By William Shakespeare
From the hilarious mischief of the elf Puck to the tough humor of the self-centered backside and his fellow gamers, from the palace of Theseus in Athens to the magic wooden the place fairies play, Shakespeare’s really good A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a play of appeal and an insightful portrait of the predicaments of affection.
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Extra resources for A Midsummer Night's Dream (The Annotated Shakespeare)
Hermia Belike145 for want of rain, which I could well 129 scolding 130 provide/furnish with the means 131 moods, inclinations 132 gives, delivers 133 mitigate, lessen 134 (an expression of encouragement, unrelated to the usual meanings of “come”) 135 what cheer ϭ how are you, how do you feel 136 go along ϭ come with/follow me 137 make use of 138 BIziNESS 139 with regard to* 140 nearly that ϭ that particularly/especially 141 submission, respect* 142 pleasure, satisfaction 143 how now ϭ how do you do, how are you (conventional polite greeting) 144 does it happen, come about 145 probably, possibly, perhaps* 11 130 act 1 • scene 1 Beteem146 them from the tempest147 of my eyes.
Theseus In himself he is. 61 wanting62 your father’s voice,63 But in this kind, The other64 must be held65 the worthier. Hermia I would66 my father looked but67 with my eyes. Theseus Rather your eyes must with his judgment look. Hermia I do entreat your Grace to pardon68 me. I know not by what power69 I am made bold,70 Nor how it may concern71 my modesty72 In such a presence73 here to plead my thoughts. But I beseech your Grace that I may know The worst that may befall74 me in this case, If I refuse to wed Demetrius.
Dream is written, like much of Shakespeare’s work,in both prose and verse,and it places heavy reliance on both characterization and narrative and dramatic structure. But all analytical categorizations are in a sense artiﬁcial devices, employed to clarify complex entities not readily amenable to analysis. In the end, we must remind ourselves that separation of any living entity into its component parts is precisely like dissection—and the dissecting knife either kills what is already dead, or is not picked up until death has taken place.