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"A Midsummer Night's Dream" Pre-Reading Plot Review

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Victoria Morrow

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Transcript of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" Pre-Reading Plot Review

Pre-Reading Plot Summary "A Midsummer
Night's Dream" Character Map! Act 1, Scene 1 Theseus, the ruler of Athens is marrying Hippolyta, the former queen of the Amazon.
Hermia refuses to marry Demetrius because she is in love with Lysander.
Demetrius loves Hermia, and Helena is jealous.
Hermia and Lysander plan on fleeing Athens, and Helena plans on telling Demetrius in a last-ditch effort to win his love. Act 1, Scene 2 Peter Quince is directing a band of amateur actors in performing a play for Theseus and Hippolyta’s wedding.
They are going to perform Pyramus and Thisbe, a play about two young lovers who die (like Romeo and Juliet).
We meet actors Nick Bottom, Flute, and Snug.
Nick Bottom is a foolish and funny man who wanted to play every character role. Act 2, Scene 2 Oberon uses the flower on Hippolyta to make her fall in love with the first beast she sees.
Lysander and Hermia fall asleep in the forest on their journey.
Puck mistakes the pair for Helena and Demetrius, and uses the flower on Lysander.
Helena runs into the sleeping Lysander on her chase after Demetrius.
Lysander wakes, falling in love with Helena. Act 3, Scene 1 Quince and company continue play practice, but he is worried the play’s lion and sword scene will frighten the female audience too much.
-Puck spies on the practice and decides to play a trick on Bottom by giving him a donkey’s head.
-Bottom, unaware of the change scares away all the other actors and wanders through the woods, waking Titania, who instantly falls in love. Act 3, Scene 2 -Puck assures Oberon that Demetrius loves Helena, but Oberon and Puck realize they had the wrong Demetrius.
-Hermia accuses Demetrius of murdering Lysander.
-Puck potions the real Demetrius, who wakes and falls in love with Helena
-Helena thinks they're making fun of her
-Puck makes fog to cover his correction attempts. Act 2, Scene 1 The king of the fairies, Oberon and the queen Titania are arguing over a young boy the queen claims. Trickster Puck is introduced. Angry Oberon sends Puck in search of a flower that causes one to fall in love with the first living thing they see upon waking to use on Hippolyta. Feeling sorry for her, Puck wants the flower to make Demetrius fall in love with Helena. Act 4, Scene 1 Oberon feels sorry for his queen when he sees her with Bottom and reverses the flower’s spell.
Puck removes Bottom’s donkey head.
Oberon wins the boy from Titania and forgives her.
When awakened, Demetrius now loves Helena.
Theseus decides the lovers should be married along with him and Hippolyta. Act 4, Scene 1 A climax has been reached in the play's action, and it now moves toward a happy ending. Like the moon, the play has come full circle, so a new round can begin. Titania and Oberon reunite and will spread prosperity and faith to all of the lovers in the play. Like love itself, the events of the previous evening occurred in a magical zone beyond the realm of human speech or of human understanding. Act 4, Scene 2 Quince and Flute are looking for Bottom.
They worry that "Pyramus and Thisbe" won't be performed without him.
Theseus is known for his generosity, and the actors believe they will be rewarded with a lifelong pension for their stellar play performance. Act 5 The play has come full circle, and the cast has now returned to the palace of Theseus and Hippolyta
The play is a pathetic mess, particularly with Bottom’s acting and the audience is critical.
The play ends with Puck's final speech, in which he apologizes for the weakness of the performance and promises that the next production will be better.
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