A Midsummer Night's Dream Plot Outline

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

Christen N. Barnette

Shorter University

English 1120

Drama Essay

Stephen Barnes

July 13, 2010

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a comedy written by William Shakespeare about three couples in love in Athens. The first couple is Theseus and Hippolyta. The second is Lysander and Hermia then Demetrius and Helena who are not yet a couple. There are fairies that mix up things and cause two men to fall in love with the same woman and fight over her. Some local men gather to work on a play for the upcoming marriage of Theseus and Hippolyta. In the end everyone has found happiness.

Act 1

The first act starts at Theseus’ court in Athens. Theseus is with his soon to be wife Hippolyta talking about their marriage in four days and how they cannot wait until then. They are then approached by a man named Egeus with concerns of his daughter Hermia who is in love with a man he does not approve of. She is in love with Lysander and he is in love with her but Demetrius is also in love with Hermia and her father approves of him and wants her to marry Demetrius and not Lysander. 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. Lysander tells Hermia of his aunt who is a widow who lives outside of Athens and how they can go there and live without ever being found. They then can marry and be free to be together. They plan to meet in the woods later that night and leave. They end up running into Helena and she asks why does Demetrius love Hermia and not her. Hermia tells Helena that she does not want Demetrius and miss treats him but yet he still loves her. Hermia and Lysander tell Helena of their plan to leave Athens for good so they can be together. They leave Helena and she talks about her plan to tell Demetrius of their plan to leave and marry one another.

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In scene two, we are taken into the town of Athens were several men have gathered together to get their parts for a play they will be putting on for Theseus and Hippolyta. There is Bottom the weaver, Quince the carpenter, Snug the joiner, Flute the bellow mender, Snout the tinker and Starveling the tailor. Quince is in charge of giving out the parts to everyone. He makes sure everyone is there so they can get their parts they will play. Bottom gets the part of Pyramus, a character in love with Thisbe; Flute gets the role of Thisbe, a ...

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