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A Midsummer Night's Dream
Transcript of A Midsummer Night's Dream
Theseus and Hippolyta
The magical elements in the play:
ACT II: Scenes 1-2 [night a wood near Athens, and onother part of wood]
Puck is introduced, epitomizing the very nature of magic in the play. He is a fairy with special powers that cause mischief.
Titania's story of the origin of the Indian boy is very fantastical in nature. She talks about magical events in nature and immortality. (immortality is a magical characteristic that only the fairies possess)
Oberon tells Puck of the magic flower juice that when placed on sleepig eyelids, makes that person fall in love with the first creature it seens upon awakening.
Oberon places the magic juice on Titania's eyes to play a trick on her.
When Lysander awakens, he falls in love magically with Helena, forgetting Hermia
ACT III: Scenes 1-2 [the same spot in the wood, another part of the wood]
Puck sees the silly production of Pyramus and Thisbe and plans to cause mischief. He follows Puck and transform Bottom's head into a donkey head.
Puck is ordered to correct the wrong done because of the magical mistakes. He uses his magical powers of voice transformation and invisibility to trick the Athenian men into a slumber. He then places more magic juice in the eyes of Lysander in order ti correct the wrongs.
ACT IV: Scenes 1-2 [the same portion of the wood, Athens a room in Quince's house]
Oberon rids Titania of the magic spell and she awakens thinking she was dreaming. Puck removes the donkey head from bottom by magic, as well. Everything goes back to normal after everything has been mended because of the fairies and magic.
Theseus, Egeus and Hippolyta have trouble believing the stories of the four lovers, for they seem too fantastical.
ACT V: Scene 1 [Athens, the great hall in the place of Theseus]
The play concludes with the fairies singing and Puck addressing the audience. The ending is magical and leaves the audience with a fantastical sentiment. Their mystical presence is magical as they bless the newlyweds.
Common features of Shakespeare's comedies
- Typical language
- Complex plots
- Multiple, intertwining plots
- A funny servant
- A struggle of young lovers to overcome difficulty
- Happy ending
- Shakespeare generally has his lovers use rhyming couplets – the language of love poetry.
How now, my love! why is your cheek so pale?
How chance the roses there do fade so fast?
Belike for want of rain, which I could well
Beteem them from the tempest of my eyes.
- Characters of noble birth tend to speak in blank verse.
Full of vexation come I, with complaint
Against my child, my daughter Hermia.
Stand forth, Demetrius. My noble lord,
This man hath my consent to marry her
- The common people tend to speak in prose.
In the beginning of the play we see the parental love between Egeus and Hermia.
The forced love between Theseus and Hippolyta
“ The course of true love never run smooth”
Lysander, act 1 scene 1