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“No, I assure you, the wall is down that parted their fathers”

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Act Five By Dennis Abrams —————————– Act Five:  Following the weddings of all three couples (Theseus and Hippolyta, Hermia and Lysander, Helena and Demetrius), Theseus demands entertainment which the artisans provide – to the court’s increasing … Continue reading

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“I will get Peter Quince to write a ballad of this dream:/it shall be called ‘Bottom’s Dream,’ because it hath no bottom;”

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Act Four By Dennis Abrams ——————————————- Act Four:  Oberon takes pity on Titania and decides to undo the spell. She is appalled to find Bottom in her arms, but when Puck removes Bottom’s ass-head, the fairy … Continue reading

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“What matters in the end is not whether characters ‘really’ love each other or not — since anyone after all can love anyone else — but whether their illusions interlock.” – Terry Eagleton

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Act Three, Part Two By Dennis Abrams —————- Today, we’re going to take a look at the other side of Act Three – the four lovers wandering through the woods, and the role of Puck in … Continue reading

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“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.”

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Act Two, Part Three By Dennis Abrams ————————————– From Harold Bloom: “Doubtless Shakespeare remembered that in Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene Oberon was the benevolent father of Gloriana, who in the allegory of Spenser’s great epic … Continue reading

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“But she, being mortal, of that boy did die”

A Midnight Summer’s Night Dream Act Two, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ———————————————— From Garber: “’Am not I Hermia?  Are not you Lysander?’  This is Hermia’s question in the middle of the play, act 3, scene 2, when the play’s … Continue reading

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“I’ll put a girdle round about the earth/In forty minutes.”

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Act Two, Part One By Dennis Abrams ————————– Act Two:  In the woods, Oberon and Titania bicker over a boy in Titania’s service, whom Oberon wants as an attendant.  When Titania refuses, Oberon plots revenge, sending … Continue reading

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“It is his first undoubted masterpiece, without flaw, and one of his dozen of so plays of overwhelming originality and power.”

An Introduction to A Midsummer Night’s Dream By Dennis Abrams ———————— In his diary entry for September 26, 1662, Michaelmas Day, Samuel Pepys noted, I sent for some dinner and there dined, Mrs. Margaret Pen being by, to whom I … Continue reading

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