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A Midsummer Night's Dream
Transcript of A Midsummer Night's Dream
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Now, fair Hippolyta, our nuptial hour
Draws on apace; four happy days bring in
Marry, our play is, The most lamentable comedy, and
most cruel death of Pyramus and Thisby.
The king doth keep his revels here tonight.
Take heed the queen come not within his sight.
For Oberon is passing fell and wrath
Because that she, as her attendant hath
A lovely boy stolen from an Indian king.
She never had so sweet a changeling.
And jealous Oberon would have the child
Knight of his train, to trace the forests wild.
But she perforce withholds the lovèd boy,
Crowns him with flowers, and makes him all her joy.
Night and silence! Who is here?
Weeds of Athens he doth wear.
This is he, my master said,
Despisèd the Athenian maid.
And here the maiden, sleeping sound
On the dank and dirty ground.
Masters, I am to discourse wonders—but ask me not what, for if I tell you I am no true Athenian. I will tell you everything, right as it fell out.
And now I have the boy, I will undo
This hateful imperfection of her eyes.
And, gentle Puck, take this transformèd scalp
From off the head of this Athenian swain,
That, he awaking when the other do,
May all to Athens back again repair
And think no more of this night’s accidents
But as the fierce vexation of a dream.
But first I will release the fairy queen.
By: Ashlyn Palmero
This quote sets the circumstance of the play, there is a wedding that is going to occur.
Stand forth, Demetrius. My noble lord,
This man hath my consent to marry her.
Stand forth, Lysander: and my gracious duke,
This man hath bewitch'd the bosom of my child;
This lets me know that Hermia's father does not approve of her lover, which could be foreshadowing an upcoming event.
There, gentle Hermia, may I marry thee;
And to that place the sharp Athenian law
Cannot pursue us.
Lysander and Hermia are planning to sneak out the following night to escape Athenian law so they can marry.
This quote, said by Quince, explains that there will be a play put on at the wedding of Hippolyta and Theseus.
This quote, said by Robin, explains the jealousy and tension between Oberon and Titania, which foreshadows future events.
I’ll watch Titania when she is asleep
And drop the liquor of it in her eyes.
The next thing then she waking looks upon—
Be it on lion, bear, or wolf, or bull,
On meddling monkey or on busy ape—
She shall pursue it with the soul of love.
Oberon is planning on giving Titania a potion that will make her fall in love with whatever she sees when she wakes so that he will get the child.
Do I entice you? Do I speak you fair?
Or rather, do I not in plainest truth
Tell you I do not, nor I cannot, love you?
Helena loves Demetrius, but Demetrius does not feel the same way. This quote helps explain the situation between Helena and Demetrius.
Lysander and Hermia got lost in the woods so they laid down to rest and then Robin mistaked them for being Helena and Demetrius so he uses the potion on Lysander. So when he wakes, Lysander falls for Helena rather than Hermia.
Come, sit down, every mother’s son, and rehearse your parts.—Pyramus, you begin. When you have spoken your speech, enter into that brake.—And so everyone according to his cue.
The cast is rehearsing the play and planning how to execute each detail.
O Bottom, thou art changed! What do I see on thee?
What do you see? You see an ass head of your own, do you?
This quote explains when Bottom turns into a donkey and Titania finds him and falls for him.
(to ROBIN) What hast thou done? Thou hast mistaken quite,
And laid the love juice on some true love’s sight.
Of thy misprision must perforce ensue
Some true love turned, and not a false turned true.
Robin and Oberon overhear a conversation between Demetrius and Hermia. Hermia accused Demetrius of murdering Lysander. Oberon realizes Robin mistaked Lysander of being Demetrius.
O spite! O hell! I see you all are bent
To set against me for your merriment.
If you were civil and knew courtesy,
You would not do me thus much injury.
Can you not hate me, as I know you do,
But you must join in souls to mock me too?
If you were men, as men you are in show,
You would not use a gentle lady so
This quote by Helena shows that she feels mocked by Lysander and Demetrius, who have both been made to fall for Helena, and does not believe what they say. Which leads to arguments between Hermia, Helena, Lysander and Demetrius.
This quote tells that Oberon is pleased, so he is undoing the spell.
My lord, this is my daughter here asleep.
And this, Lysander. This Demetrius is.
This Helena, old Nedar’s Helena.
I wonder of their being here together.
Egeus, Theseus, and Hippolyta enter and find Lysander, Demetrius, Helena and Hermia and wonder why they are there.
Bottom was missing for a while which worried the other people in the play, but he returns and explains that something happened to him, but he cannot tell.
(prologue given by Quince)
We do not come as minding to contest you,
Our true intent is. All for your delight
We are not here. That you should here repent you,
The actors are at hand, and by their show
You shall know all that you are like to know.
This quote is by Quince, giving the prologue. Hippolyta, Theseus, and Lysander sit and watch the play.
If he come not, then the play is marred. It goes not forward. Doth it?
This quote explains that if Bottom does not show up, the play cannot go on.
Come, my lord, and in our flight
Tell me how it came this night
That I sleeping here was found
With these mortals on the ground.
This quote, said by Titania, is said after Oberon undoes the spell and Titania wakes, thinking her falling for Bottom was just a dream. She asks Oberon to explain what happened.
(to THESEUS) Enough, enough, my lord. You have enough!
I beg the law, the law, upon his head.—
They would have stol'n away, they would, Demetrius,
Thereby to have defeated you and me,
You of your wife and me of my consent,
Of my consent that she should be your wife.
This quote explains how Egeus realized that Theseus tried to run away with his daughter, Hermia.
But all the story of the night told over,
And all their minds transfigured so together,
More witnesseth than fancy’s images
And grows to something of great constancy,
But, howsoever, strange and admirable.
Hippolyta and Theseus speak of the "crazy" story involving the others and Theseus think they are crazy because they are in love, but Hippolyta argues that their story makes sense.