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A Midsummer Night's Dream

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  283,296 ratings  ·  3,920 reviews
A continuation of the major series of individual Shakespeare plays from the world renowned Royal Shakespeare Company, edited by two brilliant, younger generation Shakespearean scholars Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen

Incorporating definitive text and cutting-edge notes from William Shakespeare: Complete Works-the first authoritative, modernized edition of Shakespeare's Fir
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Paperback, 208 pages
Published August 12th 2008 by Modern Library (first published 1600)
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Madeline
A Midsummer Night's Dream, abridged.

DEMETRIUS: I love Hermia!

LYSANDER: Shut up, I love her MORE. Anyway, you already hooked up with Helena.

DEMETRIUS: Who?

HERMIA: I want to marry Lysander but I'm already engaged to Demetrius and he won't leave me alone! Two hot boys are in love with me, WHY IS MY LIFE SO HARD?

HELENA: FUCK. YOU. ALL.

TITANIA: Hey Oberon, I got a new Indian baby from one of my dead servants.

OBERON: I want that kid - hand it over, or I'll punish you with bestiality.

PUCK: Holy shi
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Steve Sckenda
May 03, 2015 Steve Sckenda rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those in Need of "Bottomless" Dreams
Recommended to Steve by: Mrs. Carter (My High School Drama Teacher)
Shakespeare makes the unreal real in this playful wedding comedy. Presenting a world of magic and metamorphosis in brilliant spectacles involving picturesque supernatural beings, he hints that this world of senses in which we live is but the surface of a vast, unseen world by which the actions of humans are overruled.

Sprinkles of fairy dust transform Nick Bottom’s head into that of an ass, but before he resumes his human form, Bottom becomes the beloved of Titania, the Queen of the Fairies, and
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Riku Sayuj

Man, being reasonable, must get drunk;

The best of life is but intoxication:

Glory, the grape, love, gold, in these are sunk

The hopes of all men and of every nation;

Without their sap, how branchless were the trunk

Of life's strange tree, so fruitful on occasion:

But to return,—Get very drunk; and when

You wake with headache, you shall see what then.


~ Lord Byron, Don Juan, Canto II, Stanza 179.


If we offend, it is with our good will.

That you should think, we come not to offend,

But with good will. To sh
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Kat Kennedy
It's still as awesome as I remember. Though, unfortunately, causes me some initial irritation with The Iron King.

Robbie Goodfellow is a wicked spirit running around having fun and pulling ridiculous pranks. He's not a serious teenage boy who is dramatic and suspenseful or mysterious or sexy.

Why do we have to turn everything into sexy these days? Why does every male character have to suddenly fit the romantic male archetype?

Why are mythological creatures becoming obsessed with teenage girls?
Ted
3 1/2 stars

I made a plan in early 2014 to read all of Shakespeare’s plays. Not in 2014, but in the rest of my days.

Naturally this plan relied on some assumptions.

First, all plays would be treated as if I’d never yet read them (which was true for most of them).

Second, I assumed that reading one play every three months would be reasonable. There are 37 plays, hence a little over nine years. I would be 78. Seems okay.


Problems

1. What order to read the plays in?

A. Best guess as to the order they wer
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Geoff
The moon methinks looks with a wat’ry eye;
And when she weeps, weeps every little flower”

(Titania)

Tomorrow night, when Phoebe doth behold
Her silver visage in the watery glass,
Decking with liquid pearl the bladed grass.


So quick bright things come to confusion
(Lysander)

Night and the ocean are the depthless things of the earth, where bright things come to confusion, become “undistinguishable, Like far-off mountains turned to clouds”. The unconscious, the sleep-world, the dream-world. Everywhere thro
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Jason
Aww, this is a cute little play.

Which is a pretty condescending thing to say about a work of Shakespeare, right? Except it’s true! A Midsummer Night’s Dream is an aDORable piece of literature with elves and fairies and potions and magic—not something I typically go for, and a definite far cry from his more serious tragedies. In this play, a woman suffers whose love for her man lies in contrast to her father’s wishes, he having already promised his daughter’s hand to another, and if she refuses t
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Emily Howard
My favorite Shakespeare. I've been in it and I see it whenever I have the chance.

I forced it on 4th, 5th, and 6th graders last year. At first they were terribly confused by Shakespearean language but ultimately, they loved it.

During Bottom's soliloquy in the play-within-a play, after a half-page of ridiculous, melodrama and general wordiness, I asked the kids what he was trying to say, and one correctly deduced, "It's night. It's night. It's night. That's a wall. It's a wall. It's a wall."

My ot
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K.D. Absolutely
May 08, 2011 K.D. Absolutely rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: Filipinos Group Read (May 2011)
Shelves: play, ws
Yey! The very first Shakespeare that I read from cover to cover! Sneer if you have to but I graduated from a low-standard high school in a small island in the Pacific. The only dramatization that we did was Leon Ma. Guerrero's My Brother Leon Brought Home a Wife. I played the lead role of Leon, the young farmer, though. In college, I took up a paramedical course in the city and we had World Lit but we only read mimeographed copies of Shakespeare sonnets. I still remember the term iambic pentamer ...more
Kelly
Jan 22, 2010 Kelly rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
My high school English teacher called this "the perfect play." He meant that in terms of it being performed. He would use it with new groups of drama students, because there was absolutely no possible way for them to screw it up. And now, close on 10 years later, I can't yet prove him wrong. I've been in this play twice (Hermia), I've seen it performed countless times by good groups of actors, mediocre ones, and one cast that was mostly pretty bad, I've seen it done in traditional Shakespearean ...more
Joe Valdez
To celebrate William Shakespeare on his birthday in April, my plan is to locate a staging of six plays. I'll listen to and watch these on my MacBook, following along to as much of the original text as is incorporated by the production. Later, I'll read the entire play in the modern English version. A good friend I've had since high school recommended this system to me and it's been a very good system for delighting the mind in Shakespeare.

First up, A Midsummer Night's Dream. Written in 1595 and
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Werner
Jun 22, 2014 Werner rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Shakespeare, and of Elizabethan comedy
Recommended to Werner by: It was a common read in one of my groups
Shelves: plays, classics
Although I'd seen a student production of this play back in my college days, I'd never read it until now. This month, it was a common read in one of my Goodreads groups; so I decided to join in, and watched it again (this time on film) as well. (I didn't read it in the above edition, but in the 1918 Yale Shakespeare set edition.)

Quite a few of my Goodreads friends have rated this play, mostly at four or five stars. My three-star rating (which is rounded up from two 1/2!) marks me as a bit of a h
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Caris
William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream: the two minute graphic novel

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Henry Avila
One of Shakespeare's most popular comic plays. Essentially a love story between two couples,in a mythical Athens that never was .Lysander loves his girlfriend Hermia(they want to marry).But her father,Egeus, does not.Threatening Hermia with death or being forced to become a nun. With the help of Theseus,the Duke of Athens,it's the law... Fathers had that right then to choose their children's mates. Egeus, prefers his daughter , marry Demetrius.Why?Never explained!Also in the plot Helena,Hermia's ...more
Jean
"The course of true love never did run smooth;" is a famous, often-quoted line - a truism throughout all ages and cultures. Where does it come from? It is spoken by a character called Lysander, in Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream, and articulates possibly the play's most important theme.

A Midsummer Night's Dream is a fanciful tale, full of poetry and beautiful imagery, such as,

"I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
Quite over-canopied with
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Jonnie
My favorite Shakespeare play! Hooray for sugar plays!

I love me a good love story, even if it is under mildly false presences. Don't care, they still fell in love! (I'm being ambiguous here for a reason). What's more, this play is funny, sweet, and doesn't end in the gruesome death of six characters after a three day lusty love affair (Romeo and Juliet I'm looking at you).

It also has faeries, and guess where they live? Fairyland. God, I love this play.

There are three interconnecting plots, all sp
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midnightfaerie
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A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare is not one of my favorite plays by far. For some reason I found it boring. Even with it's redeeming quality of having faeries in it, which I love, it was still lacking. Bottom was the best character and the most entertaining along with Puck. I won't go into the plot, a quick online search will give you a brief overview, but at a very high level, it's about a number of different romances being tampered
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Candi
This play was whimsical, fun and a bit magical, complete with fairies and all. It made me chuckle at times; I got a kick out of the fairy queen, Titania, falling head-over-heels in love with Bottom after he was transformed to a ludicrous creature with the head of an ass. The play was not hard to digest, aside from the language of course. However, I did have to pause and sort out the various love relationships after the love potions were applied, and havoc was wreaked amongst the mortals. Puck wa ...more
Matt
[[read the bi=lingual (English/German) edition so this review is bi=lingual=ish too]]
Approached this play from curious angle
Find more about the Bottom's Dream
The words by Shakespeare seem to tangle
For me at least (although they reim)
Deutsch was much better; there it's Zettel
And Zettel's Traum no1 does know
No youthful maiden and no Vettel
Not even Edgar Allan Poe.
But now I learned that bottom's name
Means Po in German (or it's ass)
And man's an ass to play this game
Expound Po(e)'s Traum and nothing
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Marnie
Seemed to like this more after studying it!
Huda Aweys
Comic play nice and classy :)
Nikolas Schwendeman
A Midsummer Night's Dream is about love and how weird it is. There are different characters in the book that show how confusing and weird love can be. All the characters in the book are tied together in some way. This book in really crazy!

In the beginning, there was Egeus who wanted Hermia, his daughter, to marry Demetrius. Hermia did not want to marry Demetrius, she wanted to marry Lysander. Another girl named Helena was obsessed with Demetrius but he didn't really love her back. Then Hermia an
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Alice Poon
I've enjoyed this play a lot. There are two things that particularly pleased me. One is the comic effect rendered by the lighthearted world of sweet fairies, in particular the bumbling but innocent blunder committed by Puck, which is the pivot of the play; and the other is the sympathetic tendency shown by the author towards the plight of women in the areas of courtship and marriage in a patriarchal society.

When Puck realizes he has made a huge mistake, he just nonchalantly blurts out: "Then fat
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Bill  Kerwin

Re-reading the play this time, I kept thinking of "The Magic Flute." Like Mozart's opera, Shakespeare's play has a silly plot composed of fanciful elements, but through the magic of absolute artistic mastery the machinery of a second-rate masque is transformed into sublime poetry, transformative myth.
Chris
A Midsummer’s Night Dream is perhaps Shakespeare’s best known and most well loved comedy. It is one of Shakespeare’s most readable plays, and most people seem to love it because of its use of language and wonder. Like in many of the other plays, a reader can see the use of doubling, for instance Theseus and Hippolyta with Oberon and Titania. Also present are Shakespeare’s low characters and the standard confusion and inversion of roles.

As much as I love Dream, and I love Dream, it always leave
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Fahad
حلم ليلة صيف

شكسبير أحد الذين تشعر وكأنك قرأت لهم، يتسلل إليك هذا الشعور المخادع من كثرة ما سمعت عنه، من كثرة ما التقيت به في الكتب والأفلام، من كثرة ما سمعت حبكة مسرحياته، ولكنه شعور مخادع، لا يمكن تبديده حتى تقرأ له حقاً وطويلاً، عندها ستعرف حجم ما يفوتك.

ترجمت مسرحيته (حلم ليلة صيف) عدة ترجمات للعربية، فهناك الترجمة التي قرأتها وهي ترجمة رحاب عكاوي، وهناك ترجمة الدكتور محمد عناني، وترجمة حسن محمود، وحسين أحمد أمين، من أراد نصيحتي فليقرأ قراءة مقارنة، ترجمة الدكتور عناني مع أي ترجمة أخرى يصل إ
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Ferdy
I thought I'd try one of Shakespeare's shorter plays since I enjoyed Macbeth and R&J at school. For some reason I was expecting A Midsummer Night's Dream to be a fun and fast read but it was actually quite slow and not really all that fun.

I had to keep checking what various words meant and constantly try and figure out what exactly was what. Once I actually understood what was being said and what was going on I did rather enjoy the story and the characters. I definitely preferred Hermia/Hel
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Alex
"Lord, what fools these mortals be!" says Puck, the ambivalent sprite, and here's a play about foolishness. Two pairs of lovers, names unimportant, fall in and out of love with each other, sometimes with Puck's help; a group of fools perform a play within the play; "So quick bright things come to confusion," and everyone marries the correct person in the end.

The amateur actor Bottom is a great invention, all bluster and self-confidence; he's completely unfazed when his head turns into a donkey'
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H ∞Δnother book Junkie∞
I'm not a fan of Shakespeare's comedies! to be blunt, they sucks.
It is hard, for me at least, to not compare His tragedies while reading. It is completely unfair, but here you have it.

I LOVE Hamlet. I Studied Shakespeare in A course called Shakespeare (shocking), and in Drama, and finally in literature criticism < super fun stuff. I also worked with the theatre club in my uni to produce The Merchant of Venice. So i reckon that i know enough by now to say what i'm about to say.

According to
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Colette
My second favorite Shakespeare book so far!
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