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A Midsummer Night's Dream Plot Diagram
Samuel Boyceon 19 March 2013
Transcript of A Midsummer Night's Dream Plot Diagram
Theseus and Hippolyta, both noble and wealthy, are preparing for their wedding, and all is swell.
Characters Hermia and Lysander are in love, but another male named Demetrius loves Hermia. Another girl named Helena is all alone. Lysander and Hermia are in love and want to be married, but Hermia's father (Egeus) wants her to marry Demetrius. Egeus goes to Theseus to force Hermia and Demetrius's love and marriage. Theseus does not necessarily agree with Egeus's logic, but he warns Hermia to follow his orders.
Despite the possible consequences, Hermia and Lysander run away with their love. Helena hears that Lysander and Hermia are running away. She used to be in a relationship with Demetrius, but he left her. Helena, still in love with Demetrius, tells him that Hermia and Lysander are running away in hopes that he will love her back. Demetrius decides to follow Hermia, and Helena follows. This infuriates Demetrius, who does not like Helena. Instead of leaving him alone, Helena continues to follow him and beg for his love. The couples run away into a nearby forest, where there are many fairies. The fairy queen (Titania) and the fairy king (Oberon) are in a feud over an Indian boy, who Titania took from Oberon. Seeking revenge, Oberon orders another fairy (Puck) to squeeze a love potion into Titanias' eyes which will cause her to fall in love with the first thing she sees after waking. He also sees Demetrius acting rudely to Helena, and Puck is ordered to put the potion in Demetrius's eyes. Elsewhere in the forest, a group of peasant rehearses its performance of a play which they will perform at Theseus and Hippolyta's marriage. Puck decides to fool around and puts a donkey head onto one of the peasants (Bottom). All of Bottom's peasant friends run away. Climax Puck leaves on his journey to put the potion in Demetrius's eyes. However, Puck accidentally places the love potion into Lysander's eyes. Lysander wakes up, sees Helena, and ends up falling in love with her. Puck, not knowing his mistake yet, goes on with his job and puts the potion in Titania's eyes. She wakes up and falls in love with the donkey-headed Bottom. Later that night, Puck learns of his mistake with Lysander. He tries to correct himself and fix the situation by putting the potion in Demetrius's eyes. Meanwhile, Titania and Bottom continue loving. The play reaches its height when Puck accidentally places the love potion into the eyes of Demetrius, which causes him to fall in love with Helena. This sudden change causes Helena to hesitate and question their true motives, as she believes that Demetrius and Lysander are only mocking her. However, Hermia begins to argue with Helena, blaming Helena for stealing Lysander from her. After seeing Hermia threaten Helena, both boys come to the protection of her, but end up arguing themselves. Not knowing what to think, Helena runs off into the woods by herself, while Demetrius and Lysander also wander off to settle their fight. As the young Athenians go to sleep in the woods, Puck squeezes the love potion into the eyes of Lysander and declares that in the morning, everything shall return back to normal. Puck and Oberon enter into the glade to find Titania in love with Bottom, and celebrate the successes of their revenge. Oberon orders the exchange of the Indian boy for the antidote for the love spell, and Titania complies. Oberon and Titania leave and Puck returns Bottom's head to that of a human. Theseus enters to find the Athenian lovers asleep, and as he wakes them, beckons the youths to join him at his wedding feast. After Theseus and Hippolyta are wedded (as are Demetrius and Helena as well as Lysander and Hermia), they command to see the play Bottom and his friends have prepared. At Quince's house, the craftsmen are all wondering where Bottom is and are considering dropping their performance. However, Bottom triumphantly enters the house and declares that the play must go on. And, to the amusement of Theseus and the other royals, the play is clumsily and comically performed, earning them praise for their performance. Puck enters into the castle and exclaims that he is there to tie up all loose ends. Shortly after, Oberon and Titania enter the castle and bless the lovers so that all stay true to one another and no harm visits Theseus and Hippolyta. Once the two fairies leave, Puck makes one final address to the audience, stating that if the play has offended anyone, they are to remember it was all a dream. A Midsummer Night's Dream