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kimberlulay | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 26, 2007 at 3:58 AM via web

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Please explain this line in "A Midsummer Night's Dream":  Act 3, Scene 2, Line 6. 

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Wiggin42 | TA , Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted March 11, 2014 at 12:10 AM (Answer #5)

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Puck's monologue is essentially him telling Oberon everything that has happened thus far; according to Oberon's plans. The magic has worked and Titania is now in love with an ass. This is him gloating to Oberon on how well he has carried out his orders. Imagine a little kid explaining in great detail how they've just done the most wonderful bad thing like stealing a cookie or scribbling on the walls. Puck is full of pride in this moment. 

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tal | Student, Undergraduate | Honors

Posted January 26, 2007 at 6:18 AM (Answer #1)

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I'm not sure exactly which lines you mean, but here is lines 6-16:

Here comes my messenger.--What's up, mad spirit?
What's going on now about this haunted grove?

PUCK:
My mistress is in love with a monster.
Near to her close and consecrated private place,
While she was sleeping,
A crew of actors, rude mechanicals,
That work for bread near Athenian shops,
Were met together to rehearse a play
Intended for great Theseus' wedding day.
The stupidest man of these dim country-folk
Who acted Pyramus in their rehearsal,
Exited from his scene and entered in a bunch of bushes,
When I took advantage of him
And I fixed donkey's head on his head.

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brendawm | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted July 31, 2007 at 1:55 AM (Answer #2)

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This is the entire speech translated:

My mistress Titania is in love with a monster. While she was sleeping in her bed of flowers, a group of bumbling idiots, rough workmen from Athens, got together nearby to rehearse some play they plan to perform on Theseus's wedding day. The stupidest one, who played Pyramus in their play, finished his scene and went to sit in the bushes to wait for his next cue. I took that opportunity to stick a donkey's head on him. When it was time for him to go back onstage and talk to his Thisbe, he came out of the bushes and everyone saw him. His friends ran away as fast as ducks scatter when they hear a hunter's gunshot. One of them was so frightened when he heard my footsteps that he yelled, “Murder!” and called for help from Athens. They were all so afraid that they completely lost their common sense. They started to become scared of inanimate objects, terrified by the thorns and briars that catch at their clothing and pull off their sleeves and hats. I led them on in this frightened, distracted state, and left sweet  Pyramus there, transformed into someone with a donkey's head. At that exact moment, Titania woke up and immediately fell in love with him, an ass.

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revolution | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted July 19, 2009 at 9:43 PM (Answer #3)

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ROBIN My mistress Titania is in love with a monster. While she was sleeping in her bed of flowers, a group of bumbling idiots, rough workmen from Athens, got together nearby to rehearse some play they plan to perform on Theseus's wedding day. The stupidest one, who played Pyramus in their play, finished his scene and went to sit in the bushes to wait for his next cue. I took that opportunity to stick a donkey's head on him. When it was time for him to go back onstage and talk to his Thisbe, he came out of the bushes and everyone saw him. His friends ran away as fast as ducks scatter when they hear a hunter's gunshot. One of them was so frightened when he heard my footsteps that he yelled, “Murder!” and called for help from Athens. They were all so afraid that they completely lost their common sense. They started to become scared of inanimate objects, terrified by the thorns and briars that catch at their clothing and pull off their sleeves and hats. I led them on in this frightened, distracted state, and left sweet
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cheeko101 | Student, Grade 11 | eNoter

Posted July 21, 2011 at 1:53 AM (Answer #4)

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if you watch the movie you well understand it. thats how i understood the story!

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slhull6 | eNoter

Posted March 19, 2014 at 3:09 PM (Answer #6)

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What night-rule now about this haunted grove?

This is line six from Act 3, Scene 2.

It is said by Oberon as Robin (Puck) enters. Oberon is curious what other bad fate has crossed him because his wife, Titania is angry with him. Now, by mistake, Titania has fallen in love with a donkey because, as requested by Oberon, she was put under a spell to fall in love with the next creature she sees. 

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