A Midsummer Night's Dream Act III, Scene 1: Summary and Analysis

William Shakespeare

Act III, Scene 1: Summary and Analysis

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Peaseblossom, Cobweb, Mote, and Mustardseed: Titania’s fairies

The craftsmen meet in the wood to rehearse their play. After finding the perfect setting for the rehearsal, Bottom cautions Quince that he will need two Prologues to the play so that the ladies will not be afraid due to the sword scene or the Lion. The logistics of the moonlight and the need to have someone play the Wall are discussed and the rehearsal begins. This is when Puck (who is invisible), concerned that they are so near the sleeping Titania, makes his entrance to watch and cause mischief. Bottom exits on cue, and while he is “offstage” Puck replaces Bottom’s head with that of an ass. When it...

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