Midsummer Nights Dream is a Shakespearian comedy, which centres around four lovers.

Midsummer Night’s Dream Assessment Midsummer Night’s Dream is a Shakespearian comedy, which centres around four lovers. It consists of many different love stories which frequently change and alter during the course of the play which makes its humorous and appealing. Lysander is a loving and strong-minded character as he would do anything for Hermia, even risking the wrath of Egeus by fleeing with Hermia so the ‘Athenian law cannot pursue’ them both. This demonstrates not only the depth of his feeling for Hermia, but also his conviction to her. This is also very audacious because Egeus already disapproves of Lysander and by running off with Hermia, he will be loathed even more. Lysander is also an determined character as he pleads his own worth to Egeus when Hermia’s given the choice of being a nun, marrying Demetrius or death; by first flattering him by saying ‘I am, my lord’. He then goes on to say all of his good qualities as well, he is ‘as well derived’, ‘as well possess'd’, ’fortunes every way as fairly rank'd’ and his ‘love is more’. Even though, it doesn’t work. On the other hand, Lysander also comes across as a scornful and sarcastic person as he says: ‘you have her father's love, Demetrius; let me have Hermia's: do you marry him.’ It is also a very disrespectful remark to say because in those times homosexual marriages and

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A mid-summer nights dream by William Shakespeare - Discuss Demetrius' treatment of Helena in act 2 Sc 1.

GCSE English course work A mid-summer nights dream by William Shakespeare Discuss Demetrius' treatment of Helena in act 2 Sc 1 A mid-summer nights dream is a comedy by William Shakespeare who was a play write during the Elizabethan period. He was a play write for many years and this play was probably written between 1593 and 1596. The main theme of the play is love and the struggle for power. The father (Egeus) is trying to make his daughter (hermia) marry someone she doesn't love (Demetrius). It is the struggle of young and old. Lysander who is in love with Hermia and is the reason Hermia and Demetius don't get married. And Egeus who is an old man with old beliefs about woman obeying their father or men and do what they say. The play is based around a love story between 4 people, a donkey and 2 fairies. Oberon (fairy) trys to make things right between Demetius and Helena but instead his servant Puck makes Lysander fall in love with Helena. He also makes the queen of the fairies fall in love with bottom who gets turned in to a donkey by Oberon and Puck. The roles of woman during Shakespeare's time was totally different to today foe example they couldn't vote, couldn't work and had to do everything men told them to do. They had no say what so ever. Men's roles were to be the dominant sex. Since they did all the work and told women and told women what to do and they

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A Midsummer Night - Questions & Answers Act 1

A Midsummer Night's Dream By William Shakespeare Act One . The story takes place in Athens and nearby woods during the age of myth in ancient Greece and Combines elements of Ancient Greece with elements of Renaissance England. The line 165, “And in the wood, a league without the town,” (I, i, 9) and line 247, “Then to the wood will he tomorrow night” (I, i, 12) describe this. Athens is described in line 227, “Through Athens I am thought as fair as she.” (I, i, 12). However, the play has the atmosphere and the mood that one can perceive the place to be anywhere. In Elizabethan England, Midsummer Day was the feast of Saint John the Baptist and it fell on June 24 where it was the time of feasting and merriment. It was believed that on Midsummer Night that the fairies and witches held their festival. To dream about Midsummer Night was to conjure up images of fairies and witches and other similar creatures and supernatural events. [1] 2. In line 16, “Hippolyta, I woo'd thee with my sword,” (I, i, 3) and line 17, “And won thy love, doing thee injuries;” (I, i, 3); according to the play, Hippolyta and Theseus meet in battle. 3. Helena speaks with rhymes, so that we the readers can understand the way the way her character feels. For example, lovers in Shakespeare’s time normally spoke in rhyming couplets (two lines of verse that form a unit alone or

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A midsummer nights dream - Act7 Scene1.

INTRODUCTION At the end of the play Helena has got back her love, Demetrius, but he is still under the influence of Oberon's spell. Unlike Hermia who has a true love, Helena is left with a love that is a sort of illusion. Most things are not meant to last forever, so if the love juice were to wear off would this be one of the next scenes in the play? Act7 Scene1 Helena is concerned about the constant pain in Demetrius's eyes so she goes to the local apothecary to find a cure. Helena: Excuse me my husband has been having pain in his eyes. I wonder is there anything you can prescribe? Apothecarist: Of course there is. Dian' s bud is the antidote of everything to do with the eyes. Here you are. (He hands her a bottle.) Helena: Oh, thank you very much. As Helena leaves, the apothacrist magically turns into Oberon. He smiles. Oberon: This new potion will wash away the love juice from his eyes, For it is time Helena knew if his love be truth or lies. Act 7 Scene 2 Demetrius goes home. He is tired and holding his head from the pain. Demetrius: Helena, Helena! Where are you? He is answered by silence. He then notices a note saying: Dear Demetrius, I have gone to the Acropolis. I will be back soon. Use the eyewash on the table. Helena He then turns to the bottle of eyewash, and bathes his eyes. He then falls asleep, until he is woken by a noise outside.

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Puck. In this essay, I will be focusing on Pucks character and how he is amusing, mischievous and popular.

Pucks assessment Introduction: Puck also known as Robin Good Fellow plays an extremely entertaining part in Shakespeare's "a midsummer's night dream". He is no ordinary character; he enjoys playing practical jokes on mortals. Oberon the King of fairies (also his master), seems to admire Puck because Puck keeps Oberon amused with his antics. In this essay, I will be focusing on Pucks character and how he is amusing, mischievous and popular. The following extract from a midsummer's night dream is particularly appropriate because it describes how amusing Puck finds the events that proceed during the play. It also gives you an idea of what the events are. "And those things do best please me that befall preposterously". During the play puck finds the events that take place astonishingly humorous. It shows that he finds the incident comical because in the text it quotes "those things do best please me". Another example is that he finds the matter ridiculous, ludicrous and absurd. "...that befall preposterously". In addition Shakespeare portrays Puck as a mischievous spirit, "Mislead night wanderers laughing at their harm". This suggests that Puck is childish yet naive. I think Puck has a limited understanding of the consequences of his jesters. This quote also indicates that Puck is not vile but in turn immature. "...laughing at their harm". When mortals are in danger, instead

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Helena - it feels like a dream?

Helena I still can't believe it, it feels like a dream, a fairytale dream that has just come true. Here I am a wife to Demetrius who just four days ago loathed and despised me but now adores and loves me. A magical dream I had whilst I was in the woods that Demetrius and Lysander woke and both fell in love with me and not Hermia who Lysander was to marry and who Demetrius was in love with. I felt confused in their sudden change of affection as I believed they both hated the sight of me yet both called me Goddess, nymph, perfect, divine. Something bewitching happened that night, something amazing. In my desperation to win Demtrius heart I told him of Hermia and Lysander's plan to escape Athens and Athenian law to run away together. Demetrius who did not want to lose Hermia went to the woods and so I followed him. He told me of his love for Hermia and not for me he ignored me and left me alone deep in the woods and continued his pursuit for them. I loved Demetrius and was sick when I didn't look upon him it was as I was speaking about my feelings for him and how I didn't compare to Hermia when Lysander woke. He told me how much he loved me how he despised Hermia his true love I didn't understand why he was mocking me and as I was trying to work out his change of affection Demetrius wakes from nearby 'Goddess, nymph, perfect, divine these couldn't be the words coming from

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