‘A MID-SUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM’ BY SHAKESPEARE. Emma Jury 110041189. Plot.
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Emma Jury 110041189
Theseus, the Duke of Athens, is preparing for his marriage to Hippolyta during a 4-day festival whilst trying to marry his daughter, Hermia, off to Demetrius. Hermia loves Lysander and does not want to marry Demetrius and decides to run away into the woods with Lysander in the hope to get married in the house of Lysander's. Helena, Hermia's best friend, who is in love with Demetrius, tells Demetrius of Hermia’s plans and follows Demetrius into the woods to find Hermia and Lysander.
Helena and Demetrius, meet Oberon and Titania, king and queen of the fairies. Titania and Oberon have been fighting about a young Indian prince Oberon and as revenge, Oberon asks his servant, Puck, to acquire a magic flower that can make a person fall in love with the first thing he sees upon waking.
Oberon wanted to sprinkle the juice over Titania so she would fall in love with him, but changes his mind and asks Puck to spread the juice over Demetrius’ eyes so he will fall in love with Helena.
Puck accidently sprinkles the juice over Lysander’s eyes and as Lysander wakes he sees Helena first, causing both men to fall in love with Helena and abandon Hermia. This causes a fight between Lysander and Demetrius and they are lead apart in the forest to be later found by Titania and Oberon.
Theseus and Hippolyta find Lysander and Hermia sleeping and take them back to Athens and somehow Demetrius now loves Helena and Lysander now loves Hermia and they have a group wedding to celebrate. After the wedding, Puck and his craftsman perform a play and the newly-weds go to bed where the fairy king and queen place a protective charm on the sleeping couples. Only Puck remains and he asks the audience to remember the play as though it all were a dream.
Year level: Year 10
Engagement experiences would include: -Students discussing themes love, friendship and their thoughts about the nature of reality and the different ways illusion is part of our everyday lives). - Looking at the cultural/historical aspects of Athenians and how this period of time (1600s) has influenced Shakespeare's work. -Researching/discussing how Elizabethans viewed marriage and the reasoning for deciding whom young women would marry (i.e. in Royal families)