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a-midsummer-nights-dream-william-shakespeareSources: Bardweb,, IMDb, Introduction to A MidsummerNights Dream by Harold Bloom, Introduction to Shakespeares Comedy ofA Midsummer-Nights Dream by Katharine Lee Bates, Shakespeare Online, Universe Today Copyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.EnchantsLovesMarriedLoves under spellLysander, Act I, Scene IThe course of true love never did run smooth.A Midsummer Nights Dreamby the NumbersDays before the new moon that A Midsummer Nights Dream takes placeTimes the word dream or dreams appears in the text of A Midsummer Nights Dream Year British astronomer William Herschel discovered Uranus's two largest moons, later named Titania and OberonYear the Academy Awardwinning film A Midsummer Night's Dream, starring James Cagney as Bottom, was released 19354161787The feast day of St. Johnthe Baptist is celebratedin England every June 24 (Midsummer Day). Some people believed fairies held their own festivity that night. English playwright William Shakespeare wrote the comedy A MidsummerNights Dream about what chaos might occur if fairies and humans mixed on midsummer eve.WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE15641616AuthorMain CharactersPuckMischievous fairy; sows chaos through enchantmentBottomOblivious weaver; overconfident actorHelenaYoung woman in lovewith DemetriusHermiaSmall, self-consciousyoung woman; object oftwo mens affectionsLysanderIn love with Hermia;victim of magicTitaniaStubborn queenof the fairiesDemetriusStubborn young man Hermia must marry under the lawOberonDisgruntled kingof the fairiesThemesOrder vs. DisorderAthenian laws demand obedience and cause tragedy, but in the woods, disorder delivers an unexpected blessing. Love as a Magical ForceMagic causes mayhem in the forest while bringing to light the power of love and attraction.PatriarchySocial order puts men incharge and is disrupted when women take the reins.Set in ancient Athens, A Midsummer Nights Dream follows four young lovers and six rough tradesmen into the wild woods, where they become embroiled in a quarrel between the king and queen of the fairies. In the fairy realm, a flower nectar love potion rearranges romantic partners, causing confusion throughout the dreamlike night.A MostFair VisionSYMBOLSWoodsSymbolize untamed nature and unpredictable fairy magic MoonAs a powerful force, stands for love, dreams, and chaos FlowersRepresent both nature and loves magic by causing people to fall in and out of love