A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare Made Easy Series)

A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare Made Easy Series)


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780812035841
Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/28/1985
Series: Shakespeare Made Easy Series
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 60,733
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.25(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

William Shakespeare was born in 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—an older daughter Susanna and twins, Judith and Hamnet. Hamnet, Shakespeare’s only son, died in childhood. The bulk of Shakespeare’s working life was spent in the theater world of London, where he established himself professionally by the early 1590s. He enjoyed success not only as a playwright and poet, but also as an actor and shareholder in an acting company. Although some think that sometime between 1610 and 1613 Shakespeare retired from the theater and returned home to Stratford, where he died in 1616, others believe that he may have continued to work in London until close to his death.

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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom

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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom

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A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare Made Easy Series) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
mroc3827 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
A midsummer nights dream is about four different stories that each event in them affects all of them. On stories is about the kings wedding, other one is about two cabals leaving Athens to escape the Athenian law that says they cant marry, and another one is about five trades men preforming a play for the kings wedding, and the final one is about two fairies that are king and queen of the fairies. the king and future queen of Athens are planning their wedding, and the kings party planners daughter doesn't want to marry the man her father picked and wants to marry someone else, the five trades think they are very good and are the best so they perform for the king. final the king and queen fairy are fighting and cause lots of trouble. i didn't really like this book its not something i want to read more than once. But it is also a classic and some teaches make you read. but if you don't like lots of romance and drama then don't read this book.
Aaron.Korff on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This is a play written by William Shakespeare. This is about a royal wedding, fairies, tradesmen and a messed up problem with people in love. First there is the royal wedding Thesues is going to marry Hippolyta. Then thare are the tradesmen who want to put on a play with for the royal wedding. The play is Pyramus and Thisbe. Then there is Lysander and Hermia, they are in love. Hermia though is susposed to marry Demetrius. Helena though loves Demetrius. Then there are the fairies. Oberon is the king and Titania is the queen. They are fighting over an orphan Indian boy. Oberon gets Puck to put love juice in Titania's eyes so she will fall in love with whatever she first sees. Puck gets one of the tradesmen named Bottom and turns his head into a ass's head. Titania falls in love with Bottom. Puck also puts the love juice in Lysander and Demetrius's eyes so they fall in love with Helena. Later Puck removes the love juice from Lysander. He also removes it from Titania because Oberon got the orphan boy. Later Thesesus announces that the two couples can get married when he gets married. The tradesmen perform their play and the audience likes it. I liked this book pretty will. We had to perform it in class. I also like how it is put in modern english on the other page. I like it because if I don't understand what something means then I can see it on the other page. At the end I had to be Flute, on of the tradesmen, and act out Thisbe, the girl in "Pyramus and Thisbe". That was funny because I had to talk in a high voice and wear a wig. I really like how it all get torn apart and put back together agian in the end. This is a good play and is fun to act out. So if you are looking for a good play to do in class this is a great one.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this is a great book because it does not only show the original play, but it shows a 'modernized' version of it also. It is acually side by side. The modernized version doesn't take away from the fasinating and exciting original. I highly recommened this book if you are trying to read shakepear.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's a very good play and not hard to understand at all with the new version, but it's not the same without reading the old version first, which is much better!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Heads up everyone! This is a great book. I read it with my 7th Grade English Class. We all thought it was to early for real shakespeare but we quickly realized that we were wrong. We analyzed both versions of the text, Shakespeare and Modern, and were amazed to find that we understood all of it quite easily! I was rapidly reading ahead of everyone (oopsie!) and finished it with ease. I recommend this book to anyone and everyone! Have Fun!
Guest More than 1 year ago
First I read the modern version to help me understand the story,I then read the original play .It was so magical and poetic,it made me enjoy reading again.The fairy lands were wonderful and the characters seemed like friends.Since the modern and the original text are side-by-side it makes it extreamly easy.This play is truely great and it has made Shakespeare one of my favorites .