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A Midsummer Night's Dream Paperback – October 23, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-1619492233 ISBN-10: 1619492237

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 134 pages
  • Publisher: Imperiya Books (October 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1619492237
  • ISBN-13: 978-1619492233
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #337,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

William Shakespeare was born on April 1564 in the town of Stratford-upon-Avon, on England s Avon River. When he was eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway. The couple had three children their older daughter, Susanna, and the twins, Judith and Hamnet. Hamnet, Shakespeare s only son, died in childhood.

The bulk of Shakespeare s working life was spent, not in Stratford, but in the theater world of London, where he established himself professionally by the early 1590s. He had a successful career in London as a playwright and actor and was a shareholder in the acting company the Lord Chamberlain's Men, later known as the King's Men. He produced most of his plays between 1589 and 1613. Sometime between 1610 and 1613, Shakespeare is thought to have retired from the stage and returned home to Stratford, where he died in 1616.

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Maybe there's something I'm missing or maybe I'm just looking into it too much.
Janine Williams
Then there is a great exchange between Lysander and Hermia about how the course of true love is never straight.
Konish Dutta
Well, we still laughed at some parts but not because it was funny but because it was ridiculous..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Konish Dutta on November 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
A Midsummer Night's Dream is a light, breezy play (one of Shakespeare's shortest plays) about reason vs. irrationality and dreams vs. reality. The basic plot is a comedy of errors:

Hermia and Lysander are in love. Unfortunately, Hermia's father wants her to wed Demetrius, who Hermia's best friend Helena loves. The fairy king Oberon attempts to unite the lovers by using a love potion to make Demetrius fall in love with Helena, but his knavish sprite Puck accidentally gives the potion to the wrong lover. Chaos and hilarity ensue.

What I found most entertaining about this film are the sly ways Shakespeare makes fun of himself. He wrote Midsummer Night's after Romeo and Juliet, and writes a subplot where a troupe puts on a play that is essentially a parody of Romeo and Juliet. Then there is a great exchange between Lysander and Hermia about how the course of true love is never straight. They deduce that it is only natural for Hermia's father to hate Lysander because love stories always feature lovers who face great obstacles only to achieve love for a few minutes before losing it. The play is a commentary on love stories themselves.

Even in a breezy play like this, Shakespeare is too good not to infuse his work with themes. For me the play is really about reason vs. irrationality and how love is not reasonable at all. As Nick Bottom says, "Reason and love keep little company together." Shakespeare sprinkles this theme across every subplot. Just a few examples:

- Hermia's father calls for Hermia to be killed if she doesn't follow his desire to marry Demetrius. This is apparently an Athenian law, which is funny because laws should not be so irrational.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Janine Williams on April 18, 2012
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A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare is not one of my favorite plays by far. For some reason I found it boring. Even with it's redeeming quality of having faeries in it, which I love, it was still lacking. Bottom was the best character and the most entertaining along with Puck. I won't go into the plot, a quick online search will give you a brief overview, but at a very high level, it's about a number of different romances being tampered with by some mischievous faeries at the instruction of Oberon, the King of the Faeries. Puck is his right hand man and likes making trouble. On a side plot, there's a group of humans working on a play for the Duke's marriage and they're terrible. Everything gets turned upside down when Puck comes upon them and decides to turn the head of one, Bottom, into an ass. The Queen of the Faeries, Titania, ends up falling in love with him after her husband drugs her to play a trick on her and get back the child he wants as a page. Much hilarity and chaos ensues which is finally made right at the end, with all in love. Thus concludes the debacle with a funny enactment put on by Bottom and his men which is so bad, it causes much laughter amoung the audience. The play then ends with Puck talking to the audience, telling them if they didn't like it, perhaps it was just all a dream.

One of the comedies and one of the more popular of the plays, it has various themes such as magic, dreams, and the difficulty of love. I loved the fantasy aspect of this but almost wished there were more characters being messed with by the faeries. I think there were still some aspects that confused me and perhaps that's why I didn't enjoy it as much as I could have. Why did Oberon care so much about the changling?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jacob Mitchell and Nick Ness on November 13, 2012
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This was a pretty good book even after reading it twice. Since it is Shakespeare, it is a little tough to understand at times. The funniest part is when Puck turns Bottom's head into a donkey and Titania falls in love with him. Other than the actors in the play and the fairies, the story is not very entertaining. Even though it is a comedy, there is not very many funny parts.
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By Michael R. Brand on August 23, 2014
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Needed for college.
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By Rana on February 10, 2015
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very good
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By Jane Perry on August 16, 2014
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