Lord, what fools these mortals be!
A Midsummer Night’s Dream was written about 1596. It’s one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays. The play is diffrent than other William’s works. This play is about ideas and emotions rather than plot. It’s full of madness, all supernatural creatures appear in our world and do things human can’t do. Events take place in wood, at night, under the moonlight, which makes them even more mysterious.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream shows us that even if we say that we’re ‘rational’ there are facts in our lives which are beyond control, things we cannot explain. Feelings, especially love, are strange but we don’t have to clear them up.
Hermia refuses to follow her father Egeus’s instructions to marry Demetrius. Egeus explains Athenian law that says a daughter must marry the suitor chosen by her father, or else face death. Theseus offers her another choice: life with Diana the goddess.
Meanwhile, Oberon, king of the fairies, and his queen Titania have come to the forest near Athens. Titania tells Oberon that she plans to stay there until she attend Theseus and Hippolyta’s wedding. Titania refuses to give her Indian boy to Oberon for use as his knight. Oberon is angry and plans to punish Titania’s disobedience, so he calls for the mischievous Puck (Robin Goodfellow) to help him apply a magical poison from a flower which when applied to a person’s eyelids while sleeping makes the victim fall in love with the first living thing seen upon awakening. He instructs Puck to retrieve the flower so that he can make Titania fall in love with the first thing she sees when awaking from sleep, which he thinks will be an animal of the forest.
Oberon orders Puck to spread some of the magical poision on the eyelids of the Demetrius. Unfortunately, Puck mistakes Lysander for Demetrius. Helena wakes him and Lysander immediately falls in love with her. When Demetrius decides to go to sleep, Oberon sends Puck to get Helena while he charms Demetrius’ eyes. Upon waking up, he sees Helena and also falls in love with her…
Everything is unusual and full of magic. But the readers or audience of A Midsummer Night’s Dream notice with surprise that it’s still the same world in which they live, and that they can experience things similar to the characters’ – in a dream or even in reality…