Theseus and Hippolyta, about to marry, are figures from mythology. In the city,…. Theseus, duke of Athens, is planning the festivities for his upcoming wedding to the newly captured Amazon, Hippolyta. Egeus arrives…. Pyramus will…. Oberon and Titania, king and queen of the fairies, quarrel over possession of a young Indian boy.
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SparkNotes is here for you with everything you need to ace or teach! Find out more. Theseus, duke of Athens, is preparing for his marriage to Hippolyta, queen of the Amazons, with a four-day festival of pomp and entertainment.
He commissions his Master of the Revels, Philostrate, to find suitable amusements for the occasion. Egeus wishes Hermia to marry Demetrius who loves Hermia , but Hermia is in love with Lysander and refuses to comply.
Hoping to regain his love, Helena tells Demetrius of the elopement that Hermia and Lysander have planned. At the appointed time, Demetrius stalks into the woods after his intended bride and her lover; Helena follows behind him.
In these same woods are two very different groups of characters. The first is a band of fairies, including Oberon, the fairy king, and Titania, his queen, who has recently returned from India to bless the marriage of Theseus and Hippolyta. The second is a band of Athenian craftsmen rehearsing a play that they hope to perform for the duke and his bride.
Having seen Demetrius act cruelly toward Helena, he orders Puck to spread some of the juice on the eyelids of the young Athenian man. Puck encounters Lysander and Hermia; thinking that Lysander is the Athenian of whom Oberon spoke, Puck afflicts him with the love potion. Lysander happens to see Helena upon awaking and falls deeply in love with her, abandoning Hermia. As the night progresses and Puck attempts to undo his mistake, both Lysander and Demetrius end up in love with Helena, who believes that they are mocking her.
Hermia becomes so jealous that she tries to challenge Helena to a fight. When Titania wakes, the first creature she sees is Bottom, the most ridiculous of the Athenian craftsmen, whose head Puck has mockingly transformed into that of an ass. Titania passes a ludicrous interlude doting on the ass-headed weaver. Theseus and Hippolyta discover the sleeping lovers in the forest and take them back to Athens to be married—Demetrius now loves Helena, and Lysander now loves Hermia.
After the group wedding, the lovers watch Bottom and his fellow craftsmen perform their play, a fumbling, hilarious version of the story of Pyramus and Thisbe. When the play is completed, the lovers go to bed; the fairies briefly emerge to bless the sleeping couples with a protective charm and then disappear.
Only Puck remains, to ask the audience for its forgiveness and approval and to urge it to remember the play as though it had all been a dream. Artboard Created with Sketch. Error Created with Sketch. Summary Plot Overview. Next section Five Key Questions. Take a Study Break.
The plot: A Midsummer Night's Dream
The version published in the First Folio of was taken from a second quarto edition, with some reference to a promptbook. Theseus, duke of Athens , has conquered Hippolyta, the Amazon queen, and is about to wed her. Oberon , the king of the fairies, quarrels with his queen, Titania , and bids his mischievous servant Puck to drop magic juice into her eyes as she sleeps; his intent is to punish her for her disobedience by causing her to fall hopelessly in love with whatever person or creature she happens to see when she awakes. Because the two young Athenian men look much alike, however, Puck mistakenly administers the love juice to Lysander , who then happens to see Helena when he awakes.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream Synopsis
Egeus enters with his daughter, Hermia, and her two suitors, Lysander and Demetrius. Hermia is in love with Lysander, but her father wants her to marry Demetrius. Lysander and Hermia decide to escape to Athens. Helena is in love with Demeterius. Hermia and Lysander then tell Helena about their plan to leave.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
TL;DR: People get lost in the woods. Puck manipulates their romantic affections and in one case anatomical head-shape. They put on a play. Four Athenians run away to the forest only to have Puck the fairy make both of the boys fall in love with the same girl.