Several local craftsmen agree to write and produce a play for the revel.
Summary Analysis At the palace, Theseus and Hippolyta discuss the tale the lovers have told about their night in the wood.
Theseus comments that lovers, like madmen and poets, have "seething" brains. All three see things that don't exist because their imagination is stronger and more disordered than that of a reasonable person.
Hippolyta, though, suspects the lovers' story must be something more, since they all had the same dream. Theseus, always literal, dismisses the lovers' "dream," and fairies in general, as mere imagination. Hippolyta's response indicates not that Theseus is wrong, but that imagination can't be dismissed so easily.
And the outcome of the play, in which "dreams" solved what reason couldn't, supports Hippolyta. Active Themes Related Quotes with Explanations The lovers enter, and Theseus asks them what entertainment they'd like to see that night.
Philostrate brings forward a list of the possibilities. Theseus is interested by a "tedious brief scene of young Pyramus and his love Thisbe, very tragical mirth" 5. Philostrate replies that the play is "tedious brief" because it's the shortest play he's every seen but still too long.
It's "tragical mirth" because at the end of the play, when Pyramus kills himself, Philostrate cried, but only because he was laughing so hard. Just as the lovers were unintentionally funny to the fairies, the laborers are unintentionally funny to their audience.
Active Themes When Theseus learns that the players are simple manual laborers trying to do more than they are educated for, he decides to see it. He says that nothing "can be amiss when simpleness and duty tender it" 5.
Though Hippolyta objects that she doesn't enjoy seeing men made to look silly when trying only to serve, Theseus replies that he can tell when a man who cannot speak for nerves means to welcome him, and that he'll reward the laborers for the spirit behind their actions, not their acting.
He adds that it will be fun to watch their mistakes. The laborers have long feared that Theseus won't be able to tell that they're acting, that he'll think, for instance, that Snug is really a lion.
Theseus here says that he can always see through acting to the reality beneath, and extends this idea of acting to the everyday activities of one person greeting another.
Life, Theseus implies, is full of plays within plays. Active Themes Quince comes onstage and delivers a prologue. It is completely ludicrous. At one point, Quince claims that the actors don't even exist: Though as Theseus, Hippolyta, and the lovers remark, the prologue would have been normal if it had been correctly punctuated.
Quince continues with the Prologue, introducing the story and also the characters: Pyramus, Thisbe, the Wall, the Moonshine, and the Lion.
Quince's prologue establishes the rhythm of this scene. The actors will present their play while the audience Theseus, Hippolyta, and the lovers makes fun of it good-naturedly. This is just the same as the situation in the forest, except there it was the lovers who were being laughed at by the fairies.
Snout introduces himself as the Wall and tells the audience that the lovers will speak though a hole in the wall that he represents with his fingers. Theseus and Demetrius comment that the Wall is the wittiest wall they've ever heard speak.
It's interesting that Hermia and Helena never speak in this scene. Could it be because they've married, and have therefore accepted their husband's dominance?
Active Themes Bottom enters as Pyramus, and curses the Wall for dividing him from his love. Theseus comments that since the Wall can talk it should curse him back.A Midsummer Night's Dream is a comedy written by William Shakespeare in / It portrays the events surrounding the marriage of Theseus, the Duke of Athens, to Hippolyta, .
LitCharts assigns a color and icon to each theme in A Midsummer Night's Dream, which you can use to track the themes throughout the work. Florman, Ben. "A Midsummer Night's Dream Act 1, scene 2." LitCharts.
LitCharts LLC, 22 Jul Web. 25 Nov Florman, Ben. "A Midsummer Night's Dream . - Night in William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream One of the recurring themes throughout Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the time of day .
But A Midsummer Night’s Dream, written sometime in the late s seemed to have crossed boundaries. First of all, there are supernatural elements in the play which sort of went against the Humanist philosophy about supernatural entities not existing.
A Midsummer Night's Dream: Comedy. Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream is one of his most popular and enduring comedic plays.
As with most Elizabethan comedies, this play is a light-hearted. A Midsummer Night’s Dream by: William Shakespeare First performed around , Shakespeare’s comic fantasy of four lovers who find themselves bewitched by fairies is a sly reckoning with love, jealousy and marriage.