• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Where does the chaos lie in the first two acts of A Midsummer Nights Dream?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Where does the chaos lie in the first two acts of "A Midsummer Night's Dream"? It seems the main source of chaos in the first two acts of A Midsummer Night's Dream is love. Indeed, in Act 1 Scene 1, we can find many love relations : Theseus, duke of Athens, and Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons are engaged and are going to get married very soon. In this case, both of them love each other and everything goes well. This is the initial situation. Nevertheless, there come on stage four young Athenians, who all have different lovers from those they must marry. Our four characters are Lysander, Hermia, Demetrius, and Helena. Helena loves Demetrius but the latter doesn't love her, which causes her complete desperation. As a matter of fact, Helena's problem brings more chaos : she submits herself, and even comes to a point where, in Act 2 Scene 2, she says : line 203, page 39 "I am you spaniel" which shoes her complete submission. This way of behaving shoes real chaos there. ...read more.

Middle

In another way, this sentence explains what his plan is going to do. This brings real chaos : imagine a Queen falling madly in love with a monster. Furthermore, he also decides to use this magical power to make Demetrius fall in love with Helena. Actually, this is quite good from him because it would solve Helena's problem. The last situation where chaos lies is in Act 2 Scene 2 : Oberon sends Puck to use the magical flower on Demetrius as Demetrius is in the wood searching for Hermia. (Hermia has told Helena to reassure her because she and Lysander are going to elope : consequently, Demetrius would stop following Hermia and return back to Helena. After, Helena tells Demetrius. Then, what should have happened doesn't happen and Demetrius goes into the forest to search for Hermia). Chaos gets at its top point when Puke puts the flower's juice on Lysander instead of Demetrius. Helena arrives when Lysander gets up and he sees her at first : then he directly falls madly in love with her. ...read more.

Conclusion

The other moment when there is social chaos is in Act 1 Scene 2 : a few people are planning to do a play for Theseus' wedding. Quince is the one who sort of organizes the play and the actors. Bottom is one of the actors. He is the one who brings chaos because we find out reading the play that as Quince reveals a new character, he directly asks if he can play his part (line 42 page 21 : "Let me play Thisbe too" / line 57 page 23 : "Let me play the lion too" / ...). At the end, he sort of wants to play the whole bunch of characters which is really pathetic. The last subject where we can find chaos is the fact that if the King and Queen of the Fairies are angry, and don't marry, this will bring disorder, chaos on Earth generally, which means that the two only persons who are getting well with each other might not marry and everything would be going the wrong way. ?? ?? ?? ?? Yann Tarouilly 3�2 18/09/10 Where does the chaos lie in the first two acts of "A Midsummer Night's Dream"? ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE A Midsummer Night's Dream section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE A Midsummer Night's Dream essays

  1. Importance of Magic in a Midsummer Night's Dream

    This shows us that the whole of nature has been set off - balance by a mere argument between the rulers of the fairies. This shows us the intensity and extent to which magic influences the setting and design of the play.

  2. A Midsummer Night's Dream- Play within a play

    Dealing with a tragedy, the mechanicals' production definitely makes a difference towards the tone of the play as a whole.

  1. Explore the social and historical context through Shakespeares stagecraft in A Midsummer Nights Dream

    unlike the fairies as Shakespeare uses it in a different context to show their love and affection for each other; Romeo and Juliet speak in a similar pattern combined to form a sonnet, the ultimate poetic expression of love in Shakespeare's period.

  2. 'A Mid Summer Night's Dream' by William Shakespeare. How do events support Lysander's ...

    Helena and Demetrius both have true love, which is unfortunately not running smooth and neither of them can have the loved ones they so dearly wish for. Helena's love for Demetrius is summed up by the metaphor used by Shakespeare: `I am your spaniel,' meaning that the more Demetrius pushes

  1. A Midsummer Night's Dream Essay

    and feels that she is becoming a mockery to everyone only because she doesn't have anyone to love and appreciate her. Helena becomes very angry and says "Can you not hate me, as I know you do, but you must join in souls to mock me too?

  2. How does Shakespeare introduce the play's key themes of love, comedy and magic in ...

    and he doesn't say that they steal his love, but just the impression of her fantasy) "With cunning hast thou filch'd my daughter's heart Turn'd her obedience (which is due to me) To stubborn harshness." He feels that a daughter's love for her father is most important and true, and

  1. How does Shakespeare present each group of characters in A Midsummer Nights Dream

    what, have you come by night And stolen my love's heart from him?" Helena thinks they are playing a trick on her: "Wherefore was I to this keen mockery born? The girls then fight Hermia calls Helena a "juggler!" And a "canker-blossom!".

  2. Discuss Pucks role in A Midsummer Nights Dream.

    Hence this shows the significance of Puck's role in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Puck is likened to a small boy who ever wishes he could make people do things he wanted, could mess with their heads, could make them run into trees, etc.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work