A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Shakespeare's intertwined love polygons begin to get complicated from the start--Demetrius and Lysander both want Hermia but she only has eyes for Lysander. Bad news is, Hermia's father wants Demetrius for a son-in-law. On the outside is Helena, whose unreturned love burns hot for Demetrius. Hermia and Lysander plan to flee from the city under cover of darkness but are pursued by an enraged Demetrius (who is himself pursued by an enraptured Helena). In the forest, unbeknownst to the mortals, Oberon and Titania (King and Queen of the faeries) are having a spat over a servant boy. The plot twists up when Oberon's head mischief-maker, Puck, runs loose with a flower which causes people to fall in love with the first thing they see upon waking. Throw in a group of labourers preparing a play for the Duke's wedding (one of whom is given a donkey's head and Titania for a lover by Puck) and the complications become fantastically funny.

Title:A Midsummer Night's Dream
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780743477543
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  • Madeline

    A Midsummer Night's Dream, abridged. DEMETRIUS: I love Hermia!LYSANDER: Shut up, I love her MORE. Anyway, you already hooked up with Helena.DEMETRIUS: Who?HERMIA: I want to marry Lysander but I'm alre...

  • Raeleen Lemay

    I really liked it when Lysander called Hermia an acorn....

  • Bill  Kerwin

    Re-reading the play this time, I couldn't stop thinking of of The Magic Flute. Like Mozart's opera, Shakespeare's play may have a silly plot composed of fanciful, seemingly arbitrary elements, yet, th...

  • Ahmad Sharabiani

    A Midsummer Night's Dream, William ShakespeareA Midsummer Night's Dream is a comedy written by William Shakespeare in 1595/96. It portrays the events surrounding the marriage of Theseus, the Duke of A...

  • ?ntellecta

    "Ein Sommernachtstraum"is one of the top references as a classic. In the beginning, it is difficult to get there, but once you get used to the style, it is quite an entertaining, beautiful and confuse...

  • James

    Book Review 4 out of 5 stars to A Midsummer Night's Dream, a comedy written in 1595 by William Shakespeare. What a fun read! I first read this in high school and then again in college as part of a ...

  • Riku Sayuj

    Man, being reasonable, must get drunk;The best of life is but intoxication:Glory, the grape, love, gold, in these are sunkThe hopes of all men and of every nation;Without their sap, how branchless wer...

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)

    “Though she be but little, she is fierce!” A Midsummer Night’s Dream is Shakespeare’s funniest comedy, honestly. When a couple tries to run away, they get followed by a man in love with the...

  • emma

    mini-review, as I do for classics:this was my first time reading Shakespeare on my own, and I kind of...saw that as a negative. I like discussing Shakespeare in a classroom setting, and being motivate...

  • Ted

    3 1/2 stars 3 3/4Upped the rating when I realized that I'd given 3 1/2 to King John, Pericles, and The Taming of the ShrewBeen a while since I've visited this review. This play was the first I read i...