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What is the summary for Act 3 Scene 1 of A Midsummer Night's Dream?

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turtle-dove | Student, Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted September 11, 2011 at 12:20 AM via web

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What is the summary for Act 3 Scene 1 of A Midsummer Night's Dream?

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 11, 2011 at 9:52 PM (Answer #1)

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This scene is the first time that the craftsmen meet in the woods to rehearse their play. Bottom continues to show himself as an arrogant know-it-all, who spends some time finding the perfect location for the rehearsal, and then tells Quince that two Prologues will be needed so that the ladies in the audience will not get scared due to the Lion or the sword scene. The craftsmen discuss how they are going to incorporate the wall and moonlight into the play, and then they finally begin rehearsing.

At this stage, Puck enters, invisibly. He is concerned that they are too near Titania who is sleeping and make wake her. He plans on causing mischief, and sees his opportunity when Bottom exits the "stage" and Puck gives him the head of an ass. When he re-enters the "stage," the other actors run away terrified.

Bottom is left alone and begins to sing to himself to stop himself feeling afraid. His song wakes Titania, who, since she has been annointed with the juice from the magic flower, falls in love with him. She summons her fairies to attend to him and he engages in smalltalk with them as they appear and are introduced.

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