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A Midsummer Night's Dream

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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 1595)
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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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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?
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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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
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
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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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
Caris
William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream: the two minute graphic novel

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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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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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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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Huda Aweys
Comic play nice and classy :)
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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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.
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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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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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Melissa
Is it bad to compare Shakespeare to Wodehouse, because that is who I think actually wrote this. I actually laughed out loud towards the end, which I would not have expected. After I finished, I had to go run & read Neil Gaiman's take on this play from Dream Country, which was just as superb as I remembered it. So I guess the moral is that reading Shakespeare makes you realise how Neil Gaiman is a genius.
David
It's Midsummer! The world is crazy! Hermia loves Lysander, Demterius loves Hermia, Helena loves Demetrius, and no one loves Helena! *sudden FAERIE MAGIC* Lysander and Demetrius love Helena! Helena thinks they're mocking her and flees them both, no one loves Hermia! *more Pucking around* All is right, relatively... there are some weddings, in any case. Again we see Shakespeare aligning flowers with madness (cue Ophelia's floral coronet, Lear's flower crown, now Oberon's pansy potion). All the wor ...more
James
To do justice to Shakespeare and his art is impossible. He is the greatest of all writers in the English language without doubt, and many posit him as the greatest writer of all time, and I am not going to argue with that pronouncement. Despite the fact that Hamlet is my favorite play, I have never tried to review Shakespeare on this website before this moment, too intimidating a figure has he been to approach. Really, there's not much for me to say about the Bard that hasn't already been said b ...more
Melissa Rudder
My second reading of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream was much more fruitful than my first. The play helped me realize, to a greater extent, Shakespeare’s genius and his works’ complexity.

The way Shakespeare frames the reality of those characters in love is very true and entertaining. In the final act, Theseus asserts that “The lunatic, the lover, and the poet / Are of imagination all compact.” Throughout the play, Shakespeare equates those in love to the insane, to those in a dre
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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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Jess
If we shadows have offended, think but this and all is mended
That we have but slumbered here while these visions did appear
And this weak and idle theme, no more yielding but a dream
Gentles, do not reprehend; if you pardon, we will mend
And as I am an honest Puck, if we have unearned luck
Now to 'scape the serpent's tongue, we shall make amends 'ere long
Else the Puck a liar call
And so goodnight unto you all
Give me your hands if we be friends
And Robin shall restore amends.

I don't even know where to
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Tracey
This is my first ever read from William Shakespeare and I found it a little hard to read to begin with. As I allowed myself to be taken along with the 'story', the elegant words became easier to decipher maybe because I saw it as poetry which for the most part it is.
I loved the magical wood and the faeries Oberon, the King and demanding of everyone, his jealous wanting of Queen Titania,s Indian boy who he wants for his own and wreaks his havoc via Puck because of this.
The love potion used on the
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Jonathan
I so very much wanted to give this play a four star rating. But I guess I'll have to settle lower due to the weird nature of the plot. It certainly made me wonder what medications Shakespeare was on when he wrote the stage directions. (view spoiler)

However what did save this text from being totally weird and unreadable is t
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๑ஜ๑ Jαѕмιиє ๑ஜ๑
Ok, so in year 7, I was supposed to learn about Shakespeare, and read a few of his plays.
I'm homeschooled, so my mum was teaching me. She was teaching me about Shakespeare, and I was in lala land the whole time. You know what I remember from her lessons? His name is William Shakespeare, there are many ways to spell his name, Shakespeare himself spelled his name multiple ways, and.. He's dead. That's it.

My mum hated Shakespeare, so she said I didn't have to read his plays. So I didn't. And had ze
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Kwoomac
A Midsummer Night's Dream is a light romp through the faery woods. It's a story filled with humor and imagination. It was a lot of fun to read. I loved the play within a play and had a soft spot for the bumbling actors. Pure silliness. My only discomfort came from Helena, that girl needs a major smack upside the head dose of self-esteem. Demetrius has told her he does not, cannot love her. Her response is, "And even for that do I love you the more. I am your spaniel; and Demetrius, the more yo ...more
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William Shakespeare (baptised 26 April 1564) was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon" (or simply "The Bard"). His surviving works consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been tr ...more
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