Historical Context in A Midsummer Night's Dream
Shakespeare wrote A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the 1590’s, around the time that he was also writing Romeo and Juliet. Unlike Romeo and Juliet though, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a comedy that parodies the traditional love stories and dramas of Shakespeare’s time. A Midsummer Night’s Dream also exaggerates and pokes fun at romantic conventions of actual Elizabethan society. Additionally, the play-within-the-play style mocks the conventions and limitations of Elizabethan theatre itself, making it even more comical for Shakespeare’s audiences.