A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

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In A Midsummer Night's Dream , Shakespeare stages the workings of love. Theseus and Hippolyta, about to marry, are figures from mythology. In the woods outside Theseus's Athens, two young men and two young women sort themselves out into couples--but not before they form first one love triangle, and then another.

Also in the woods, the king and queen of fairyland, Oberon and Titania, battle over custody of an orphan boy; Oberon uses magic to make Titania fall in love with a weaver named Bottom, whose head is temporarily transformed into that of a donkey by a hobgoblin or "puck," Robin Goodfellow. Finally, Bottom and his companions ineptly stage the tragedy of "Pyramus and Thisbe."

The authoritative edition of A Midsummer Night's Dream from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the trusted and widely used Shakespeare series for students and general readers, includes:

-Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play

-Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play

-Scene-by-scene plot summaries

-A key to the play's famous lines and phrases

-An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language

-An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play

-Fresh images from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books

-An annotated guide to further reading

Essay by Catherine Belsey

The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs. For more information, visit Folger.edu.
Publisher: New York : Washington Square Press, 1993
ISBN: 9780743477543
9780812969122
9780671722791
0671722794
Branch Call Number: SHAK MIDS
Characteristics: lii, 204 p. : ill

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 07, 2017

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is an entertaining comedy that takes the reader on a magical adventure with a group of amateur actors, two pairs of lovers, and mischievous fairies. Brought together by coincidence, the characters not only add to their own problems, but also complicate things for others. Throughout the night, the sudden turn of events, dramatic irony, and exchange of words between characters help to create a comical atmosphere. As morning comes near, the story untangles itself, satisfying both the characters and the reader. Despite being a comedy, the play delivers significant messages pertaining to love, marriage, and obedience to parents. Overall, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a must-read for those who enjoy reading Shakespearean comedies! 5/5
- @VirtueofReading of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

A Midsummer Night's Dream is the first Shakespearean play I read, and personally I think that it is the perfect introduction to Shakespeare. Due to the fact that it’s a comedy, it isn’t as heavy or serious as his other plays such as Macbeth or Romeo and Juliet. In this funny and eventful play, the main characters all end up falling for the wrong person due to the mistakes of Shakespeare’s well-known and beloved character “Puck.” I would totally recommend this play to anyone who wants to start reading Shakespeare for the first time! Rating 4/5 stars.
- @reginaphalange of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is common assigned reading for school, and personally, I thought it was perfect for its purpose. It was a lighthearted comedy that managed to explore topics in depth while remaining fun. There’s a wealth of magical misunderstandings to shake things up, as well as a very complex and shifting love triangle, and spirited characters filling both the magical and normal worlds. It’s a nice introduction to the world of Shakespearean writing, as it is not too serious, just complex enough to challenge without being too difficult for a first-time Shakespeare reader, and has that uncapturable charm that is typical of Shakespeare’s comedies. All sorts run wild in this exuberant play! Even if you don’t have to read it for school, I’d read it anyway, just because it’s a nice, fun play that captures Shakespeare’s comedy style.
- @freckleface675 of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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britprincess1ajax
Aug 04, 2016

This is the second of Shakespeare's comedies that I have read, the first being THE TEMPEST. As far as Shakespearean comedies go, it's not my favourite; it all seems too much about the folly of love and doesn't say too much here or there about anything, really. I appreciated THE TEMPEST more and, frankly, I'd rather read Shakespeare's tragedies than his comedies. Still, if I can deduce anything from this play, then the principal point is that true love and happiness seem unreal, a fallacy concocted up by magic. So, the happy ending and marital bliss and all the giggles are merely . . . nothing? Ultimately, I don't know and I don't care. The sourness of that message, as that is all I can extract from what is ultimately a huge farce, is far more pessimistic than anything in the tragic downfalls of King Lear, Othello and Desdemona, Romeo and Juliet, or any of the like. Sorry, Willy, this one's just not for me.

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selambekele
Jun 27, 2016

Humans can not control human. William Shakespeare wrote “A Midsummer Nigthś Dream” in 16th century. The play start in the court of Theseus, where a father and daughter are having an argument. As a result of the argument, the young lover run to the forest where…..

Shakespeare's make their case that human can’t control human. People can’t control others people only magic can control people. In the forest magical Puck put the potion on Lysander's. Act 2, Scene 2, Lines 85, “Hermia anoints Lysander’s eyelids with the nectar.” Puck put the potion on Lysander’s instead of Demetrius. This indicates that Puck put the potion on Lysander’s because he thought it was Demetrius and the potion still work which proves magic, even though Puck and Oberon are faires not humans. Oberon sent puck to put the potion on Demetrius. Act 2, Scene,1, Lines, 273-274, “May be the lady. Thou shalt know the man. By the Athenian garments he hath on. Effect it with some are, that he may move more fond on her than she her love. Puck put the potion on Lysander's by accidentally. This shows that Oberon tells Puck to put the potion on Demetrius, but Puck put the potion on Lysander's by accident.

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Love_Legolas_111
Apr 24, 2015

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The first Shakespearean work I have read in its full form, this play was charming. I was actually impressed that I could understand a good deal of it, lol. XD Anyway, the premise of the four "lovers" and their messed up...love triangle?(ish) thing going on among them was entertaining. I especially liked when Lysander and Demetrius (both under the influence of a love potion) threw themselves (metaphorically speaking) at Helena's feet, when they both really loved Hermia. And then Hermia finds out what's going on and Helena is convinced they're all playing a cruel prank on her. That was probably my favorite scene in this play. Although I felt the ending left a bit to be desired...it's Shakespeare. So I'm not gonna complain too much. ;)

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Twiggzette
Apr 17, 2013

This is a superb, annotated, foot marked, and analyzed version of the play from the very best source --- The Oxford Press. If you really want to understand the plot, the historical background, and the language of the play, then check out this copy.

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zaire189
Sep 26, 2011

Another one of many great Shakespearean plays. This is the play I like best because it's light and funny. It plays around with the concepts between illusion and reality. Truly entertaining! :D

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britprincess1ajax
Aug 04, 2016

"When they next wake, all this derision
Shall seem a dream and fruitless vision."

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Love_Legolas_111
Apr 24, 2015

And though she be but little, she is fierce.

Laura_X Apr 06, 2015

Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,
And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.

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ladytigressa
Jun 13, 2008

The course of true love never did run smooth.

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Aug 04, 2016

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