A Midsummer Night's Dream

"A Midsummer Night's Dream" was written by William Shakespeare around 1590-1596. It portrays the events surrounding the marriage of the Duke of Athens, Theseus, and the Queen of the Amazons, Hippolyta. These include the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of amateur actors, who are 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. In this category, there will be questions about the characters, their lines and themes of the play.

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What are the non realistic element in A Midsummer Night's Dream?

Fairies who can disappear at will and who can change shape, love potions and love potion antidotes, changing a guy's head into a donkey's head.

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What should Puck look like in A Midsummer Night's Dream?

There's no consensus on this one. In Victorian productions the part was often played by a child, either male or female. Ellen Terry played Puck at the age of 9 in 1856. In Tree's production of 1910 it was played by an adult actress. In the Victorian-style film version of 1935, it was played by a ten-year old Mickey Rooney. More recently it has been played by young men and occasionally young women. Stanley Tucci, who played Puck as a middle-aged man in Hoffman's 1999 film, was unusual and yet still extremely effective.

In other words, Puck can look like whatever you want him (or her) to look like.

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What year was A Midsummer Night's Dream written?

It is thought that A Midsummer Night's Dream was written around 1594 to 1596, depending on the scholar you are talking to. Nobody knows exactly.

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Lines from Act 1 scene 1 Midsummer Nights Dream?

SCENE I. Athens. The palace of THESEUS.



Now, fair Hippolyta, our nuptial hour

Draws on apace; four happy days bring in

Another moon: but, O, methinks, how slow

This old moon wanes! she lingers my desires,

Like to a step-dame or a dowager

Long withering out a young man revenue.


Four days will quickly steep themselves in night;

Four nights will quickly dream away the time;

And then the moon, like to a silver bow

New-bent in heaven, shall behold the night

Of our solemnities.


Go, Philostrate,

Stir up the Athenian youth to merriments;

Awake the pert and nimble spirit of mirth;

Turn melancholy forth to funerals;

The pale companion is not for our pomp.


Hippolyta, I woo'd thee with my sword,

And won thy love, doing thee injuries;

But I will wed thee in another key,

With pomp, with triumph and with revelling.



Happy be Theseus, our renowned duke!


Thanks, good Egeus: what's the news with thee?


Full of vexation come I, with complaint

Against my child, my daughter Hermia.

Stand forth, Demetrius. My noble lord,

This man hath my consent to marry her.

Stand forth, Lysander: and my gracious duke,

This man hath bewitch'd the bosom of my child;

Thou, thou, Lysander, thou hast given her rhymes,

And interchanged love-tokens with my child:

Thou hast by moonlight at her window sung,

With feigning voice verses of feigning love,

And stolen the impression of her fantasy

With bracelets of thy hair, rings, gawds, conceits,

Knacks, trifles, nosegays, sweetmeats, messengers

Of strong prevailment in unharden'd youth:

With cunning hast thou filch'd my daughter's heart,

Turn'd her obedience, which is due to me,

To stubborn harshness: and, my gracious duke,

Be it so she; will not here before your grace

Consent to marry with Demetrius,

I beg the ancient privilege of Athens,

As she is mine, I may dispose of her:

Which shall be either to this gentleman

Or to her death, according to our law

Immediately provided in that case.


What say you, Hermia? be advised fair maid:

To you your father should be as a god;

One that composed your beauties, yea, and one

To whom you are but as a form in wax

By him imprinted and within his power

To leave the figure or disfigure it.

Demetrius is a worthy gentleman.


So is Lysander.


In himself he is;

But in this kind, wanting your father's voice,

The other must be held the worthier.


I would my father look'd but with my eyes.


Rather your eyes must with his judgment look.


I do entreat your grace to pardon me.

I know not by what power I am made bold,

Nor how it may concern my modesty,

In such a presence here to plead my thoughts;

But I beseech your grace that I may know

The worst that may befall me in this case,

If I refuse to wed Demetrius.


Either to die the death or to abjure

For ever the society of men.

Therefore, fair Hermia, question your desires;

Know of your youth, examine well your blood,

Whether, if you yield not to your father's choice,

You can endure the livery of a nun,

For aye to be in shady cloister mew'd,

To live a barren sister all your life,

Chanting faint hymns to the cold fruitless moon.

Thrice-blessed they that master so their blood,

To undergo such maiden pilgrimage;

But earthlier happy is the rose distill'd,

Than that which withering on the virgin thorn

Grows, lives and dies in single blessedness.


So will I grow, so live, so die, my lord,

Ere I will my virgin patent up

Unto his lordship, whose unwished yoke

My soul consents not to give sovereignty.


Take time to pause; and, by the nest new moon--

The sealing-day betwixt my love and me,

For everlasting bond of fellowship--

Upon that day either prepare to die

For disobedience to your father's will,

Or else to wed Demetrius, as he would;

Or on Diana's altar to protest

For aye austerity and single life.


Relent, sweet Hermia: and, Lysander, yield

Thy crazed title to my certain right.


You have her father's love, Demetrius;

Let me have Hermia's: do you marry him.


Scornful Lysander! true, he hath my love,

And what is mine my love shall render him.

And she is mine, and all my right of her

I do estate unto Demetrius.


I am, my lord, as well derived as he,

As well possess'd; my love is more than his;

My fortunes every way as fairly rank'd,

If not with vantage, as Demetrius';

And, which is more than all these boasts can be,

I am beloved of beauteous Hermia:

Why should not I then prosecute my right?

Demetrius, I'll avouch it to his head,

Made love to Nedar's daughter, Helena,

And won her soul; and she, sweet lady, dotes,

Devoutly dotes, dotes in idolatry,

Upon this spotted and inconstant man.


I must confess that I have heard so much,

And with Demetrius thought to have spoke thereof;

But, being over-full of self-affairs,

My mind did lose it. But, Demetrius, come;

And come, Egeus; you shall go with me,

I have some private schooling for you both.

For you, fair Hermia, look you arm yourself

To fit your fancies to your father's will;

Or else the law of Athens yields you up--

Which by no means we may extenuate--

To death, or to a vow of single life.

Come, my Hippolyta: what cheer, my love?

Demetrius and Egeus, go along:

I must employ you in some business

Against our nuptial and confer with you

Of something nearly that concerns yourselves.


With duty and desire we follow you.

Exeunt all but LYSANDER and HERMIA


How now, my love! why is your cheek so pale?

How chance the roses there do fade so fast?


Belike for want of rain, which I could well

Beteem them from the tempest of my eyes.


Ay me! for aught that I could ever read,

Could ever hear by tale or history,

The course of true love never did run smooth;

But, either it was different in blood,--


O cross! too high to be enthrall'd to low.


Or else misgraffed in respect of years,--


O spite! too old to be engaged to young.


Or else it stood upon the choice of friends,--


O hell! to choose love by another's eyes.


Or, if there were a sympathy in choice,

War, death, or sickness did lay siege to it,

Making it momentany as a sound,

Swift as a shadow, short as any dream;

Brief as the lightning in the collied night,

That, in a spleen, unfolds both heaven and earth,

And ere a man hath power to say 'Behold!'

The jaws of darkness do devour it up:

So quick bright things come to confusion.


If then true lovers have been ever cross'd,

It stands as an edict in destiny:

Then let us teach our trial patience,

Because it is a customary cross,

As due to love as thoughts and dreams and sighs,

Wishes and tears, poor fancy's followers.


A good persuasion: therefore, hear me, Hermia.

I have a widow aunt, a dowager

Of great revenue, and she hath no child:

From Athens is her house remote seven leagues;

And she respects me as her only son.

There, gentle Hermia, may I marry thee;

And to that place the sharp Athenian law

Cannot pursue us. If thou lovest me then,

Steal forth thy father's house to-morrow night;

And in the wood, a league without the town,

Where I did meet thee once with Helena,

To do observance to a morn of May,

There will I stay for thee.


My good Lysander!

I swear to thee, by Cupid's strongest bow,

By his best arrow with the golden head,

By the simplicity of Venus' doves,

By that which knitteth souls and prospers loves,

And by that fire which burn'd the Carthage queen,

When the false Troyan under sail was seen,

By all the vows that ever men have broke,

In number more than ever women spoke,

In that same place thou hast appointed me,

To-morrow truly will I meet with thee.


Keep promise, love. Look, here comes Helena.



God speed fair Helena! whither away?


Call you me fair? that fair again unsay.

Demetrius loves your fair: O happy fair!

Your eyes are lode-stars; and your tongue's sweet air

More tuneable than lark to shepherd's ear,

When wheat is green, when hawthorn buds appear.

Sickness is catching: O, were favour so,

Yours would I catch, fair Hermia, ere I go;

My ear should catch your voice, my eye your eye,

My tongue should catch your tongue's sweet melody.

Were the world mine, Demetrius being bated,

The rest I'd give to be to you translated.

O, teach me how you look, and with what art

You sway the motion of Demetrius' heart.


I frown upon him, yet he loves me still.


O that your frowns would teach my smiles such skill!


I give him curses, yet he gives me love.


O that my prayers could such affection move!


The more I hate, the more he follows me.


The more I love, the more he hateth me.


His folly, Helena, is no fault of mine.


None, but your beauty: would that fault were mine!


Take comfort: he no more shall see my face;

Lysander and myself will fly this place.

Before the time I did Lysander see,

Seem'd Athens as a paradise to me:

O, then, what graces in my love do dwell,

That he hath turn'd a heaven unto a hell!


Helen, to you our minds we will unfold:

To-morrow night, when Phoebe doth behold

Her silver visage in the watery glass,

Decking with liquid pearl the bladed grass,

A time that lovers' flights doth still conceal,

Through Athens' gates have we devised to steal.


And in the wood, where often you and I

Upon faint primrose-beds were wont to lie,

Emptying our bosoms of their counsel sweet,

There my Lysander and myself shall meet;

And thence from Athens turn away our eyes,

To seek new friends and stranger companies.

Farewell, sweet playfellow: pray thou for us;

And good luck grant thee thy Demetrius!

Keep word, Lysander: we must starve our sight

From lovers' food till morrow deep midnight.


I will, my Hermia.


Helena, adieu:

As you on him, Demetrius dote on you!



How happy some o'er other some can be!

Through Athens I am thought as fair as she.

But what of that? Demetrius thinks not so;

He will not know what all but he do know:

And as he errs, doting on Hermia's eyes,

So I, admiring of his qualities:

Things base and vile, folding no quantity,

Love can transpose to form and dignity:

Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind;

And therefore is wing'd Cupid painted blind:

Nor hath Love's mind of any judgment taste;

Wings and no eyes figure unheedy haste:

And therefore is Love said to be a child,

Because in choice he is so oft beguiled.

As waggish boys in game themselves forswear,

So the boy Love is perjured every where:

For ere Demetrius look'd on Hermia's eyne,

He hail'd down oaths that he was only mine;

And when this hail some heat from Hermia felt,

So he dissolved, and showers of oaths did melt.

I will go tell him of fair Hermia's flight:

Then to the wood will he to-morrow night

Pursue her; and for this intelligence

If I have thanks, it is a dear expense:

But herein mean I to enrich my pain,

To have his sight thither and back again.


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Who plays Thisbe in Midsummer Night's Dream?

Francis Flute, the bellows-mender.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream is an example of a shakespearean?

Play, plot or comedy, take your pick.

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Why do the rest of the actors run away when Bottom reappears?

He looks like a donkey. That is, more than usual.

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What is an example of a couplet in A Midsummer Night's Dream?

"Give us your hands, if you be friends,

And Robin will restore amends."

(Last lines in the play)

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What is conflict in A Midsummer Night's Dream?

There are a number of conflicts which drive the play. There is a conflict between Hermia and Lysander on the one hand and Egeus and Demetrius on the other over who should marry Hermia (and who should decide). Theseus' answer to Hermia causes friction with Hippolyta in many productions. As the lovers' plot develops, conflict erupts between Hermia and Helena.

The play starts also with conflict between Titania and Oberon over the Indian boy.

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What does the quote her dotage you begin to pity mean in the play A Midsummer Night's Dream mean?

What Oberon actually says is "her dotage I begin to pity". The WikiAnswers style book objection to the word "I" does not apply to quotations.

"Dotage" does not here mean senility. It comes from the verb "to dote" which means to be infatuated with, or to love to excess. You've probably heard the phrase "doting parents". The word means infatuation, and refers to the infatuation brought on by the love-drug love-in-idleness. At first Oberon thought it was funny, but now that he has his Indian boy, he is beginning to feel sorry for Titania.

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Whose wedding is being anticipated in the city midsummer nights dream?

A Midsummer Nights Dream takes place in the city of Athens, where king Theseus is getting ready to marry Hippolyta - the queen of the Amazons - who is a prisoner of war.

Theseus is clearly very excited about the marriage. We never really find out how Hippolyta feels about it.

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Who does Hermia love in A Midsummer Night's Dream?

Hermia loves Lysander.

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Who is Helena's rival in midsummer Night's Dream?

Hermia, but not because Hermia wants it that way.

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What costumes would people wear in the play A Midsummer Night's Dream?

The play is supposedly set in ancient Greece in Athens but in Elizabethan times they would have worn contemporary clothes. Nowadays, directors do not feel restricted in setting Shakespeare's plays in any particular time, so they could choose any setting they like. Of particular difficulty is choosing costumes for the fairies. In a 1968 production, Judi Dench as Titania was covered in green paint, with three leaves artistically arranged for modesty's sake. The same production had Hippolyta in a black leather miniskirt. In the movie featuring Kevin Kline as Bottom, he wore 19th century working-man's costume. The possibilities are endless.

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What is nightfall?

Nightfall is the time of day immediately following sunset.

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Why is midsummer's night dream a comedy?

Because it has funny names such as Nick Bottom. Seriously I did not make this up! I don't think it is really a comedy either, more like a romance.

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Where was A Midsummer Night's Dream set?

It is supposedly set in Athens, the city in Greece. This is presumably because Theseus is a legendary character in the history of that city. However, nobody behaves like ancient Greeks, and Theseus's title ("Duke") is decidedly not Greek at all. Neither are the names of the "rude mechanicals" which are totally English, or the fairies, who come from English and European mythology. We might consider this to be an Athens of the imagination, an Athens imagined by someone who didn't know very much about the place.

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What is Titania's personality like in A Midsummer's Night Dream?

She's a pretty forceful person, but also sentimental. She wants to keep the Indian boy because she has a sentimental attachment to him, because his mother was a favourite of Titania's and died. She is also forgiving--she forgives Oberon completely for setting her up romantically with a jackass. Her general attitude is benevolent, as is Oberon's. Both basically want things to go well for the mortals.

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What is the name of the flower in a midsummer's night dream?


or commonly known as the "Pansy" thought to inspire love

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In 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' how would you describe egeus?


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What movies are based on A Midsummer Night's Dream?

The most recent movie version is that directed by Michael Hoffman and starring Kevin Kline, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christian Bale and Callista Flockhart. Earlier movies include one from 1968 with Judi Dench, Diana Rigg, Ian Holm and Helen Mirren. A 1935 film starring James Cagney, Joe E. Brown, and Olivia de Havilland won a number of Oscars.

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Why does Puck anoint Lysander's eyes?

Oberon told him to. Oberon wanted Puck to anoint Demetrius, but Puck made a mistake and juiced Lysander instead. As he says, "Believe me, King of Shadows, I mistook. Did you not tell me I should know the man by the Athenian garments he had on?"

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What are some instances of jealousy in A Midsummer Night's Dream?

Well, obviously Titania and Oberon. Viz. Act 2 Scene 1

Titania:Why art thou here,

Come from the furthest steppe of India,

But that, forsooth, the bouncing Amazon

Thy buskined mistress and your warrior love

To Theseus must be wedded . . .

Oberon: How canst thou for shame, Titania

Glance at my credit with Hippolyta,

Knowing I know thy love for Theseus . . .

Titania: These are but the forgeries of jealousy!

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How many parts are in A Midsummer Night's Dream?

Do you mean, how many roles are there in the play? This information can be found in any copy of the play, including those on line.

There are 21 characters in the play, not counting walk-ons. See the related link.


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