What are the settings in "A Midsummer Night's Dream"?
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The entire action of the play takes place in Athens. The play begins and ends in "the palace of Theseus" (ActI Sc1 and ActV Sc1). The "rude mechanicals," Bottom and company meet and discuss their plans to entertain Duke Theseus on his wedding day at Quince's house, (ActI Sc2 and ActIV Sc2). Most of the action of the play takes place in "a wood near Athens." (ActII Sc1 to ActIV Sc1).
The three settings are arranged in the form of three concentric circles: "Theseus' palace" forms the outermost circle, "Quince's house" the next circle and "a wood near Athens" the innermost circle where most of the action takes place.
There are three settings in a Midsummer Night's Dream.
1) Woods - (the fairy world)
2) Athens - (the real world)
3) Athenian Craftsmen - ( The world put together by Athenian Craftmen)
In general, A Midsummer Night's Dream occurs in a mythical Athens but takes place in various places around the state. The first and last scenes of the play takes place in Theseus's palace, two scenes are staged in the house of Peter Quince. However, the entirety of the play occurs in the forest which gives the play a light toe and magical feeling.
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