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Introduction

Midsummer Nights Dream Act II 1. a) The first plot consists of the love affairs of four characters: Lysander, Demetrius, Hermia, and Helena. In basic form, Hermia loves Lysander, Lysander loves Hermia, Helena loves Demetrius but he detests her and prefers Hermia. Problem arises when Hermia?s Father chooses Demetrius over Lysander and Hermia is conflicted in either marrying him or being a nun for life. She doesn't favour both options and plots to run away with Lysander together in the forest. b) The second plot focuses on Oberon and Titania, rulers of the fairies, having relationship problems. Titania is handed an Indian boy whom she?s obligated to take care and who she adores while not paying attention to her partner Oberon. Oberon soon plots revenge against Puck, the mischievous boy. c) The last of the subplots comprises of a play "Pyramus and Thisbe", being performed by a group of peasants in order to a get grand prize from the nuptial ceremony of Theseus and Hippolyta. ...read more.

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Meanwhile, the scene switches to Puck who meets with a fairy who serves Queen Titania. She informs him that Titania is coming to the woods outside of Athens that night. Puck replies back, saying that it would be better if Titania Oberon did not meet as they only quarrel. Seconds later both Oberon and Titania arrive, accompanied by their fairy followers. Instantly, they begin a dispute, accusing each other of unfaithfulness and jealousy. Titania who keeps a young boy whom spends her time caring for makes Oberon jealous of the attention the boy is receiving, demanding that Titania give the boy to him from which she refuses to. Oberon plots revenge on her for humiliating him and so sends Puck to find the magical purple "love-in-idleness" flower so he can make squirt into some Tatiana?s eyes and make him fall in love with him and give him the little boy. Puck leaves him and Oberon hides himself. ...read more.

Conclusion

Confused, Bottom strolls about singing a song to demonstrate his fearlessness and awakens Titania, who falls deeply in love as a result from a love potion. Pucks mischief also mixes up the love spell on Lysander instead of Demetrius. Had it not been for the fairies' mischief in this scene, Lysander and Hermia would try to wed at Lysander's aunt's house outside of Athens. Demetrius would pursue Lysander and attempt to kill him because Demetrius wants to marry Hermia. 4. Oberon plans to enchant Titania so the she would be occupied by the first thing she falls in love with and so therefore, get Puck. Puck, unknowingly, helps him in his mission. 5. Malapropism in literature is a type of humor when a character uses a wrong, but similar word. For example, in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, the nurse says the word "confidence" when she really means conference, and "indite" instead of invite. 6. *Shorter *Taller *Taller *jealous type *unusual type of beauty *"pity me!" attitude *more confident with her * "The world hates me!" appearance * attitude *assured * upbeat Helena Hermia ...read more.

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