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GCSE: A Midsummer Night's Dream
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Theseus then gives Hermia until the next new moon to decide if she will marry Demetrius and make her father happy, or be killed for loving a man her father does not approve of or become a nun and have no man at all. She continues to tell of her love for Lysander and not Demetrius and that she will not marry him. Everyone leaves the room and Hermia and Lysander plan on a way to be together no matter what.
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These include; Quince the carpenter, Snug the joiner, Bottom the weaver, Flute the bellows mender, Snout the tinker and Starveling the tailor. The Queen of the fairies is Titania and the King of the fairies is Oberon. Titania and Oberon are also deeply in love, and share a jealous love. Puck, also known as Robin Goodfellow, works for Oberon. Titania has an adopted child, the changling boy, who is half fairy, half human. Oberon is jealous of him as he gets a lot of Titania's attention.
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How does Shakespeare introduce the play's key themes of love, comedy and magic in A Midsummer Night's Dream?
This means that she is so deeply tied to Lysander that she will sacrifice herself rather than giving her body to another man. She is sensible about the trials of love, and takes it seriously when she says "let us teach our trial patience, because it is a customary cross, as due to love". She is saying that love often does cause problems and she is willing to wait for him. When Hermia tells Lysander she will elope with him, she swears on various symbols of true love, like Cupid and Venus's doves: "I swear to thee, by Cupid's strongest bow, By his best arrow with the golden head, By the simplicity of Venus' doves."
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The mechanicals are the second group of characters to that take upon the stage, which consists of group of good hearted dreamers that wish to earn a pension for themselves by performing a stunningly poor play to the Duke. The third group of characters the audience are shown are the fairies. These are mystical creatures that have control over the course of the mortal world. When there is unrest in the fairy world, as the audience soon find out, it directly affects the mortal world. The contrast between the two films is seen almost immediately in both films opening scenes.
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