A midsummer night's dream presentation by Darlin-Thealien
Darlin Fanjul ESL - L6 Class Ms. A. RodrigUez 3-23-10 A midsummer night’s dream by William Shakespeare
Play’s Plot <ul><li>A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of the greatest works of William Shakespeare. This play is about four lovers (Hermia, Lysander, helena,and Demetrius) and their crazy, confusing way of loving. </li></ul><ul><li>The play begins when Theseus, the duke of Athens and Hippolyta, the Queen of the Amazon are talking about their wedding the preparations for the celebration after the wedding. Then, a nobleman called Egeus (Hermia’s father) comes to Theseus to complain about his daughter. He brings Hermia, Lysander (who is in love with Hermia), and Demetrius (the one who Egeus wants for Hermia) with him. Egeus and Theseus make a deal that Hermia has to marry Demetrius, if not she has to face death, as the law says. </li></ul><ul><li>After all of this and something more Helena, Hermia, Demitrius and Lysander go to the forest and meet each other. They all fall asleep. When they wake up, they realize that all of them have the same dream. But all that they ’ve gone through wasn’t a dream. </li></ul><ul><li>Then, there is a part when Bottom and his friends Snug, Snout, Quince, and Flute (the craftmen) make the play within the play. Their own version of the play Pyramus and Thisbe. </li></ul><ul><li>At the end, Oberon and Titania ( King and Queen of the fairies ) bless the couples and their future children, meaning Hermia and Lysander, Demetrius and helena . No one gets in trouble they all get married happily. After they leave Puck asks the audience to forgive the actors is they were offended. He then tells the audience that if anyone disliked the play, they should imagine that it was only a dream. </li></ul>
Main Characters <ul><li>Theseus : is the Duke of Athens, who marries Hippolyta. He is a gracious man, who appears to be a good ruler. </li></ul><ul><li>Hippolyta : is the Amazon queen who marries Theseus. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Oberon : is the king of the fairies. He has quarreled with the fairy queen, Titania, over who should have possession of a changeling boy that Titania is raising. </li></ul><ul><li>Titania : is the fairy queen. She has quarreled with Oberon because Oberon wants her to hand over a changeling boy that Titania has been raising since his mother died in childbirth. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Hermia : is in love with Lysander but her father, Egeus, decides that she must marry Demetrius instead. She and Lysander decide to elope, and go to the wood outside Athens. Hermia is bewildered when Lysander deserts her, and quarrels with her friend Helena. </li></ul><ul><li>Lysander : is an aristocratic young man who is in love with Hermia. He is tricked by the flower-juice that Puck puts on his eyelids into believing that he loves Helena, and he rejects Hermia. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Demetrius : is an aristocratic young man who once loved Helena but now is in love with Hermia. He rejects Helena, even though she still loves him. </li></ul><ul><li>Helena : is in love with Lysander but her father, Egeus, decides that she must marry Demetrius instead. She and Lysander decide to elope, and go to the wood outside Athens. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Egeus : is the stern-minded father of Hermia, who tells her that she must either marry Demetrius or die. </li></ul><ul><li>Philostrate : is Theseus's Master of the Revels. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Puck : is a mischievous spirit also known as Robin Goodfellow. He is Oberon's loyal servant and does his bidding. He takes a lot of pleasure in the confusion he brings to mortals. Puck magically transforms Bottom's head into an ass's head. </li></ul><ul><li>Nick Bottom : is a weaver, and one of the artisans who put on the play, "Pyramus and Thisbe." He is a strong and confident character. </li></ul>
Themes Love’s Difficulty “ The course of true love never did run smooth,” says Lysander, talking about one of A Midsummer Night’s Dream ’s most important themes, which is the difficulty of love. Though most of the conflict in the play begins from the troubles of romance, and though the play involves a number of romantic elements, it is not truly a love story. it separates the audience from the emotions of the characters in order to make fun at the torments who those in love suffer. Magic The fairies’ magic, which brings about many of the weirdest and most hilarious situations in the play, is another element main to the fantastic atmosphere of A Midsummer Night’s Dream . Shakespeare uses magic both to explain the supernatural power of love. Dreams As the title suggests, dreams are an important theme in A Midsummer Night’s Dream; they are conected to the strange, magical situations in the forest. Hippolyta’s first words in the play put in evidence the existance of dreams.
Conclusion The climax of the play comes in Act III, Scene 2, when the four lovers are at the height of their confusion. Both Demetrius and Lysander are pursuing Helena, and both Helena and Hermia are amazed at this. The guys go off to find a place to fight, and Hermia threatens Helena with a physical fight as well. They all run off and Puck and Oberon are left to lead them into the right areas to trick them. These actions end in IV, scene 1 when Theseus and the other Athenians find the lovers in the forest and the triple marriage is set. My opinion is based on what I think was the main thing that hapenned between the four lovers. A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies. It is not limited to one single comedy and mixes several dimensions, like romance, drama, magic, and comedy. That is what makes it interesting. It is also more than a comedy in the sense that it could have become a tragedy (another end).This play crosses the boundary line between reality and imagination.