A Midsummer Night's Dream - William Shakespeare
A Midsummer Night's Dream Analysis
Born in 1564, William Shakespeare is arguably considered one of the greatest writers in the world. Shakespeare has produced a wide variety of works and owns more than a hundred works. Although the British writer, who has made great contributions to English, has earned the respect of people during his lifetime, he is a master who gained respect and love after his death. Almost all of his works are adapted to theater, cinema and opera, and his work titled “A Midsummer Night's Dream”.
A Midsummer Night's Dream is a romantic comedy genre. While the first playing year of the work is accepted as 1590 years, the first printing year is known as 1600. All events take place during the marriage of the Duke of Athens, Theseus and the queen of the Amazons, Hippolyta.
A Midsummer Night's Dream Short Summary
Theseus, Hippolyta and Egeus, an assistant of Theseus, are talking about wedding preparations. Meanwhile, Egeus' daughter Hermia and Hermia's lover Lysander enter the hall. Hermia tells her father that she wants to marry Lysander, but her father wants to marry her daughter with Demetrius. Hermia, who does not like Demetrius, is against it and does not want to get married. Hearing this, Duke Theseus says that the punishment to oppose his father's decision will be death and that it must be thoroughly considered. When everyone leaves the hall, Hermia and Lysander stay alone and express their sadness. But Lysander has one idea in all of this: running away. Hermia; she sees that he has nothing else to do, she accepts Lysander's offer to escape and they agree to meet in the evening in the grove. As they leave the hall together, they run into Helena. Helena; She is a lover of Demetrius whom Egeus wants to marry Hermia and she is also a very close friend of Hermia. Hermia; Since she knows that Helena loves Demetrius, she says that she will not marry Demetrius, she will run away with Lysander, she should not be upset. Hearing this, Helena rejoices and notifies Demetrius to win him over. That evening, Hermia and Lysander fled. Demetrius follows them, and Helena follows Demetrius. Demetrius reaches the woods, but when he can't see anyone, he gets angry at Helena, thinking she was lying to him. Helena can no longer bear all this and declares her love for Demetrius, but Demetrius violently rejects her, saying that he does not love her.
Meanwhile, Oberon, the fairies king, and Titania, the queen of fairies, discuss. The reasons for the discussion; The fact that Titania did not want to give Oberon the child which they adopted later. Meanwhile, Oberon saw the discussions of Helena and Demetrius, and he felt pity for Helena. Therefore, he asked his assistant, Puck, to prepare such a potion. If the elixir is put in his eye while he is asleep, he will fall in love with the first person he sees when he wakes up. Of course, at the same time, Puck must find Demetrius asleep, and when he wakes up, Helena must be the first person he will see. That night, Puck goes to the mission, but instead puts the potion in the eyes of Lysander, who fled with Hermia instead of Demetrius. As if that wasn't enough, Lysander wakes up and sees Helena first and falls in love with her. Knowing the opportunity that Hermia has not yet woken up, he pursues Helena. Although he tells Helena that he is in love with her, Helena thinks he is joking and does not believe in Lysander. Receiving the news, Oberon asks him to drop it to Demetrius’ eyes to correct the situation. When Demetrius wakes up, he sees Helena and falls in love with her. When he tells his feelings to Helena, Helena thinks that she was getting mocked again, and although she wanted to believe one side, there was doubt. Oberon asks the same potion to be dropped on his wife, Titania. His purpose is to take the child. But when Titania wakes up, she falls in love with one of the group members who has done her last rehearsals in the woods for the wedding ceremony of the Duke of Athens. Oberon, who takes the child back, realizes that he is mixing things up enough and turns Titania back and asks for help. Titania finds the solution by imprisoning everyone who witnessed this, a deep sleep and making them perceive that all the experiences are dreams when they wake up. Which does this without error. When the witnesses wake up, they all think they are dreaming and decide to return to Athens. Egeus, who allows the lovers to reunite, accepts the marriage of Hermia and Lysander with Theseus and Hippolyta. Together, they watch the theater show prepared for the wedding and the book ends in this way.