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  • Hi, Everyone!

  • My name is Kyle, and I'm here

  • To talk about A Midsummer Night's Dream

  • One of Shakespeare's most well known,

  • and well received comedies.

  • It's a tale of love, magic, and wacky misunderstandings

  • and a bit of beastiality...

  • This play has a lot going on, which coupled with

  • Shakespeare's heightened language can be...

  • Overwhelming

  • My goal is to simplify things for you

  • So...

  • Let's get started!

  • Now, Midsummer has oodles of characters,

  • but for brevity's sake, here are the only ones

  • you really need to care about

  • First are the four young Athenian lovers

  • All full of hormones, and feelings

  • and poor life choices.

  • There's the handsome Lysander,

  • The suave Demetrius,

  • The beautiful Hermia...

  • and Helena.

  • *sigh*

  • Hermia and Lysander are madly in love,

  • but Hermia's father isn't on board,

  • as he's already arranged for her to marry Demetrius

  • who, of course, is also wildly in love with her.

  • Helena, meanwhile, is obsessively

  • in love with Demetrius

  • but, sadly, nobody loves Helena.

  • Next we have the faries

  • living in a forest outside of Athens.

  • There's the fairy queen, Titania,

  • with her many loyal servants,

  • And the fairy king, Oberon,

  • with his one obnoxious sidekick, Puck.

  • The fairy king and queen once ruled together,

  • but have recently split up after what is essentially

  • a custody dispute over a small human child.

  • and finally, we have the Mechanicals

  • a group of blue-collar workers who have formed

  • a small theatre troup set to perform a play at the

  • wedding of the future Duke and Duchess of Athens.

  • For our purposes, the only one worth mentioning

  • is Nick Bottom.

  • A weaver, and a pompous dunce

  • who plays the lead role in the troupe's production

  • but we'll get to him later.

  • Are you ready for this?

  • Because I'm not sure I am...

  • *deep inhale*

  • Hermia disregards her father's wishes

  • and runs off to elope with lysander

  • Demetrius, having lost his would be wife,

  • chases after them, and Helena

  • being her desperate self, comes along for the ride

  • and before long

  • the four naive lovers find themselves lost in the woods

  • Meanwhile, Oberon, seeking petty revenge

  • instructs puck to enchant Titania

  • with a love potion that will make her

  • fall head over heels for the first thing

  • she lays eyes on.

  • Then, feeling pity after witnessing Helena's

  • failed attempts at courtship,

  • he orders Puck to enchant Demetrius as well.

  • Here's where the fun starts.

  • First, Puck goes to pour

  • pour some love juice on Demetrius, but

  • WHOOPS!

  • Since he doesn't actually know

  • what Demetrius looks like, he accidentally

  • who forgets Hermia exists, and becomes

  • instantly smitten with Helena.

  • Then, attempting to fix Puck's mistake,

  • Oberon enchants Demetrius as well,

  • meaning that both men have now fallen in love

  • with the once loveless Helena

  • Unfortunately, this leads to an insulted Helena

  • believing that the men have joined forces to mock her,

  • a furious, and love stricken Lysander and Demetrius

  • ready to fight to the death for Helena's hand,

  • and a jealous and heart broken Hermia

  • prepared to gouge Helena's eyes out.

  • So yeah...

  • Things didn't really go according to plan.

  • On the other hand, phase two of Oberon's scheme

  • goes off without a hitch

  • when Titanis wakes up, and becomes infatuated

  • with Bottom the Weaver

  • Who, by the way...

  • Now has the head of a donkey thanks to Puck.

  • So...

  • That happens.

  • ANYWAY

  • Hijinks are had, laughs are shared

  • and Oberon runs of with the child.

  • Mission Accomplished!

  • Still, there is the problem of the Athenian lovers

  • all trying to murder each other.

  • First there's Lysander and Demetrius,

  • which Puck solves by disguising his voice

  • and drawing the two men as far away

  • from each other as possible.

  • Then, there's Helena and Hermia which Helena solves

  • by being a coward, and running away.

  • Satisfied with the results of his scheme,

  • and tired of dealing with the Athenians

  • Oberon puts everyone to sleep,

  • restores Bottom to his normal form

  • and ensures that the Athenian lovers

  • are all with their proper mates.

  • The play concludes with the wedding of

  • the two couples, along with the Duke and Duchess

  • Followed by a hilarious farcical play within a play

  • performed by the mechanicals,

  • and topped off with a wonderful speech

  • delivered to the audience by Puck...

  • *gasps for air*

  • And that about covers it.

  • Hopefully, when you go to read the play

  • and you WILL read it.

  • You'll be able to use this video to help

  • keep track of what's what.

  • Thanks for watching,

  • and let me know what other plays

  • you'd like to see abridged.

Hi, Everyone!

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A Midsummer Night's Dream: Abridged

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    姚易辰 posted on 2016/06/10
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