Plot Structure for A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Setting: Athens, Greece Exposition
Theseus and Hippolyta prepare for their wedding Exposition
Hermia and Lysander are in love Exposition
Demetrius loves Hermia Exposition
No one loves Helena Exposition
Egeus wants Hermia to marry Demetrius Rising Action
Theseus gives Hermia three choices: become a nun, die, marry Demetrius Rising Action
Hermia and Lysander run away Rising Action
Helena tells Demetrius of Hermia and Lysander’s plan Rising Action
Demetrius follows Hermia and Lysander into the forest Rising Action
Helena follows Demetrius and they argue Rising Action
Titania and Oberon fight over the Indian boy Rising Action
Oberon orders Puck to find the “love-in-idleness” flower Rising Action
Oberon decides to put the potion on Titania and Demetrius Rising Action
The mechanicals rehearse their play Rising Action
Puck turns Bottoms head into a donkey’s head Rising Action
Puck puts the potion on Lysander accidentally Rising Action
Lysander falls in love with Helena Rising Action
Oberon puts the potion on Titania Rising Action
Titania falls in love with donkey-headed Bottom Rising Action
Puck puts the potion on Demetrius Rising Action
Both Lysander and Demetrius love Helena Climax
Hermia dnd Helena argue Climax
Lysander and Demetrius decide to duel for Helena’s love Climax
Puck fixes his mistakes by putting the antidote on Lysander’s eyes so everything will be back to normal Falling Action
Oberon takes the Indian boy from Titania and takes the potion off of her eyes Falling Action
Puck turns Bottom’s head back to normal Falling Action
Theseus finds the teenagers and allows them to get married Falling Action
All three couples are married and request to see Pyramus and Thisbe Falling Action
The mechanicals worry about Bottom because he is missing Falling Action
Bottom returns and they perform the play Falling Action
Oberon, Titania, and their fairies bless the castle and the lovers Resolution
Puck addresses the audience and apologizes. He states that if the play offended anyone, that are to remember it all as a dream. Resolution

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