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A Midsummer Night's Dream
Transcript of A Midsummer Night's Dream
by William Shakespeare William Shakespeare Summary Theseus and Hippolyta set date for wedding Act I Scene I Titania is warned by Robin Goodfellow (Puck) Act II Scene I Act III Scene I Specializes in three types of plays: Major Characters Theseus declares that they must see a performance Act V Titania is still in love with Bottom Act IV Scene I Demetrius - In love with two girls. Hermia - In love with Lysander, best friends with Helena. Lysander - Very strong, knows what he wants Theseus - Duke of Athens, Captured Hippolyta Hippolyta Minor Characters Hermia Demetrius Lysander Helena - Young and In love with Demetius. Demetrius Lysander Helena LOVE LOVE History themed plays Tragedy themed plays Comedy themed plays A Midsummer Night's Dream falls under comedy Fairies (Titania's servants) Bottom: head turned into donkey's, Titania's lover Quince Puck Flute Snout Snug Starveling Oberon Titania Philostrate Egeus Hermia is given her three choices Lysander and Hermia come up with a plan Helena shares the plan with Demetrius Egeus brings the three in front of Theseus Act I Scene II Play will be performed after Theseus' wedding Frightened that they will upset the noble women The play is "The Most Lamentable Comedy and Most Cruel Death of Pyramus and Thisbe." Characters Bottom, Quince, Flute, Snout, Snug, and Starveling are introduced Laborers gather to form a play Oberon is not happy with her taking an object of his desire Titania and Oberon have a confrontation Oberon plans to trick her into giving up the object Puck is ordered to help Oberon through his mischievous ways Demetrius and Helena are searching for Lysander and Hermia Act II Scene II Oberon witnesses Demetrius' hatred for Helena and Helena's love Demetruis Puck has made a love potion, Oberon uses this against Titania Oberon orders Puck to make Demetrius want Helena Puck finds Lysander and Hermia, mistakes them for Demetrius and Helena Bottom has his head changed to a Donkey head Titiana falls in love with Bottom because of a potion Demetrius and Lysander both love Helena also because of a potion A fight almost breaks out between the four characters Act III Scene II Hermia Lysander Helena Demetrius “The course of true love never did run smooth." -William Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream" Titania agrees on giving Oberon what he wants Bottom's donkey head is removed by Puck The four youths are found sleeping by Theseus Demetrius now loves Helena and Lysander loves Hermia Bottom wakes and thinks everything was a dream The Craftsmen are missing Bottom Act IV Scene II The Craftsmen fear he has been harmed The news of four newleyweds reach them through Snug They continue on with the play for Bottom Bottom then enters, telling them about his dream Hermia Lysander Married Demetrius Helena “Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,
And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.” -William Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream The Craftsmen perform the play Prologues are added so the noble ladies are not frightened Oberon and Titania bless the couples as they sleep Egeus wants Hermia to marry Demetrius Helena is in love with Demetrius Lysander and Demetrius love Hermia Hermia wishes to marry Lysander A group of craftsmen put together a play for Theseus and Hippolyta One of the main character's becomes a donkey Helena, Hermia, Demetrius, and Lysander all fall asleep The four are cured from the potion The fight ends, as well as all the love affairs Key Facts No real climax No antagonist No single protagonist Themes Love is difficult Fantasy and Reality Dreams Magic Symbols Memorable Quotes Theseus and Hippolyta
order and stability
control The craftsmen's play
comedy The love potion
being unresistable "Swift as a shadow, short as any dream; Brief as the lightning in the collied night."
-Lsyander says this to Hermia to describe how easily love can be destroyed. "By all the vows that ever men have broke,
In number more than ever women spoke,
In that same place thou hast appointed me,
To-morrow truly will I meet with thee."
-Shakespeare throws this into the play to make fun of how men break vows faster than women can make them. "I see their knavery. This is to make an ass of me, to
fright me, if they could."
-Bottom says this. Shakespeare put this in here to make fun of the situation Bottom is in. Works Cited "A Midsummer Night’s Dream." SparkNotes. SparkNotes. Web. 12 Dec. 2012 "A Midsummer Night's Dream Quotes." By William Shakespeare. Good Reads. Web. 12 Dec. 2012. Set in Athens, Greece Shakespeare, William. A Midsummer Night's Dream. United States: 1600. Print. William Shakespeare, The Complete Works. 16 2010. Web. 12 Dec 2012. <http://www.william-shakespeare.info/>.