A Midsummer Night 's Dream By William Shakespeare Essay

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A Midsummer Night 's Dream by Shakespeare has been studied and contemplated by its viewers for centuries following its manifestation. There are many truths we can find within the contents of this play, and perhaps that is why it has survived for so long. One specific aspect of the play that particularly captivates the audience is the setting, which allows the veracity of the wilderness to seep through. A Midsummer Nights Dream takes place in ancient Athens and tells the tale of four couples. Lysander and Hermia are in love. Helena loves Demetrius; Demetrius used to love Helena but now loves Hermia. Egeus, Hermia 's father, prefers Demetrius as a suitor, and enlists the aid of Theseus, the Duke of Athens, to enforce his wishes upon his daughter. Upon hearing that Hermia may either suffer the death penalty or spend her life as a nun, she runs away into the forest with Lysander. Demetrius sets out after her, with Helena following behind him. One mischievous fairy named Puck puts a special potion in both Lysander and Demetrius ' eyes, making them unconsciously fall in love with Helena. Meanwhile, king and queen of the fairies, Titania and Oberon, are fighting because Tatiana refuses to give up a little Indian boy that Oberon desires to make apart of his army. As a punishment, Oberon puts a potion in Titania 's eyes, making her fall for Bottom (who is turned into an ass). As these plots are unfolding, the mechanics are putting together a play called Pyramus and Thisbe to perform…

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