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A reaction to the play a midsummer nights dream

September 17, 2013 at 5: It was really confusing and quite challenging to keep up. I found the characters to be interesting with the way that they talk to each other. I really do enjoy the love aspect of it with the way that Demetrius is in love with Hermia but she it not in love with him back. Helena is actually in love with Demetriius he is repulsed by her.

There are so many different things going on in the play that Shakespeare adds in the play. I have no doubt that as I continue to read on I will get a better grip on the language and a more concrete understanding.

Bailey McPherson September 17, 2013 at 5: I am always finding myself asking the meaning of a word or phrase. Thankfully, I remembered the plot overview and the characters from reading and acting out this play in high school. He has the events at the beginning of the play with the duke of Athens, Theseus, and his fiance, Hippolyta, discussing their wedding and then all of a sudden an Athens commoner named Egeus is introduced when he confronts Theseus that his daughter Hermia does not want to marry the man Demetrius he has promised for her.

Egeus demands that if his daughter does not listen to him in marrying Demetrius and not her true love Lysander, that she will be banished to a nunnery or be put to death.

I always thought this event stood out the most to me because I cannot ever imagine being forced to marry a man when I knew that I was in love with someone else. While these events were going on, Titania and Oberon, fairies in the play, are arguing over the role an Indian boy that was given to Titania after his mother passed should play.

The events are absolutely ridiculous, like the potion to make someone fall in love with the person they see first once they awake, but all in all it has been fun to read not in Shakespearian dialect! I like movies and stories that all intertwine into each other through different characters and events. Jesse Miller September 17, 2013 at 1: In class we discussed how he wanted to allow escapism for his audience, but also to connect the English fascination with folk-lore and fairy tales with ancient Greek theater.

I noticed how he enjoyed adding some parts of the play, like the setting, outfits, and in some cases language of ancient Greek theater, but also made it so that the English audience for which he is writing was familiar with the folk-lore. In addition to my classmates, I find the language that Shakespeare uses to be vague and difficult to grasp, but when I look more deeply into the meaning and context, I can usually get a grasp on what is happening. One particularly difficult part of the play to understand was the exchange between Robin and Oberon when they were discussing Titania sleeping and the proceeding dialogue after that.

I understand what they are trying to accomplish, but I worry I am missing some things due to their Shakespearean dialogue. Taylor Cody September 17, 2013 at 1: Fairies and potions and magical flowers are all used to show the impossible-ness of the situation and to make you realize even more that this is a dream. However, I was surprised at the comedy put into the play. Alysia Martinez September 17, 2013 at 2: But from what I understand, there is a lot of conflict going on.

A huge conflict is that Hermia and Lysander are in love however Hermia is supposed to marry Demetrius. Another conflict is that Helena is head over heels for Demetrius however, a reaction to the play a midsummer nights dream could care less about her, trying to get rid of her and constantly insulting her. The conflict in this play is comical because situations went from messy to crazy worse with a flower that could have made resolution very easy.

I anticipate that situations continue to get more complicated because of the fairies before they are resolved.

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Catalina O'Connell September 17, 2013 at 3: This focus on love is obvious within the first scene, taking place in before a wedding. JP Mendoza September 17, 2013 at 3: Like most of his writing, the language he uses is difficult to read and follow. However, the two different realms used as the settings makes the story fun to read.

One thing that is unique about this play is the narration of 3 different stories at once, sort of like a Tarantino film. The whole scene is comical because both men are now chasing Helena when no one wanted to be with her in the first place.

Krista Bruton September 17, 2013 at 3: The language and word usage is elegant, yet hard to decipher. I think the idea of dreams being put into categories and having different meanings for different occurrences makes sense for this time period when dreams were thought to explain destiny or a sign. The story thus far has proved to be interesting to say the least, and I feel for Helena who is in love with Demetrius and cannot get his affections in return. I also feel for Hermia who just wants to have true love with Lysander, but cannot achieve this because she is seen as property to her father who wishes her to marry Demetrius.

I found the conversation between Hermia and Helena very intriguing.

Response to a Midsummer Night’s Dream

Hermia is explaining that the more distaste and hate she continues to show for Demetrius, the more he loves her. Helena blames herself for not being as fair, but the entire concept is really sad.

Due to the roles women were forced into during this time period, it was almost impossible for a women to just love whomever she chooses. I am eager to see what unfolds throughout the rest of the play. Abby Vasquez September 17, 2013 at 4: I enjoy reading about Helena, because she is the one left out, and her devising this plan to make Demetrius fall in love with her foreshadows the use of magic, for he is in love with another.

I think Shakespeare captured his audience with this play by presenting a real-life scenario, getting us on an equal ground, then gradually adding magic, which contributes to escapism.

If he started right off with magic, I do not feel as if the audience would be as receptive to the play. However, Shakespeare can be a bit unpredictable, so I am excited to see what actually happens. Taylor Berg September 17, 2013 at 4: The dialect of the characters was more difficult to understand in a Midsummer Nights Dream than in the other plays I had read by him.

My first impression of the play was that it was just one giant love triangle. The most interesting relationship in the story is between Hermia and Lysander. They are two very passionate and overdramatic characters.

When the fairies come into the mix in the second act, the play gets a little bit interesting. I have a new aspect on this part since in class last a reaction to the play a midsummer nights dream we talked about escapism and the dream world. The whole fantasy aspect of the place is intriguing. The play also came off to me as comedic, but it is hard to know for sure or not what Shakespeare is trying to give off.

I am excited to talk more about this play in class and get to understand exactly what is going on. Austin Meyer September 17, 2013 at 4: But, what really caught my eye was the play within a play.

It is clearly meant for comical relief and the actors are portrayed as stupid and overly confident. Especially Nick Bottom, who is later transformed into an ass face which is a metaphor for his character.

The addition of magic in the play really adds to the possibilities of drama and unfortunate circumstances. Which is the case when Puck accidentally enchants both Demetrius and Lysander with a love potion and both fall in love with Helena.

It should be interesting how the rest of the play turns out. Brady Harvey September 17, 2013 at 4: They wind up in the forest where Puck decides to give them love potion, and the couples start to fall in love with each other.

He tells the people of Athens that it was all just a dream after he had reversed the potions he gave these couples. I think this is very ironic because he tricked these people to fall in love with each other, and that can happen to anyone if they are not careful.

Morgan Chavez September 17, 2013 at 4: I have, in fact, read this particular play several times. In addition to Robin, I find interest in both Helena and Hermia. Helena happens to be a woman who is so desperately in love with Demetrius that she is willing to throw away her standards and give up self-respect to try to make him love her.

Hermia, on the other hand, is a woman who is used to having men pursue her and being able to deny whomever she pleases.

After Robin and Oberon have caused the strange mixup, Hermia is no longer pleasing to either Lysander or Demetrius and becomes confused by the seeming lack of steadfastness in love. The invisible fairies and the use of magic are enough, in and of themselves, to portray the dreamlike state of the play.

In addition to these elements, the general sense of bewilderment and the misplaced emotions also help bring the dream into full force. Hailey Bishop September 17, 2013 at 5: However, what I did understand out of the first three acts was a whirlwind of tangled love.

Throughout the beginning of this text I found myself wanting the four characters to split into couples, for each to have a partner they loved. I also found myself feeling sorry for the character Helena, as she devises a plan to make Demetrius fall in love with her. As the play continues, Oberon and Puck begin to meddle with things. At the beginning, both men are in love with Hermia. As the text progresses, both men profess their love for Helena because of the love potions.

I believe Shakespeare tangled the love of the four characters as much as possible for added comedy. Additionally, I thought the play that the craftsmen put on was rather ironic. They choose a play containing tangled love that ends in suicide. Taylor Born September 17, 2013 at 5: From what I have read so far it is an enjoyable playful farcical tale and it has a very surreal like feel to it.

I am eager to read more of this fascinating play to see where the shenanigans by the faeries lead. Katy Gonzalez September 17, 2013 at 7: I do love how Shakespeare brought some type of star cross lovers again in this play.

There is the two friends Hermia and Helena who both have to do with Demetrius. Hermia loves a poet Lysander yet cannot be with him.