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Read Susan Cooper's 'King of Shadows' first, and then read Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream.
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.
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.
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?Read more ›
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Bought before I bought the complete works. My own fault. But I love this play after being in a school production of it some 25 years ago. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Mr. Patrick N. Andrews
Mixed up couples meet fairies in the woods near Athens. Is it real or a dream?Published 1 month ago by SirChutney