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  1. A Midsummer Night's Dream Plot Outline

    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.

    • Word count: 2065
  2. A Midsummer Nights Dream

    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.

    • Word count: 2614
  3. 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."

    • Word count: 2712
  4. Response to Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Nights Dream’

    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.

    • Word count: 2639

Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • To what extent is the mechanicals’ performance of Pyramus and Thisby a success?

    "To conclude, 'The Tragedy of Pyramus and Thisby' did not succeed as a tragedy because it was poorly written and poorly acted. It did, however, work brilliantly as a comedy, even if the mechanicals did not mean it to be. If it had been successful as a tragedy, it would not have been such a success, because people want to be happy on their wedding day. Pyramus and Thisby- a successful disaster."

  • Discuss Pucks role in A Midsummer Nights Dream.

    "Puck's role is also to conclude the play with a monologue (solo address). "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." Finally, he says, "So, good night unto you all. ... Give me your hands, if we be friends, ... And Robin shall restore amends It ends with a restoration of human relationships. He speaks the final words at the end of the play in an attempt to make amends with the audience and apologize for the fairies behavior during the performance. Puck makes it clear that the fairies' mischief was not intended to cause harm, and that all will be set aright. Hence Puck's role is to bring peace to the play after many endless conflicts."

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