How chance the roses there do fade so fast? Her dotage now I do begin to pity: For, meeting her of late behind the wood, Seeking sweet favours from this hateful fool, I did upbraid her and fall out with her; For she his hairy temples then had rounded With a coronet of fresh and fragrant flowers; And that same dew, which sometime on the buds Was wont to swell like round and orient pearls, Stood now within the pretty flowerets' eyes Like tears that did their own disgrace bewail. As always in Shakespeare note Juliet , this is not a viable option for a young woman who is beautiful. One actor filling both roles also explains some of the jumbled dialogue in this scene, as it was probably the result of confusion over the role the actor was playing at the time. Bottom also feels obliged to tell the audience that he is not really going to die, but will only pretend to do so. That evening, Helena and Demetrius wander into the woods. He then brings the two women to same area and puts them to sleep as well.
Bottom wakes up as the young lovers exit and speaks of the strange dream he had. More detail: 3 minute read Act I As Duke Theseus prepares for his marriage to Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, he is interrupted by a courtier, Egeus. Through Athens I am thought as fair as she. In the end, Hermia gets her way and Egeus has to go along with it; Theseus and the others happily accept the resolution, and Demetrius is no longer interested in his daughter. Puck arrives and starts to sweep the house clean.
Theseus - The kinder we, to give them thanks for nothing. Some of these images show actors in character, while others show the plays as if they were real-life events—telling the difference isn't always easy. Puck eventually distracts the two men from their pursuit of Helena by impersonating their voices, and they get lost in the woods. Why is your cheek so pale? The group decides to practice the play in the wood. When Hermia asks Theseus what will happen if she refuses to marry Demetrius, he replies that she can either become a nun or be executed. A selection of images related to Dream is shown below, with links to our digital image collection.
However, Egeus remains a difficult character, and the story ends happily only due to intervention by the fairies. Demetrius is a worthy gentleman. O, teach me how you look, and with what art 195 You sway the motion of Demetrius' heart! Give me your hands, if we be friends, And Robin shall restore amends. This change in staging would reveal an alteration from Shakespeare's original text. When she wakes up and realizes Lysander is gone, she heads off into the woods in search of him, clueless that her boyfriend has fallen in love with her friend Helena. Helena is desperately in love with Demetrius, who seems to have abandoned her in favour of Hermia.
In other words, Lysander is supposedly a horrible person for making Hermia fall in love with him. This play within a play is therefore used by Shakespeare to make a subtle point about theater, namely the fact that it is only acting. However, we never really understand his motive. Even though she has this rational perception of love, she still loses confidence after Demetrius's rejection and becomes cynical when she is the subject of both men's desire later in the play. He wakes them up and wonders what could've brought them all together.
He offers her one of two options: she must either die or accept a celibate life as a nun in Diana's temple. Demetrius and Lysander bicker over who should get to marry the lovely Hermia. And now I have the boy, I will undo This hateful imperfection of her eyes: And, gentle Puck, take this transformed scalp From off the head of this Athenian swain; That, he awaking when the other do, May all to Athens back again repair And think no more of this night's accidents But as the fierce vexation of a dream. The buffoons, in the form of the artisans, add an undercurrent of comedy which at first masks the very real events unfolding on the stage. Egeus is upset that his daughter will not comply with his wishes, so he takes her before Theseus, Duke of Athens.
But speak, Egeus; is not this the day That Hermia should give answer of her choice? I know a bank where the wild thyme blows, Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows, Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine, With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine: There sleeps Titania sometime of the night, Lull'd in these flowers with dances and delight; And there the snake throws her enamell'd skin, Weed wide enough to wrap a fairy in: And with the juice of this I'll streak her eyes, And make her full of hateful fantasies. His claims here provide insight into the morality of these characters in that while they may value romantic love, consistent affection is seen as more desirable. Initially, she is in a quarrel with her husband Oberon as she does not wish to give the Indian born boy to him, but later she gives him at last. Lysander sees Hermia and falls in love with her once again. His proposal to bring the full force of the law on his daughter—the penalty of death for disobeying his orders—demonstrates this. A Midsummer Night's Dream Summary Four Athenians run away to the forest only to have Puck the fairy make both of the boys fall in love with the same girl. Theseus - More strange than true: I never may believe These antique fables, nor these fairy toys.
He goes so far as to say that if she disobeys, he as a father has a right to kill her, or to force her into a as a nun for life. This fellow doth not stand upon points. The young lovers assure Helena that she has nothing to worry about because they're planning to elope, which means that Demetrius will be single and ready to mingle. Egeus - Full of vexation come I, with complaint Against my child, my daughter Hermia. This man, with lime and rough-cast, doth present Wall, that vile Wall which did these lovers sunder; And through Wall's chink, poor souls, they are content To whisper. In the royal palace of Athens, Duke Theseus enters with the Amazon Queen Hippolyta, his fiancé, and Philostrate, his master of revels.