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A Midsummer Nights Dream

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on 19 January 2016

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Transcript of A Midsummer Nights Dream

A Midsummer
Nights Dream:
Before you read!

A Midsummer Nights Dream
Story Impression:
The following slide depicts chronological plot points you will see during the play. Using these clues, come up with a prediction regarding what you think the play will be about.
Allusions
and Cultural References
Important Characters:
Hermia:
*Center of love triangle. (Demetrius and Lysander).
She only loves Lysander.
*Childhood friends with Helena.

Helena:
Hopelessly in love with Demetrius, who prefers Hermia.
Demetrius:
In love with Hermia.
*Originally promised himself to Helena, but blows her off to pursue Hermia.
Lysander: In love with Hermia.
*Her father disapproves of him
Theseus and Hippolyta:
*Duke of Athens and
Queen of the Amazons.
*Engaged to be married.
*Theseus in charge of
carrying out the law.
Egeus:
*Hermia's father.
*Wants Hermia to marry Demetrius.
Puck:
*Oberon's right hand fairy.
*Mischievous!
Oberon and Titiana
*Fairy King and Queen.

Nick Bottom:
An overly confident actor whose acting abilities are comically awful.
The Lovers

1. Athens
2. Love Triangle
3. Plan to thwart a law
4. A friend's betrayal
5. Plotting fairies
6. Magical flower of love
7. Mistaken identity mishaps
8. A wedding
Pyramus and Thisbe
: The play within a play
*They plan to meet in the woods to be together.
*Upon her arrival, Thisbe sees a lion and runs away, dropping her veil in her haste. The lion grabs it with its teeth.
*Originally written by Roman poet Ovid in
Metamorphosis
.
*Tragedy.
Summary:
*Pyramus and Thisbe fall in love, much to the dismay of their disapproving parents.
*They couldn't see each other, and communicated only through a hole in the wall separating their houses.
*Meanwhile, Pyramus sees the bloody veil and assumes Thisbe has been killed.
*In his despair, Pyramus stabs himself with a knife.
*When Thisbe returns, she finds Pyramus dead, and stabs herself with his knife.
Chaucer:
"The Knight's
Tale"
The characters of
Theseus and Hippolyta are also found in "The Knight's Tale".
In "The Knight's Tale", Theseus, the Duke of Athens, won Hippolyta's hand in marriage after a battle.

Themes
Friendship:
What does friendship mean to you? What qualities make up a good friend?
Love
:
Think of all the different ways a person can love and be loved.

What is your interpretation of the following quote?--
"The course of true love never did run smooth."
Loves
Loves
Loves
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