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A Midsummer Night's Dream (Dover Thrift Editions)
by William Shakespeare
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Product Details
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; edition (Feb 21, 2023)
  • ISBN: 048627067X
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 Based on 20 reviews.
  • Sales Rank: 94899

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5" What mortal fool we are", Dec 10, 2022
A midsummer Night's Dream has a lot of spunk!! I think it was a little difficult to understand all of what they were saying sometimes but watching the movie really put in prospective for me. I thought is was one of those mudhy ushy love stories where they fall in love and kiss but it had a lot of twists and turns. My teacher, Mr. Paden, told us to do a scene from shakespear. I thought it was the same but he added a twist to it, we had to use only 15 props and that counted costumes. We had to eluminate the whole stage with something or do it outside. We could not change the words around either. We did outside in the rain and my skit was under a hang over while the audience stood in the rain. It was like the real thing because we had to do it outside and we were under the hangover just like in shakespeare time. I understood it after we watched the movie with each scene and do a skit on a scene. I think shakespeare moral is we are fools when we are in love. Just like Puck says. We make promises we can not keep when we are in love and overlook the facuities of the other person. The faries made a little mistakes and had to fix it so Lysander loves Hermia and Demetrius loves Helena again. It is funny and exciting with romantic, actors, and faries.

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4Lo, What Fools These Mortals Be, Dec 9, 2022
In Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, four different people constantly fall in and out of love, all the while being confused and toyed with by some fairies. The story is good for a laugh, as well as being a rather clever insight into some of the nuances of love.
At the start of the play, there is a dilemma. Egeus' daughter Hermia is in love with Lysander, who is in love with her. But her father believes she should marry Demetrius, another courter. To complicate matters, Hermia's friend Helena has slept with Demetrius before, and is completely enamored with him. By a strange turn of events, all four end up in the woods late at night, when the fairies are about. Oberon, the king of the fairies, sends his number one servant Puck, to bewitch Demetrius to fall in love with Helena. But Puck makes a mistake, and instead makes Lysander fall in love with Helena. Attempting to correct things, Puck makes Demetrius also fall in love with her, leaving poor Hermia confused and angry. Helena thinks everyone is playing a trick on her, Lysander and Demetrius are professing their love for Helena, and Hermia is trying to claw out Helena's eyes. The scenes are most amusing, but are also rather pointed. In this altered state, Lysander says things to his beloved Hermia that he would never have said otherwise, calling her short and shrewish. It leaves one to wonder if this is what he truly thought of her sometimes, but was afraid to say. Eventually, Puck and Oberon clear everything up by putting everyone to sleep, and when they wake up, Hermia and Lysander are in love, as are Helena and Demetrius. There are two weddings, and everyone is happy, except Egeus.
In this play, there is a rather funny view of love represented. Although normally they are the picture of happiness and kindness to each other, Lysander and Hermia become violently at odds once the spell is cast upon them by Puck. They say terrible things, insult each other, and generally act like school children. On the other hand, Hermia is so desperate to have Demetrius back again, but once she actually gets him, she doesn't believe his love is true and real, because she has so convinced herself that he can never love her. It's a funny story, but it has reflections into real life as well. When in love, people are oftentimes so enamored with each other that they overlook, gloss over, or pretend that one another's flaws don't exist. But once that veil of initial emfatuation is removed, then they start to be honest about each other's imperfections. On the other hand, Hermia's experience is quite normal as well. Sometimes, a person can be so entranced, and want someone so badly, that they conjure up an image of the person that is unrealistic. Then, when they finally can have the person, they find out that they don't measure up to expectations or fantasies, and the grass truly isn't greener on the other side of the fence.
I think that this play was excellent. Shakespeare never fails to disappoint in being able to capture his reader's attention, and I loved this play. It was clever and witty, and I would recommend it as a good read, if for no other reason than to get exposure to some of Shakespeare's lighter writings.

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4SA-WEET, Dec 9, 2022
This play is so fantastic to me because of two things. Thanks to my mom I am a huge fan of romantic comedies. You can poke fun if you wish but they are the best plays (or movies) out there. And the other reason I loved this play is because there where fairies in it. Who doesn't love fairies? I always enjoy a good fairy tale. And trust me this is a great fairy tale.
I have read a few little stories written by Shakespeare in books and things. This is the first real Shakespeare play I've read. I must say I was completely taken by this play. It takes you away from our world and brings you into a completely different where love is everywhere and anywhere, fairies float about happily and things sort of fall into place.
I think Shakespeare really shows different the aspects of love. He shows how strong it is. Lysander was willing to do absolutely anything for his dear Hermia. It was also shown when Helena refused to give up on her love for Demetrius. In the end love conquered all. They all got what they wanted except Hermia's father, who of course got the short straw. His daughter married the man he hated and the man he did like married someone else.
He also shows how fickle it is. When Puck squirted the flower juice on Lysander's eyes everything changed for him and Hermia. In (literally) the blink of an eye his love changed between to girls. It's so funny to me how Lysander speaks so romantically to Hermia then not 5 minutes later he is trying to hit on Helena.
I've learned a few things from different characters. I've learned from Helena to never give up. She didn't give up on Demetrius and she was rewarded for her diligence. She got the man she wanted and she lived happily ever after.
The thing I've learned from Demetrius is to be kind. I should be kind to everyone, but especially girls. Because the person I'm being mean to could became my best friend or my brother-in-law. I should be REALLY nice to girls because I could end up marrying her or one of her friends. And we all know how girls tell each other everything.
From Puck I've learned to be very careful. I have to be careful what I do and say around certain people. Because if I don't I might screw my life or more importantly someone else's reputation.
And from Lysander I've learned to just hold on because love is a roller coaster. Love is like the wind. One minute it's strong enough to knock you off your feet. But the next minute you can't even feel it. So just be prepared for the craziness of love.

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4Dare To Dream, Dec 9, 2022
Love is a powerful emotion that even Shakespeare was mystified by. It often makes you do crazy things, which is brilliantly displayed in A Midsummer Night's Dream. The story of four young lovers and their conflicting interests in each other are revealed as we are taken on an enchanted journey into the woods. Shakespeare is captivating as he shares the lovers' experiences in the wonder, beauty, and folly that love creates.
Although comedic, A Midsummer Night's Dream conveys a timeless message to readers of all ages. Shakespeare skillfully displays the passion and power of love. Love blinds us, shielding lovers from all faults and blemishes of their devoted. The night is controlled by the fairies, symbolizing the magic and passion that the lovers' feel in the night. Lovers live in a world of fantasies and illusions and are separated from all state of reason. Regardless of how foolish one acts when in love, it is a magical dream that no one wishes to wake from.
Living in a world where love is commonly spoken without meaning, reduces the power of love to everyday and ordinary. Shakespeare shows us how there is nothing "ordinary" about love. People in love live a life that has been drastically altered, and forever changed. I believe there is beauty and sanctity in love, it is a gift which is not to be wasted but to be embraced, and takes a lifetime to appreciate.
This celebration of love spoke volumes to me, as it will to you. The value and follies of love is beautifully illustrated and humorously delivered. This sarcastic depiction of love is very realistic and communicates the passion and desire that everyone longs for. A Midsummer Night's Dream allows you to experience your wildest dreams and imagine a world beyond, where the magic of the fairies fill the night.

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4isn't love WONDERFUL?! :), Dec 9, 2022
A Midsummer Night's Dream is a wonderful comedy about the confusion of love. William Shakespeare wrote this play to point out the fact that, no matter how hard you try, you can't control your future. Although this play is a little 'far-fetched' when it comes to the story line, with faries and such, it is the truth! The only one who has control of our lives is God, and the god being played in this story is the fairy Puck. Puck has the ability to make people fall inlove with other people and do crazy things without them realizing they've changed.
I've learned that you can't base your life on the things you want to happen. What you desire is not always what comes true. As Lysander says, "The course of true love never did run smooth." In the play, Hermia and Lysander are inlove, Demetrius loves Hermia and Helena is inlove with Demetrius. Hermia and Lysander's plan was to run away and get married, but after taking a trip through the woods near Athens their plans changed drasticly. After some intervention of the fairys, Lysander and Demetrius both ended up loving Helena, and Hermia was left all alone. Hermia was heartbroken because she was determined to marry Lysander. This is a good example that you can't control your future. Anything can come and intervene with your plans, and cause you to be lost and confused like Hermia.
I would recomend this book to anyone who enjoys reading plays! The play is extremely funny and keeps your interest. All though it is written in the language of 'thy' and 'thou' it isn't difficult to understand. As you read, you will find yourself getting frustrated with the confusion going on, and at the end, feeling relieved with the conclusion.


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