A Midsummer Night's Dream


Aren't midsummer night dreams the worst? You wake up all sweaty and gross, and for a minute there, you can't even remember where you are. And also, your upper half is a donkey? Yep, that's what happens in Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream

AuthorShakespeare - William Shakespeare
British Literature17th-Century British Literature
FormPlay
LanguageEnglish Language
LiteratureBritish Literature
Shakespeare
ThemesArt and Culture
Foolishness and Folly
Friendship
Gender
Love
Man and the Natural World
The Supernatural
Versions of Reality

Transcript

00:28

Someone must be to blame for all this trouble, right? Let's take a good look at the suspects.

00:33

First on the scene is Duke Theseus. He just pillaged a foreign country and kidnapped a

00:38

hot girl to marry.

00:39

Way to rule a kingdom, buddy. Next possible perpetrator? Egeus.

00:44

He's an angry dad who likes things the way they’ve always been and doesn’t like people

00:48

marrying who they want to marry. Namely… his daughter Hermia.

00:52

But instead of his usual routine of calling into Dr. Laura’s radio show, he decides

00:53

to ask the duke to kill his daughter for punishment.

00:56

The duke, feeling that her father’s reaction is a bit extreme, offers Hermia the alternative

01:02

of becoming a nun for the rest of her life.

01:04

Are we surprised his daughter runs away? Not convinced it's either of those guys? Well,

01:10

how about the lovers?

01:11

Sure, they look innocent, but these hooligans break the law in the name of love, and can’t

01:16

even decide who they’re in love with!

01:19

Exhibit A is a chart of their love. “Hermia loves Lysander but not Demetrius,

01:25

who loves Hermia.

01:26

Helena loves Detemtrius who doesn’t love her. Then he does… so does Lysander, which

01:32

makes Hermia furious with Helena.

01:35

Finally Hermia gets with Lysander and Helena with Demetrius and everyone’s in love.”

01:42

Could the trouble have been caused by these criminals who were hitting the love potion

01:45

a little too hard? Our fourth suspect is the fairy king Oberon.

01:49

He really wants to fight his ex-lover Titania for an Indian child they somehow acquired.

01:56

He’s so jealous that he makes her fall in love with a donkey. And he uses his minion

02:01

Puck to make the lovers fall in love with the wrong people. For fun.

02:05

Sounds like someone’s not comfortable with their masculinity.

02:06

We’re still wondering why nobody is concerned that he kidnapped a little kid? Could he be

02:07

the one to blame? Last on the list is Puck: professional trickster.

02:12

When the mob rejected his application, he went to work for Oberon.

02:16

Unfortunately, he’s not very good at following directions. Or shaving his legs.

02:21

Could he be the culprit… sneaking love potions into unsuspecting lovers and turning men into

02:26

donkeys? There are a lot of choices, but it’s hard

02:30

to nail this mess on just one criminal…