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maydoza | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 22, 2008 at 5:41 AM via web

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What is the climax of "A Midsummer Night's Dream"?

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playsthething | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted November 22, 2008 at 7:38 AM (Answer #1)

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I believe that the climax of the play comes in Act III, Scene 2, when the four lovers are at the height of their confusion.  Both Demetrius and Lysander are pursuing Helena, and both Helena and Hermia are amazed at this.  The guys go off to find a place to fight, and Hermia threatens Helena with a physical fight as well.  They all run off and Puck and Oberon are left to trick them into the right areas to sort it out.  The falling action begins in IV, 1 when Theseus and the other Athenians find the lovers in the woods and the triple marriage is set.  My opinion is based on the main plot of the four lovers.  If you focus on the Titania/Bottom subplot, the climax of that story comes in IV, 1, with Titania and Bottom at the height of their infatuation.  

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