A Midsummer Night’s Dream Themes and Symbols

What is the difference between Athens and the Woods or what happens in each? What do each represent? -Athens contains mainly humans while the Woods contains mostly fairies -Athens represents a modest, traditional world with rules and regulations but the Woods is represents more of a free, magic world
What is the difference between day and night or what happens in each? What do each represent? -Day= Athens is calm-Night= The Woods is full of drama and chaos
List examples of where we see Order -Theseus and Hippolyta never fighting; in order-Athens
List examples of where we see Disorder -Oberon and Titania fighting caused massive disorder -potion making the lovers love wrong people-fog -Mens love for the Women
List examples of where we see Love’s irrationality -Titania and Bottom(magic)-Lysander and Helena(magic)-Helena’s love for Demetrius (natural)-Demetrius’ love for Hermia (natural, not returned)
List examples of where we see Love’s difficulty -Hermia and Lysander -Helena and Demetrius -Titania and Oberon (chaos)
Dreams The lovers think their night was a dream(real)Bottom dreamed he was a donkey(real)Titania thought she loved a donkey(real)Hermia dreams that a snake ate her heart an lysander didn’t help her(dream)
What does Theseus believe about dreams? He thinks they’re not real and believes they are imaginations
Magic -Potions-Fog-Robin can change forms and mimic voices
What are Theseus and Hippolyta symbolic for? rules
What is The Love Potion symbolic for? -supernatural
What are The Mechanicals Play symbolic for? A play within a play; entertainment; comedy
How do Helena and Hermia contrast each other? -Helena- is blonde/irrational/insecure-Hermia-dark/short/small/rational/secure
How do Puck and Bottom contrast each other? -Puck is humorous knowing it vs Bottom is humorous without knowing-Puck is intelligent -Bottom isn’t intelligent
How do Titania and Bottom contrast each other? -Titania is a beautiful fairy Queen, Bottom is grotesque
How do Fairies, craftsmen and lovers contrast each other? -Socio-economic status
How do Marriage of Theseus and Hippolyta vs. Oberon and Titania contrast each other? -Theseus and Hippolyta- rules and order -Oberon and Titania- chaos and disorder
When the audience knows something the characters dont Dramatic Irony
Hints that suggest what’s to come Foreshadowing
Comparing without using like or as Metaphor
Giving human characteristics to nonhuman things Personification
Comparison of two things using like or as Simile
Repetition of consonant sounds Alliteration
the Duke of Athens and engaged to Hippolyta Theseus
Engaged to the Duke; Queen of the Amazon Hippolyta
Father of Hermia who wants her to marry Demetrius Egeus
In love with Hermia and runs away with her Lysander
In love with Lysander and best friends with Helena Hermia
Supposed to marry Hermia, but later loves Helena Demetrius
Best friends with Hermia, and loves Demetrius Helena
Group of players who comically remake the play ‘Pyramus and Thisbe’ Mechanicals
Ambitious, not so intelligent actor part of the mechanicals Nick Bottom
The play director of the Mechanicals Peter Quince
The fairy queen married to Oberon Titania
Fairy King married to Titania Oberon
A humorous servant to Oberon Puck
Live in the woods under Titania and Oberon’s power Fairies
the state of being annoyed, frustrated, or worried Vexation
pretend to be affected by Feigning
capture the fascinated attention of Enthralled
showing, feeling, or relating to desire Amorous
showing contempt or lack of respect Disdainful
be filled with a feeling of love for Enamored
rid (someone) of an unwanted feeling, memory, or condition, typically giving a sense of cathartic release Purge
divide by cutting or slicing, especially suddenly and forcibly Sever
plan or invent (a complex procedure, system, or mechanism) by careful thought Devise
deliberately created rather than arising naturally or spontaneously Contrived
failure to take proper care in doing something Negligence
dislike intensely Detest
present and explain (a theory or idea) systematically and in detail Expound
think out or plan (an action, especially a crime) beforehand Premeditated
showing a willingness to take surprisingly bold risks Audacious

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