This play was written and performed around 1595-96 for a royal wedding. This play was written and performed around 1595-96 for a royal wedding



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This play was written and performed around 1595-96 for a royal wedding.

  • This play was written and performed around 1595-96 for a royal wedding.

  • It is a romantic comedy.


Think about some romantic comedies that you’ve seen. What are some elements of this type of story?

  • Think about some romantic comedies that you’ve seen. What are some elements of this type of story?

  • How do they start?

  • What happens in the middle?

  • How do the stories usually end?



Athens, Greece

  • Athens, Greece

  • The setting of this play is a mythical version of ancient Athens and Duke Theseus’s palace where law and order abide.

  • Woods outside of Athens

  • Magical fairies roam the woods, ready to make mischief on humans and create chaos.



Theseus and Hippolyta :

  • Theseus and Hippolyta :

  • Duke and Queen of Athens

  • Hermia, Lysander, Helena, Demetrius:

  • Four young lovers

  • The Tradesmen:

  • a.k.a. The Rude Mechanicals

  • Oberon, Titania , Puck:

  • Kink and Queen of the Fairies, and the king’s assistant



Moon: night/ confusion… “lunacy” (“Luna” is Latin for moon)

  • Moon: night/ confusion… “lunacy” (“Luna” is Latin for moon)

  • Dreams/Sleep: illusion, the fickle nature of love

  • Athens: law and order

  • The Woods: imagination, dreams, chaos

  • Day/Night: order/chaos



Shakespeare uses;



What is the true nature of love?

  • What is the true nature of love?

  • Is love constant and unchanging, or changeable and fickle?



“The course of true love never did run smooth.”

  • “The course of true love never did run smooth.”

  • Lysander

  • What might love be compared to in this quote?

  • What might this say about the nature of love?

  • List as many different types of love as you can.



Romantic Love

  • Romantic Love

  • Platonic Love

  • Unrequited Love

  • Blind Love

  • Love at First Sight

  • Unconditional Love





One summer night, two pairs of young lovers and a group of amateur actors wander into the fairies’ mad world.

  • One summer night, two pairs of young lovers and a group of amateur actors wander into the fairies’ mad world.

  • The magic begins…..

  • When Hermia and Lysander sneak off to the forest to elope, Demetrius and Helena follow.

  • Meanwhile, Oberon and Titania, the king and queen of the fairies, are having a quarrel.

  • The results for innocent human bystanders are disastrous—and hilarious!



How will the fairies affect the situation of

  • How will the fairies affect the situation of

  • Hermia, Lysander, Helena, and Demetrius?

  • Can love triumph over magical mischief as well as more ordinary obstacles?





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