battle of the Centaurs and, most importantly, Pyramus and Thisbe.In Germany, as well as in England, it has repeatedly been pointed out that A Midsummer Night's Dream in its character resembles a masque.It is true that we possess comparatively few indications for forming a correct estimate of the earlier state of masques, yet these few are sufficient to enable us to judge of the resemblance between them and Shakespeare's most charming comedy.antagonist · None; the play’s tensions are mostly the result of circumstances, accidents, and mistakes.settings (time) · Combines elements of Ancient Greece with elements of Renaissance England settings (place) · Athens and the forest outside its walls point of view · Varies from scene to scene falling action · Act V, scene i, which centers on the craftsmen’s play tense · Present foreshadowing · Comments made in Act I, scene i about the difficulties that lovers face tones · Romantic; comedic; fantastic; satirical; dreamlike; joyful; farcical symbols · Theseus and Hippolyta represent order, stability, and wakefulness; Theseus’s hounds represent the coming of morning; Oberon’s love potion represents the power and instability of love.
Chaucer's Merchant's Tale has the fairy King and Queen (here named Pluto and Proserpina) arguing over a mismatched pair of mortal lovers.