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A Midsummer Night's Dream by [Shakespeare, William]
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Traditionally seen as one of Shakespeare's more romantic and enchanting plays, A Midsummer Night's Dream has more recently been seen as a darker and more sinister play than generations of schoolchildren have ever imagined. The play has usually been seen as a comical tale with confused identities and the fickleness of youthful love, as the young lovers, Lysander, Hermia, Demetrius and Helena escape parental control and the "sharp Athenian law" of their elders by eloping into the forest outside the city. Unfortunately they stumble into civil war in fairyland, where King Oberon and Queen Titania fight over possession of a beautiful young Indian "changeling" boy. The appearance of the "rude mechanicals", a group of Athenian workers, including the weaver Nick Bottom, compounds the confusion. Chaos, confusion and "shaping fantasies" reign before the final settlement of the play, but underneath all the hilarity many critics have discerned more ambivalent attitudes towards coercive parental control, bestial sexuality and the destructive power of desire. These approaches in no way detract from the exquisite lyricism of many sections of the play, but make it a more complex and effective comedy than has often been appreciated. --Jerry Brotton

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Traditionally seen as one of Shakespeare's more romantic and enchanting plays, A Midsummer Night's Dream has more recently been seen as a darker and more sinister play than generations of schoolchildren have ever imagined. The play has usually been seen as a comical tale with confused identities and the fickleness of youthful love, as the young lovers, Lysander, Hermia, Demetrius and Helena escape parental control and the "sharp Athenian law" of their elders by eloping into the forest outside the city. Unfortunately they stumble into civil war in fairyland, where King Oberon and Queen Titania fight over possession of a beautiful young Indian "changeling" boy. The appearance of the "rude mechanicals", a group of Athenian workers, including the weaver Nick Bottom, compounds the confusion. Chaos, confusion and "shaping fantasies" reign before the final settlement of the play, but underneath all the hilarity many critics have discerned more ambivalent attitudes towards coercive parental control, bestial sexuality and the destructive power of desire. These approaches in no way detract from the exquisite lyricism of many sections of the play, but make it a more complex and effective comedy than has often been appreciated. --Jerry Brotton

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 248 KB
  • Print Length: 98 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00847T0HK
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 99 customer reviews
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We studied Shakespeare's plays specifically Midsummer Night's Dream at school. Sadly, because the teacher wasn't very enthusiastic, I didn't enjoy it. Besides, Shakespearean English isn't the easiest to get into. Now I'm older I've realised what I've missed.

Read Susan Cooper's 'King of Shadows' first, and then read Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream.
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Writing a review for this play is a bit like a chocoholic singing the praises for chocolate. I love it. It is my favourite of all Shakespeare's work. The only reason this scored a 4 instead of a 5 is that it was the kindle version. The kindle format doesn't really work that well. It screws up the layout of the play a bit which leads to confusion on who is speaking. Putting that to one side, the play itself is brilliant.
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By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Jun. 2016
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Always a joy to read and of course to see, it is that time of year when A Midsummer Night’s Dream is performed up and down the country. Set in Athens and the surrounding woodland Theseus is preparing for his marriage to Hipployta, but first he has to contend with Hermia’s father who is intent on his daughter marrying Demetrius, although she is in love with Lysander. With Helena herself in love with Demetrius, Hermia and Lysander decide to elope.

As the two take themselves into the woods, so do Helena and Demetrius follow them. But this is the night when Oberon, the fairy king seeks to play a trick on the fairy queen, Titania, as she has a changeling that he wants. What with an amateur dramatic group also present in the area, practising the play that they want to put on for Theseus’ nuptials, so merry havoc is played. With a play set in a play, and some really witty prose this is great for young and old, and is popular throughout the world.

If you want what is ultimately a fantastical farce, then you cannot really go wrong with this.
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this is my first time, i have read a shakespeare play. a bit difficult to follow with old english. but i muddled through it and think i got there in the end. if you have never read any of his works, give this a try, it is only a short play. it has inspired me to read another.
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I am just starting to read Shakespeare and I admit I am struggling. I am on a learning curve,so the average star rating is more down to me not grasping the language. I am 76 and I know I have left it a bit late to try and get to grips with the worlds most famous playwright... Shame on me....Paddy
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Of late TV presented this play which I thoroughly emisonjoyed. It 'renewed my interest in Shakespeare which I had last encountered at grammar school some 70 years ago. This book was easy going and a pleasure to read. So many everyday quotes revealed and written with a sense of humour which core ran his time. A most interesting book, a d free as well!
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By Cheryl M-M TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 7 Sept. 2012
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The free Kindle classic editions can often be a less than stellar when it comes to formatting and errors. I am happy to say that this is a superior version and it includes stage directions and a glossary of words in the back.
Aside from that, this may not be perceived as one of Shakespeare's more prolific or dramatic works, but it is most certainly one of his more artistic and fantastical ones.
It is one of my favourites and I will readily admit to having Hardback versions of all of his works, yes I am one of those readers.
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I’ve embarked on an effort to read, or re-read in some cases, the vast majority of Shakespeare’s works. I’ve recently completed the major tragedies, so this comedy provided a counterpoint, in that at least most of the characters don’t die at the end. And this play is a “staple” of high school theater productions, in part, no doubt, because of the tangled webs that love affairs can spin.

Shakespeare provides a quick set-up to the plot. It is star-crossed, or at least parent-crossed love. Hermia is in love with Lysander, but her father, Egeus, wants her to marry Demetrius. The stage is in Athens, and the Duke, Theseus, who will marry his own beloved, Hippolyta, the Queen of the Amazons, in a month’s time, proclaims the “law of the land”: Hermia must follow her father’s wishes “To whom you are but a form of wax” or be killed or placed in a nunnery for the rest of her life, as a virgin.

Lysander and Hermia agree to meet in the woods outside Athens, planning their escape…beyond the reach of the “law” of Theseus. Helena, who is not as lovely, betrays her friend, Hermia, and tells Demetrius of the meeting. The woods get crowded with a theater troupe planning a production for the marriage of Theseus and Hippolyta. Fairies are spreading “pixie dust” the magic elixir that changes lives, and now Lysander awakes, and declares his love of Helena, saying that he can see her soul. Hermia had told Lysander not to sleep too near. Hum. A cautionary tale, as it were, for those women who keep their men at a distance. “Reason and love keep little company together now-a-days,” as Shakespeare say, and he explains changes in love’s heart via capricious and whimsical fairies. Probably as good an explanation as any other.

Women in a definitely subservient position?
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