Mid Summers Nights Dream
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
In the novel by Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream a big thing in the story is the plot because it effects everything that happens in the story. Well it is a play that was written in the 1594 or1595 in London. It is a romantic/humorous/fantasy play. What else is important is the theme, setting, protagonist, and the antagonist. The characters obviously play a huge role in the play.
Theseus, duke of Athens, is getting ready to marry Hoppoltva, queen of the Amazons, with a four day festival. He hopes his Master of the Revels, Philostrate, to find suitable amusements for the occasion. Egeus, an Athenian nobleman, marches into Theseus’s court with his daughter, Hermia and two guys, Demetrius and Lysander. Egeus wants Hermia to marry Demetrius (who loves Hermia), but Hermia wants to be with Lysander and doesn’t want to. Theseus tells Hermia that she has until his wedding to make up her mind, warning her that disobeying her father could result in her being sent to be killed. But, Hermia and Lysander plan to escape to Athens the next night and marry in the house of Lysander’s aunt. They tell their plan to Hermia’s friend Helena, who was once engaged to Demetrius and still loves him even though he basically rejected her after meeting Hermia. Hoping to make him love her again, Helena tells Demetrius of the plan that Hermia and Lysander have made up.
In these same woods are two very different groups of characters. The first is a fairies, like Oberon, the fairy king, and Titania, his queen, who has recently returned from India to bless the marriage of Theseus and Hippolyta. The second is a group of Athenian craftsmen rehearsing a play that they hope to perform for the duke and his bride. Oberon and Titania are at odds over a young Indian prince given to Titania by the prince’s mother; the boy is so beautiful that Oberon wishes to make him a knight, but Titania refuses. wanting revenge, Oberon sends his servant, Puck, to get a magical flower, the juice of which can be spread over a sleeping person’s eyelids to make that person fall in love with the first thing he or she sees upon waking. Puck obtains the flower, and Oberon tells him of his plan to spread its juice on the sleeping Titania’s eyelids. Having seen Demetrius act cruel towards Helena. Puck encounters Lysander and Hermia. He was thinking that Lysander is the Athenian of who Oberon had spoke to, Puck gives him the love potion. Lysander happens to see Helena upon awaking and falls deeply in love with her, abandoning Hermia. As the night progresses and Puck attempts to undo his mistake, both Lysander and Demetrius end up in love with Helena, who thinks that they are making fun of her. Hermia becomes so jealous that she tries to challenge Helena to a fight. Demetrius and Lysander nearly do fight over Helena’s love, but Puck confuses them by copying their voices, taking them apart until they are lost separately in the forest.
When Titania wakes, the first creature she sees is Bottom, the most ridiculous of the Athenian craftsmen, whose head Puck has transformed into a donkey. Eventually, Oberon gets the Indian boy, Puck spreads the love potion on Lysander’s eyelids, and by morning all is well. Theseus and Hippolyta discover the sleeping lovers in the forest and take them back to Athens to be married Demetrius now loves Helena, and Lysander now loves Hermia. After the group wedding, the lovers watch Bottom and his fellow craftsmen perform their play a hilarious version of the story of Pyramus and Thisbe. When the play were done, they go to bed; the fairies briefly emerge to bless the sleeping couples with a protective charm and then disappear. Only Puck remains, asking the audience for forgiveness and approval and to urge it to remember the play as though it had all been a dream.
Even thought the plot was a big thing, the details ion the play also have a lot to do hoe the story is run. Like the protagonist, Because there are three main groups of characters, there is not just one protagonist in the play; but Puck is kind of considered the most important character. The antagonist, there isn’t one the play’s problems are mostly the caused by coincidences, accidents, and mistakes. The setting is parts of ancient Greece and the renaissance in England. And the theme, problems in love.
The characters that are in it are a big part as how their personalities are. Even though Puck and Bottom are characters who take bigger leads in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, they are not involved in the main dramatic events. Of the other characters, Helena, a loveless young woman who is really in love with Demetrius, is the most involved. In the beginning of the play she is left out of the love triangle involving Lysander, Hermia , and Demetrius. She says, “Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,” thinking that Demetrius has made up a fantastic notion of Hermia’s beauty that does not let him recognize Helena. But Helena plans to win his love by telling him about the plan of Lysander and Hermia. As Puck’s humor is really mischievous and not nice, the comedy surrounding the overconfident Bottom is hilarious. Bottom dominates the other actors with an huge belief in his own abilities, he thinks he is perfect for every part in the play and the truth is that he is a terrible actor and frequently makes mistakes in his speech. The humor surrounding Bottom often is from the fact that he is totally unaware of his own mistakes, his speeches are really dramatic and he seems to believe that everyone takes him as seriously as he does himself. This foolish is the reason that Puck transforms Bottom’s head into that of donkey. When Titania, whose eyes have been played with a love potion and falls in love with the donkey-headed Bottom, he believes that he is beautiful, magical fairy queen is nothing out of the ordinary and that having servants attend him, are is the reason for his love. His unawareness of the fact that his head has been transformed into that of a donkey, he cant see the humorous or out of the ordinary idea that Titania could fall in love with him. And the most famous character in the play to me, Puck. The mischievous, fast thinking guy makes many of the play’s events happen with his magic, which is usually pranks on the human characters like transforming Bottom’s head into a donkey‘s head and funny mistakes like smearing the love potion on Lysander ’s eyelids instead of Demetrius’s. But ore importantly , Puck’s magical fancy, fun loving humor, and lovely makes the atmosphere of the play. He is good-hearted but is known for cruel tricks. Finally, as most of the fairies are beautiful and nice, Puck is often looked at of somewhat weird looking. Another fairy mentions that some call Puck a “hobgoblin,” what I think of it is that they are calling him as something that is less than them.