A Midsummer Night's Dream

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Moonlight Atmosphere


The moon is a dominant image in the play and much of the imagery revolves around it and moonlight. In fact, the word "moon" is used three times in the first nine lines of the play.

Why does Shakespeare emphasize the moon so much throughout the play?


To create a nighttime atmosphere.


To remind us of the Elizabethan idea of the relationship between the moon (or lunar object) and lunacy and lunatics.


To foreshadow for the audience all the mayhem that will be occurring during the play at night.


Since the moon is associated with nighttime and we dream at night, the play is just a dream, as stated in the title.


This is a homage to night because this is when his plays were performed.