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A Midsummer Night's Dream

by William Shakespeare

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What are the important incidents in "A Midsummer Night's Dream"?

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A Midsummer Night's Dream is a play written by William Shakespeare. The plot is probably more complex than would fit in a single newspaper story. If these were real events, journalists would probably break the events down into four separate stories, based on the four different plot lines of the play:

  1. The Young Lovers: Hermia loves Lysander, and Helena loves Demetrius. Demetrius rejects Helena and pursues Hermia, whose father supports Demetrius's suit. The four young people run off into the woods, and after some confusion, and with the aid of Puck, Demetrius returns to Helena. The two couples return to Athens and are wed.
  2. Theseus and Hippolyta: Theseus kidnapped Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons. At the start of the play, they are preparing for a wedding. At the end of the play, they get married.
  3. The Fairies: The king and queen of the fairies (Oberon and Titania) are fighting over a changeling boy. Oberon has Puck cast a spell on Titania that causes her to fall in love with Bottom. At the end of the play, the spell is reversed, Oberon gets the boy, and the two fairy rulers are reconciled.
  4. The Mechanicals: Bottom, Quince, and the other tradesmen are rehearsing a play in the woods. After various comic interludes, they manage to finish their rehearsal and present their play.
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Several important incidents that might fit into the newspaper are as follows:

Hermia, daughter of the prominent Athenian citizen Egeus, has disappeared after a public disagreement with her father over the man she will marry. Several sources indicate she has run away with Lysander, the lover forbidden to her by both her father and Theseus.

Athenian citizen Demetrius, favored as Hermia's husband by her father Egeus, also has disappeared. Sources report he is searching for Hermia and being stalked by Helena.

Oberon, king of the fairies, feuds with his wife, Titania, over the fate of an Indian boy, disrupting human weather patterns.

Itinerant actor Bottom has suffered a mysterious accident that has given him an ass's head—and this seems to be the ultimate turn-on to love for Titania, the queen of the fairies.

Theseus, duke of Athens, weds Hippolyta, queen of the Amazons. She was captured as an unwilling bride, but Hippolyta has come around and participated without protest in what many are billing as a wedding to remember.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream is one of Shakespeare's most famous comedies. It contains one of Shakespeare's iconic themes of mistaken identity to help drive the complex comedic plot forward. There is a community of fairies and a community of humans, and their worlds come together on one fateful night. There are several sets of lovers, fairy and human. The main fairy characters include Puck (aka Robin Goodfellow) and Titania, Queen of the Fairies. Puck plays a trick on Titania at the urging of her husband, and sprinkles fairy dust on her eyes to make her fall in love with the next creature she sees; this creature turns out to be Bottom, a hapless man who is transformed into an ass just before Titania sees him. There is also a weddind of of multiple couples, and the song we all know as the classic wedding march was composed originally for a performance of this play.

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