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Preview — Ein Sommernachtstraum / A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare
Ein Sommernachtstraum / A Midsummer Night's Dream
Wie meisterhaft sind seine Dramen aufgebaut -- Wie perfekt deutet jede Exposition das Geschehen der folgenden Akte an! Wie wundervoll die Sprache, die Bilder. Die Werke dieses genialsten aller Dichter sind einfac...more
DEMETRIUS: I love Hermia!
LYSANDER: Shut up, I love her MORE. Anyway, you already hooked up with Helena.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
1. What order to read the plays in?
A. Best guess as to the order they wer ...more
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?
And when she weeps, weeps every little flower”
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
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
First up, A Midsummer Night's Dream. Written in 1595 and ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
When Puck realizes he has made a huge mistake, he just nonchalantly blurts out: "Then fat ...more
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.
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 ...more
As much as I love Dream, and I love Dream, it always leave ...more
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 ...more
The amateur actor Bottom is a great invention, all bluster and self-confidence; he's completely unfazed when his head turns into a donkey' ...more
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 ...more
On the eve of Theseus and Hippolyta’s wedding, star-crossed lovers Hermia and Lysander run away together to escape a law forbidding them to marry. They are followed by Hermia’s thwarted suitor, Demetrius, and his ex-lover, Helena. Throw into the mix a troupe of comical actors, a vengeful Fairy King, and his mischievo ...more
So it all begins with Lysander and Hermia and their love for each other. They want to be together but Egeus, Hermia's father, doesn't want them to be. He says she must marry him or become a nun. So Hermia and Lysander fun ...more