Mid Summer Night Stream Essay

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The second half of our summer project was to read A Midsummer Night's Dream written by William Shakespeare. I found this book very interesting, yet difficult to comprehend at some parts, but side notes helped sort confusion.The novel begins as Theseus, the Duke of the Athens is preparing to marry Hippolyta in a couple days. Soon Egeus arrives at the palace to share with Theseus problems he's been having with his daughter Hermia. Hermia wants to marry Lysander, but her father wants to be wed to Demetrius, and under the law Hermia must marry the man her father chooses, otherwise she'll be put to death or become a nun. Theseus gives Hermia a few days to decide. After hearing the verdict, Hermia and Lysander devise a plan to run away. Before starting to the forest, Hermia confides in Helena, who is in love with Demetrius, of her and Lysander's flight to the woods. Hoping that sharing this info with Demetrius will better her chances, Helena tells him, and the chase begins.Meanwhile in the forest, the king and queen of fairies, Oberon and Titania are arguing. An angry Oberon sends his servant Puck to find a pansy which when applied to Titania's while she is sleeping will make her fall in love with the first living thing she sees, Oberon also has Puck put it on Demetrius' eyes so when he wakes up he will love Helena. Tired and lost, Hermia and Lysander take a rest. Mistakenly Puck puts the pansy juice on Lysander's eyes and he is awakened by Helena who thinks he is hurt; he immediately falls in love with her. Still causing trouble Puck puts a donkey head on a man in the forest who is practicing for a play that will be presented at Theseus' and Hippolyta's wedding, and when Titania awakens she falls in love with the so called "donkey man," also known as Bottom the weaver. Trying to solve things, Puck also goes back and applies it to Demetrius' eyes who then also falls in love with Helena, which only causes more complications and Puck has to separate the lovers before they all kill each other. Oberon realizing things need to be fixed applies the pansy juice to Titania and Lysander's eyes, so the appropriate people will love each other. With things solved, everyone goes back to the Theseus' palace to watch the play turn out...

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