A Midsummer Night's Dream | Study Guide

William Shakespeare

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A Midsummer Night's Dream | Scene Summaries

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Timeline of Events

  • Day 1, late April

    Theseus and Hippolyta reveal their wedding will take place in four days.

    Act 1, Scene 1
  • Day 1

    Theseus insists Hermia marry Demetrius rather than Lysander, whom she loves.

    Act 1, Scene 1
  • Day 1

    Hermia and Lysander plan to run away and elope; Helena overhears.

    Act 1, Scene 1
  • Day 1

    The mechanicals plan their play.

    Act 1, Scene 2
  • Day 2, at night

    Four lovers enter the woods and are seen by Oberon.

    Act 2, Scene 1
  • Day 2, at night

    Oberon uses the magic flower nectar on Titania, and Puck mistakenly uses it on Lysander.

    Act 2, Scene 2
  • Day 2, at night

    Lysander falls in love with Helena.

    Act 2, Scene 2
  • Day 2, at night

    As the mechanicals rehearse, Puck transforms Nick Bottom's head into a donkey head.

    Act 3, Scene 1
  • Day 2, at night

    Titania wakes and falls in love with donkey-headed Nick Bottom.

    Act 3, Scene 1
  • Day 2, at night

    Seeing the confusion of the lovers, Oberon orders Puck to undo the damage.

    Act 3, Scene 2
  • Day 3

    Oberon releases the enchantments from Nick Bottom and Titania.

    Act 4, Scene 1
  • Day 3

    Theseus and Hippolyta enter the woods for May Day and find the four lovers.

    Act 4, Scene 1
  • Day 3

    Theseus gives Lysander and Hermia, and Demetrius and Helena, permission to wed.

    Act 4, Scene 1
  • Day 4

    Bottom reappears to the mechanicals and informs them their play is "preferred."

    Act 4, Scene 2
  • Day 4, in the evening

    The mechanicals perform "Pyramus and Thisbe" for the couples.

    Act 5, Scene 1
  • Day 4, at night

    The newlyweds go off to bed, and the fairies appear to bless their marriages.

    Act 5, Scene 1

Scene Summaries Chart

Scene Summary
Act 1, Scene 1 At his palace, Theseus, the duke of Athens, and Hippolyta, former queen of the Amazons, discuss preparations for their w... Read More
Act 1, Scene 2 At the home of Peter Quince, some tradesmen of Athens—Nick Bottom, Francis Flute, Robin Starveling, Tom Snout, and Snug—... Read More
Act 2, Scene 1 The next night, King Oberon's fairy servant, Puck (also called Robin Goodfellow), meets another fairy, who is a servant ... Read More
Act 2, Scene 2 Titania's fairies sing her to sleep, and then Oberon places the magic flower nectar on her eyelids. Lysander and Hermia ... Read More
Act 3, Scene 1 In the woods near the place where Titania is sleeping, the six Athenian tradesmen gather to rehearse the play-within-a-p... Read More
Act 3, Scene 2 Elsewhere in the woods, Puck gleefully tells Oberon that after he had transformed one of the "rude mechanicals" into a d... Read More
Act 4, Scene 1 As the invisible Oberon watches, Titania praises Bottom's ears, and her fairy servants scratch his head and make him com... Read More
Act 4, Scene 2 Quince, Flute, Snout, and Starveling sadly bemoan the disappearance of Bottom. They all agree that they cannot perform t... Read More
Act 5, Scene 1 Back at Theseus's palace, newlyweds Theseus and Hippolyta discuss the events reported by the four lovers. Theseus thinks... Read More
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