A Midsummer Nights Dream by William ShakespeareShakespeares 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, Hermias 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 Oberons 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 Dukes wedding (one of whom is given a donkeys head and Titania for a lover by Puck) and the complications become fantastically funny.
Why should you read "A Midsummer Night's Dream"? - Iseult Gillespie
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Its first public performances were probably at the Theatre. However, it is generally agreed that the play was created to celebrate a wedding in a noble household. There are two such occasions appropriate for this first performance. It was printed for him by Richard Bradock that same year. It was, in fact, one of a group of ten plays printed by William Jaggard for Thomas Pavier in
It portrays the events surrounding the marriage of Theseus , the Duke of Athens , to Hippolyta the former queen of the Amazons. These include the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of six amateur actors the mechanicals who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest in which most of the play is set. The play is one of Shakespeare's most popular works for the stage and is widely performed across the world. The play consists of four interconnecting plots, connected by a celebration of the wedding of Duke Theseus of Athens and the Amazon queen, Hippolyta , which are set simultaneously in the woodland and in the realm of Fairyland , under the light of the moon. The play opens with Hermia , who is in love with Lysander, resistant to her father Egeus 's demand that she wed Demetrius , whom he has arranged for her to marry. Helena , Hermia's best friend, pines unrequitedly for Demetrius, who broke up with her to be with Hermia. Enraged, Egeus invokes an ancient Athenian law before Duke Theseus, whereby a daughter needs to marry a suitor chosen by her father, or else face death.