A Midsummer Night's Dreamby William Shakespeare, R. A. Foakes
Pub. Date: 02/01/1985
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Shakespeare's intertwined love polygons begin to get complicated from the start--Demetrius and Lysander both want Hermia but she only has eyes for Lysander. Bad news is, Hermia's father wants Demetrius for a son-in-law. On the outside is Helena, whose unreturned love burns hot for Demetrius. Hermia and Lysander plan to flee from the city under cover of darkness but are pursued by an enraged Demetrius (who is himself pursued by an enraptured Helena). In the forest, unbeknownst to the mortals, Oberon and Titania (King and Queen of the faeries) are having a spat over a servant boy. The plot twists up when Oberon's head mischief-maker, Puck, runs loose with a flower which causes people to fall in love with the first thing they see upon waking. Throw in a group of labourers preparing a play for the Duke's wedding (one of whom is given a donkey's head and Titania for a lover by Puck) and the complications become fantastically funny.
Table of ContentsA Midsummer Night?s Dream - William Shakespeare - Edited by Wolfgang Clemen William Hazlitt: From The Characters of Shakespeare?s Plays
Henry Alonzo Myers: ?Romeo and Juliet? and ?A Midsummer Night?s Dream?: Tragedy and Comedy
John Russell Brown From Shakespeare and His Comedies
Frank Kermode: ?A Midsummer Night?s Dream?
Linda Bamber: The Status of the Feminine in Shakespearean Comedy
Sylvan Barnet: ?A Midsummer Night?s Dream? on the Stage and Screen
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Camille Wells Slights: From Shakespeare?s Comic Commonwealths
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