A Midsummer Night’s Dream ★★★★☆

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Title: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Series: ———-
Author: William Shakespeare
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Genre: Play, Comedy
Pages: 111
Format: Digital Edition

 

Synopsis:

Lysander and Hermia are in love. Hermia’s father however, wants her to marry Demetrius. Demetrius claims he’s in love with Hermia but had previously woo’d and declared his love to Helena. Helena is in love with Demetrius. Lysander and Hermia plan to run away from Athens and get married. Helena tells Demetrius (I’m not sure why) and all 4 meet in the woods at night.

During this time, the King and Queen of the fairies are having a tiff because of a little serving boy. Oberon, the king, gives his servant Puck some magic herbs to cause trouble for Titania, the Queen. Puck also uses this magic herb on Lysander and Demetrius and lots of problems ensure between the 4 humans.

At the same time, a group of workmen are practicing a play in the same woods for the Duke of Athen’s upcoming nuptials. Puck turns one of them into a creature with a donkey’s head and everyone runs away. Titania ends up falling in love with Bottom due to the magic herbs. Oberon tells Puck to fix everything, which he does and it is all sweetness and light between everyone.

The play is performed at the wedding and the Duke and Company have as much making fun of the play as they watching it. The players are rewarded and everyone is happy.

 

My Thoughts:

I read this back in highschool in the 90’s and have watched the movie, starring Michelle Pfeiffer, at least twice since 2000 so I’m relatively familiar with the story.

Finally, a “comedy” that I could laugh at. There is a reason this is one of Shakespeare’s more produced plays. There is something for everyone and for almost every kind of humor. Whether word plays or physical comedy or situational comedy, this has it all.

I don’t have much to say. I enjoyed this, am glad I really enjoyed something by Shakespeare and it has given me a shot in the arm to keep on reading. You’re never going to hear me quoting Shakespeare like Jeeves though.

★★★★☆

 

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39 thoughts on “A Midsummer Night’s Dream ★★★★☆

  1. Manuel Antao says:

    I see you’re still going at it…

    Are you tallying the number of plays you’ve read so far?

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  2. salonimore1702 says:

    I don’t think I could ever read Shakespeare’s plays for fun. “Romeo and Juliet” was enough in Grade 8 so kudos to you for reading so many of them!

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  3. This is one of the few Shakespeare pieces I’ve read and I really enjoyed it.

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  4. This is a fun play! I studied a lot of Shakespeare and this was one of my favourites. Glad you enjoyed it. I liked the Taming of The Shrew and there are tons of films based on that one because it’s just a good adaptable story

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  5. piotrek says:

    That’s a really good Shakespeare, one I’ve both read and seen played 🙂

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  6. Greg says:

    I’ve never read this (or seen it) but the idea of it has always fascinated me, for some reason- I should definitely give it a shot. I think the humor of it appeals to me!

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    • Bookstooge says:

      I encourage everyone to be well-read in regards to Shakespeare. One’s appreciation of modern literature can only be enhanced by being familiar with what the bard wrote 🙂

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  7. Ola G says:

    I’ve read this one, and countless iterations of it, and I really enjoy it too! 🙂 Glad your Shakespeare read is still on 🙂

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  8. Christopher says:

    This was the first Shakespeare play I read in a single sitting, and still one of my favorites. It’s also probably the one I can quote the most–playing Puck was fun although playing Caliban from “The Tempest” was more fun.
    It’s so light and humorous it’s easy to overlook some of the artistry–like the fact that Titania’s line “The moon methinks looks with a watery eye” marks the halfway point, and brings together the moon, eyes, and water which, up to that point, have been repeated but always separately. Then again humor is like gossamer, and it would be rude to make too bold with good Master Cobweb.

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  9. Yay I’m glad you liked this! This is one of my favourites 😀 And it is funny 🙂

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  10. I was waiting for this review. I was wondering what you’d think of it because this one is my least favourite of Shakespeare’s plays that I’ve read so far. I don’t know why. I really WANT to like it and I’ve read it about three times but I’m not becoming more fond of it. I don’t enjoy the mistaken identities ploy …. he uses it too much, although I do appreciate it in A Comedy of Errors and some of this other plays. Oh well, I should perhaps just move on. I must say, I enjoy his Tragedies and Histories better than his Comedies.

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    • Bookstooge says:

      I am finding his comedies to rely on a lot of physical type humor that doesn’t translate well to the page. I’ll see how I feel about his stuff once I move past the Comedies.

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  11. Nicole says:

    Yeah, Midsummer is one of my favorites — and one of the most frequently done — for a reason. Glad you were able to enjoy it.

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  12. Matt Ries says:

    A local college did a production of this play, I was in college at the time and had no idea where I was going but my dad did know where the college was. So he and I went, he’s usually doesn’t laugh that much but he did while watching the play. One of the main reasons I love this play.

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  13. savageddt says:

    I have only ever read Romeo and Juliet, but that was to pass my last year at school. I am still to pick up a shake’play somewhere some time….

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    • Bookstooge says:

      I know you’re still learning Dutch, but have you thought about trying to read some Dutch classics? Anyone can read shakespeare, and so many people have and reviewed it, but I’ve not exactly seen any books called Dutch Classics and I’d be interested, even if just to broaden my world view.
      Not that I’m hinting anything. Oh wait, YES I AM!
      😉

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  14. Michelle Pfeiffer is life! 😀

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