|A Midsummer Night's Dream
The works listed will allow your students to further explore the theme
of Love and Magic and other themes related to A Midsummer Night's
Shakespeare, William. As You Like It. Like A Midsummer Night's
Dream, this comedy portrays young lovers and conflict that gets
resolved in a forest; it also includes statements on the relation between
theater and life.
Chaucer, Geoffrey. "The Knight's Tale." The Canterbury Tales. The
Poetical Works of Chaucer. Ed. F. N. Robinson. Boston: Houghton,
1933. Chaucer's tale, set in Theseus's court in Athens, is about conflict
between rival lovers. One of the main sources for A Midsummer Night's
Tolkien, J.R.R. The Lord of the Rings. Boston: Houghton, 1991.
An epic trilogy set in a remote, legendary past where dwarfs, elves,
trolls and other fantastic creatures live. (average)
Epstein, Norrie. The Friendly Shakespeare. New York: Viking-Penguin,
1993. An accessible guide to Shakespeare's life and work. (average)
Lace, William. Elizabethan England. San Diego: Lucent, 1995.
An introduction to life in Elizabethan England. (easy)
Thomas, Keith. Religion and the Decline of Magic. New York: Scribner's,
1971. A comprehensive discussion of beliefs about the supernatural world
in Renaissance England. (challenge)