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A Midsummer Nights Dream Project

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Sydnie Grieve

on 21 January 2013

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Transcript of A Midsummer Nights Dream Project

Important Themes Love is not Easy This is shown in the play through the interaction of the following characters:
-The love square between Helena, Hermia, Lysander, and Demetrius
-The father/daughter relationship between Hermia and Egeus
-The forced love of Theseus and Hippolyta
-The fighting of Oberon and Titania Misunderstanding A Midsummer Nights Dream In the beginning of the play, Lysander and Hermia go through tough times as Hermia's father prohibits their love and she is given only three options, marry Demetrius, die, or become a nun. "...either prepare to die, for disobedience to your father's will or else wed Demetrius." -Egeus. Hermia is very upset by this, but Lysander reassures her,"The course of true love never did run smooth." Also, at the beginning of the play, both Helena and Demetrius experience unrequited love. Demetrius loves Hermia and has her fathers approval, but Hermia does not love him back and Helena loves Demetrius, but he is in love with Hermia and not her. From Demetrius to Helena, "Or rather do I not in plainst truth, tell you I do not, nor cannot love you." The conflict of Hermia's father disapproving her and Lysander's love was resolved by them running away to Lysnader's aunt's house, but Demetrius and Helena were still facing the conflict of not being loved back. "I have a widow aunt, a dowager, of great revenue, and she hath no child. From Athens is her house remote, seven leagues, and she respects me, as her only son. There, gentle Hermia, I marry thee..." -Lysander When Puck places the magic potion on Lysander instead of Demetrius, Lysander falls out of love with Hermia, leaving her heartbroken and confused, and into love with Helena who is very hurt because she believes it is all some cruel joke. "Wherefore was I to this keen mockery born? When at your hands did I deserve this scorn?" -Helena After Puck tries to undo his mistake by placing a love potion on Demetrius' eyes as well, Hermia remains heartbroken, Helena remains hurt and now Lysander and Demetrius are fighting. "Lysander! Speak again. Thou runaway, thou coward, art thou fled? Speak! In some bush? Where dost thou hide thy head?" -Demetrius The conflict is resolved when an antidote is placed on Lysander's eyes. Now Hermia and Lysander are happily in love and so are Demetrius and Helena. "Fair lovers, you are fortuantely met." -Theseus The couples continue to get married and seemingly have a happy ending, however Demetrius is still under the love spell, which means their love is not true love. "For in the temple, by and by, with us, these couples shall be eternally be knit." -Theseus Egeus, although he applies his feelings wrongfully, cares about his daughter Hermia, as every father does. "Enough, enough my lord. You have enough! I beg the law, the law, upon his head! They would have stolen away, they would, Demetrius, thereby to have defeated you and me." However, Egeus did not take the time and effort to listen to his daughter and see things through her point of view. He simply gave her the option of marrying who he thought was best or die. This caused her to run away from home in order to be with the man she loved, Lysander. This idea can be related to the real world. There are many debates going on out there about the effectiveness of strict parenting. It is possible the reason for teenagers being rebellious is that their parents are too strict . Theseus and Hippolyta's love did not start out as true love. Hippolyta was won, in a duel and became like a possession to Theseus. "Hippolyta, I woo'd thee with my sword, and won thy love, doing thee injuries; but i will wed thee in another key, with pomp, with triumph, and with revelling," Theseus. However, as they got to know each other, it became true love, showing that love is not easy. This relates to real life, arranged marriages used to be more normal than marrying for love and is still used to some countries today. Oberon and Titania are fighting because Oberon wishes to take the changeling boy and make him his knight and the henchman. "Do you amend it then. It lies in you. Why should Titania cross her Oberon? I do but beg a little changeling boy, to be my henchman." -Oberon However, Titania refuses to give the boy to him because she promised the boys mother that she would take care of him when she is gone.
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Line: 82-119 This causes Oberon to result to using magic to get the changeling boy. He puts a potion on her eyes to make her fall in love with a creature to distract her, so he could take the child. This can be related to real world, as many married people have fights and the victim of it is the child. In the play however, the victim is all of the fairy world because the whether has been greatly effected. The theme of love not being easy is used a lot in media. It makes the show or movie more interesting to watch. If every show and movie had so surprises, it was just happy throughout, they would be quite boring. Example Appearance Vs. Reality Another main theme in A Midsummer Nights Dream is the comparison of what is real and what is not. The following situations clearly express this theme:
- The love of square between Lysander, Hermia, Helena and Demetrius
- The effects of the magic potion
- The over confidence of the actors in the play Helena's love for Demetrius is not true love, only infatuation because Demetrius does not love her back. Demetrius' love for Hermia is also not true love because Hermia does bot love him back, she is in love with Lysander Hermia and Lysander's love is true. They both are in love with each other and no magic potion was needed to make this so. After the magic potion was placed on Lysander's eyes he fell in love with Helena because she was the first person he saw. This love is only appearance because the potion only effected the eyes and as we know, "Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, and therefore is winged cupid painted blind."- Helena. The same principal applies to when the potion is placed on Demetrius and Titania. Bottom and the group of actors make themselves appear to know what they are doing by using fancy words they do not know the meaning of, "You were best to call them generally, man by man, according to the script." Also they appear to know what they are doing by confidently performing the play without ever finishing a rehearsal, but in reality they had no idea what they were doing. This is the final main theme in A Midsummer Night's Dream. The following situations clearly express this theme.
-Pucks mistake
-Hermia and Egeus fighting
-Pyramus and Thisbe play Puck and Oberon had a misunderstanding because Oberon vaguely described what Demetrius looked like, Thou shalt know the man, by the Athenian garments he hath on." This misunderstanding caused a misunderstanding with Hermia and Lysander. When Lysander fell in love with Helena, Hermia was extremely confused and upset because Lysander was in love with her just a few hours ago. Another misunderstanding was formed when Helena believed Lysander and Demetrius were mocking her. Hermia and her father have a misunderstanding when he wants her to marry Demetrius and refuses to look at things through Hermia's perspective, "I would my father looked but with my eyes."- Hermia. He does not understand that she cannot chose the person she loves. The play within the play was meant to be a tragedy, but the audience perceives it as a comedy. The way the actors performed it looked very comical. They even went in and out of character, "No, in truth sir, he should not. Deceiving me is Thisbe's cue. She is to enter now, and I am to spy her through the wall. You shall see, it will fall pat as I told you. Yonder she comes." -Pyramus By: Spencer Anderson, Amber Pike, and Sydnie Grieve
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