A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: ten facts

Ten Facts About A Midsummer Night’s Dream:

  1. The plot is focused around two couples whose already complicated love life becomes more so when fairies become involved.
  2. Shakespeare never actually published any of his plays, and we don’t have any of his original manuscripts.
  3. The first performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” was believed to be between 1595-1596.
  4. The number of spoken words in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is around 17,200.
  5. The main characters in A Midsummer Night’s Dream are Lysander, Bottom, Hermia, Demetrius, Helena, Puck and Oberon and Titania, the fairy king and queen.
  6. A Midsummer Night’s Dream is known to be a comedy.
  7. A Midsummer Night’s Dream is set in Athens in Ancient Greece.
  8. It is believed the first script for A Midsummer Night’s Dream was printed in 1600.
  9. A Midsummer Night’s Dream does not include any historical figures, although many other Shakespearean plays do.
  10. One of the most famous Shakespeare quotes is in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This quote is: “The course of true love never did run smooth” (Act I, Scene I).

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – a tale of love and confusion

A Midsummer Night's DreamGrade 7: Do you agree with the title of this post?  Does it mean that the plot of the play is confusing, or does it simply mean that love is confusing?

Is this a theme of the play and, if so, what does it mean? Can you think of any other themes?

 

Grade 8: Do you agree with the title of this post?  Does it mean that the plot of the play is confusing, or does it simply mean that love is confusing?

Is this a theme of the play and, if so, what does it mean? Can you think of any other themes? Please provide at least one example from the play (i.e. refer to specific scenes in the play) to support your answer.

Grade 9: Do you agree with the title of this post?  Does it mean that the plot of the play is confusing, or does it simply mean that love is confusing in general?

Is this a theme of the play and, if so, what does it mean? Can you think of any other themes? Please motivate your answers by referring to specific scenes in the play, as well as providing at least one quote from the play to support your answers.