- Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Washington Square Press; annotated edition edition (March 1, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0671722794
- ISBN-13: 978-0671722791
- Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #541,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Midsummer Night's Dream Mass Market Paperback – Full length, March 1, 1993
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There are the Athenians: Theseus, Philostrate, Hippolytta, Egeus, Demetrius, Helena, Hermia, and Lysander.
The Artisans or Actors: Quince, Snout, Snug, Flute, Starveling, and Bottom (Not named Bottom for just any reason)
The Fairies: Oberon, Titania, Robin Goodfellow (Puck), Peaseblossom, Cobweb, Mustardseed, and Mote.
These characters are brought together all by one character, Robin Goodfellow. He is the servant of Oberon and he is ordered to complete some tasks, but he messes up. All of the characters are than linked by him. I won't tell you what happens because that is the good part of the book. I really liked the book because it was funny and it kept me on the edge, something that I didn't think would happen in this play. I read this in 7th grade and had a little trouble understanding it. Our class was told to buy the New Folger kind, because it helped explain the story. The book is a little hard to understand so is what Folger has done is put the synopsis of the scene at the beginning of each scene on the left hand page. Also on the left page are vocabulary words to help you further understand the book. The play is than written on the right hand side of the page. This makes life much easier. The plot is great and I didn't give it away so I expect you to buy the book at this cheap price and read the great play, A Midsummer Night's Dream!
A Midsummer Night's Dream is a play in Five Acts, and revolves around several major characters, each of which can be classified into selective groups.
The Athenians (and lovers): Theseus, Hippolyta, Egeus, Philostrate (completely unimportant to the plot), Demetrius, Hermia, Lysander, and Helena.
The Actors: Peter Quince, Nick Bottom, Francis Flute, Tom Snout, Snug, and Robin Starveling
The Fairies: Oberon, Titania, Puck, Peaseblossom, Cobweb, Moth, and Mustardseed
The play successfully intertwines multiple plots, which, I believe is absolutely astounding. The play is brought together by one single event: The marriage of Theseus (The Duke of Athens) and Hippolyta (Queen of the Amazons). This event brings all the characters together to form what would become A Midsummer Night's Dream.
What's most interesting about the play though, are the various interpretations of it. Some feel that the reason the lovers went into the forest was to escape from the harshness of Athenian law and enter into the realm of the natural world. Some people feel that the end is the affirmation of the status quo. That is, with the ruling class men showing their superiority over the working class actors. But isn't this the very thing that is so great about Shakespeare? Shakespeare leaves each and every play open to many, many interpretations.
The story is a unique mix of romantic comedy and fantasy. Young couples are caught in a swirl of complicated love triangles. Theseus and Hippolyta are to be married. Lysander loves Hermia, whose father, Egius, prefers she marry Demetrius. And Helena, friend of Hermia, loves Lysander. So it goes.
When all the parties visit the forest on a midsummer night--along with a troupe of actors practicing their performance for Theseus and Hippolyta's wedding--a group of fairies led by Oberon, Titania, and Puck further complicate matters by introducing a magical love potion. What follows is one of the most hilarious and sophisticated tales ever written. It is truly genius, and deserving of its stature as a timeless classic. --Christopher Bonn Jonnes, author of Wake Up Dead.
-Titania, queen of fairies, and her entourage: Peaseblossom, Cobweb, Moth, and Mustardseed
-Oberon, queen of fairies, and his sidekick, the troublemaking Puck(a.k.a. Robin Goodfellow)
plot(s): Oberon and Titania are one of those couples that really should get divorced, but don't, so their marriage is one of tensions and revenge. Their latest fight is over a young boy given to Titania. Oberon wants the boy, but Titania refuses to give the boy to him. Oberon, wanting revenge, sends Puck to find a magical flower that, rubbed into a person's eyes, can make that person fall in love with the first thing/person they see. After using the flower to cause some trouble among the humans(Athenians), Puck rubs the flower on Titania's eyes. Puck makes sure the first thing she sees upon waking is Bottom, a human(actor), whose head Puck has turned into a ass's head(the donkey kind, not the kind synonymous to Bottom's name)...much hilarity ensues
-Hippolyta, Amazon queen, betrothed to Theseus
-Egeus, Hermia's father
-Philostrate, Theseus's master of revels(in charge of entertainment)
-Hermia, spoiled brat
-Helena, Hermia's friend
-Lysander, loves Hermia
-Demetrius, loves Hermia
plot(s): At the beginning, both Lysander and Demetrius love Hermia, but Egeus wants Hermia to wed Demetrius(her options are to wed Demetrius, die by her father's hand according to Athenian law, or join a nunnery). Hermia elopes with Lysander.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My favorite Shakespeare play. I bought this for a college class and LOVED it!Published 9 months ago by Mary
I loved A Midsummer Night’s Dream, it’s a love and comedy story and it’s just a ridiculous book. I like how all the drama began in the woods because of the fairy king and queen... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Natalya Montes
It's neither the best nor worst of Shakespeare's many comedies, but "A Midsummer Night's Dream" definitely holds one honor -- it's the most fantastical of his works. Read morePublished on November 8, 2010 by EA Solinas
This is a great play to introduce young people to the wonderful world of Shakespeare. There are fairies and elves galore in it, as well as some very wonderful characters. Read morePublished on January 20, 2005 by Shirley Schwartz
This is one of my favorite Shakespears.. I loved it! It's witty, smart and light hearted unlike many of his other works. Read morePublished on April 4, 2004
Having read the majority of Shakespeare's plays, A Midsummer Night's Dream was, without a doubt, the most glaring omission on the list of plays which I have read. Read morePublished on March 10, 2004 by Chris Salzer
A Midsummer Night's Dream is perhaps one of Shakespeare's greatest comedic works. It is intricate and at the same time simple, engaging, lighthearted, and funny. Read morePublished on November 30, 2003 by Kaylee Kennerly
I just cant rave enough about Midsummer Night's Dream. I read this book in eight grade English and I really didn't think I would enjoy it. How wrong I was. Read morePublished on October 8, 2003 by presypclhs
A midsummer night's dream: humerous to those who are competent enough to get it. I enjoyed it. It was decently easy to read. definitely find a book that is annotated. Read morePublished on July 25, 2003 by Heather Charton