'Lysander loves Hermia, and Hermia loves Lysander.
Helena loves Demetrius; Demetrius used to love Helena but now loves Hermia.
Egeus, Hermia's father, prefers Demetrius as a suitor, and enlists the aid of Theseus, the Duke of Athens, to enforce his wishes upon his daughter.'
I loved this play.
This was a Shakespeare play that I was really interested in reading after watching the movie Get Over It, which features this play in its story line. Having some familiarity with the characters and the plot really helped me while I was reading this play.
This play takes place in the city of Athens and the forest outside of its walls. Whilst the play never mentions when it is taking place, it does combined elements from both Renaissance England and Ancient Greece.
As a romantic comedy, this play deals with the difficulties of love and the tensions that come with relationships. Although the main tensions of the play don't come from the characters they are mainly the result of accidents, mistakes and circumstance.
This play has another layer to it, a fantasy element. A lot of this play deals with the nature of dreams and dreamlike states. This addition of comedic, joyful and magical elements make for a really fun reading experience.
With a lot of time spent on comparing the relationships between reality and fantasy, wakefulness and dreams, the readers gets to see the characters grow and question the differences between experience and beliefs.
A Midsummer Nights Dream is easily one of my favourite William Shakespeare plays, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in reading Shakespeare and unsure of where they should start.
In my opinion you can't go wrong with A Midsummer Nights Dream.
Published by Geramie Kate Barker