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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

by William Shakespeare

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Fairy creatures meddle with varying results in the lives of humans wandering in the woods.

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Well I am happy that I finally finished my William Shakespeare list from 2015. This last one was a bugger. As I said in my quick update, I thought the whole thing rhymed so much it took me out of the play. I found myself saying lines out loud to myself and then kind of bee bopping around my living room. Pretty much I was doing a lot of things, but not really reading the play. I know this one is a favorite with some people, but I think this would be more interesting to watch on stage (or in a movie/tv show) than actually reading the play.

Suffice it to say this was typical Shakespeare, people running around in love, not with each other for the most part, and then misunderstandings ensue (this time because of magic) and in the end all is right with the world by the time we get to the ending. Or at least all is right with most people.

One reason why I did find this play so interesting though is because two of the players are Theseus and Hippolyta. I have always been fascinated by Hippolyta because it pained me to read about how the Queen of the Amazons was taken and forced to give up being an Amazon. Depending on what Greek myth you read (and luckily for me when I was a kid I had several versions to these two) either Hippolyta was killed by Hercules (FYI I was never a fan of his at all) or she was taken or willingly left with Theseus for Athens.

Other than these two I was not that interested in the other players besides Oberon and Titiana. I was actually surprised that Shakespeare had a male character (though he is a fairy) fighting with his wife over a slave boy. I think there has been subtext in prior Shakespeare's plays about homosexuality, but it has never been overt, see Twelfth Night.

The play really didn't take too long to finish once I made myself sit and finish it. The acts were pretty short. You can also follow along with what is happening though I had the Folger's version of the play which provides definitions for some of the words. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
This play is wild. I'll probably re-write this review in like a week when it really sits with me. But I mean, it's Shakespeare. The words sound good. It's kind of hard to follow but impressive none-the-less. Acts 2 and 3 are definitely what I enjoyed the most. Bottom fan for life. ( )
  MaxAndBradley | May 27, 2020 |
It's a consistently fun romance with a larger dose of humor than some of his plays, which I appreciated. ( )
  peterbmacd | May 17, 2020 |
A reasonably mild edition of a great play, but one that will be eminently suitable for highschool students and actors. ( )
  therebelprince | Apr 27, 2020 |
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Shakespeare, Williamprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
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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!
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;
I never heard
So musical a discord, such sweet thunder.
I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses, and with eglantine;
There sleeps Titania sometime of the night,
Lull'd in these flowers with dances and delight;
And there the snake throws her enamell'd skin,
Weed wide enough to wrap a fairy in;
If we shadows have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended,
That you have but slumb'red here
While these visions did appear.
And this weak and idle theme,
No more yielding but a dream,
Gentles, do not reprehend.
If you pardon, we will mend.
Lord, what fools these mortals be!
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Shakespeare writes a Comedy about mythical creatures tampering with human affairs. In this crazy scenario, lovers are crossed and confusion happens and it is all a result of some fairies in the woods on a midsummer night. I really enjoyed this Shakespeare play because it was humorous and outrageous and extremely well crafted and intense and ridiculous all at the same time.
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