By William Shakespeare
From the hilarious mischief of the elf Puck to the tough humor of the self-centered backside and his fellow avid gamers, from the palace of Theseus in Athens to the magic wooden the place fairies play, Shakespeare’s awesome A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a play of appeal and an insightful portrait of the predicaments of affection.
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Therefore the winds, piping to us in vain, As in revenge have sucked up from the sea Contagious fogs which, falling in the land, Have every pelting river made so proud That they have overborne their continents. The ox hath therefore stretched his yoke in vain, The ploughman lost his sweat, and the green corn Hath rotted ere his youth attained a beard. The fold stands empty in the drownèd ﬁeld, And crows are fatted with the murrion ﬂock. The nine men’s morris is ﬁlled up with mud, And the quaint mazes in the wanton green For lack of tread are undistinguishable.
Women were not permitted on the professional stage. All female parts were acted by prepubescent boys. xxxviii shakespearean stage The Audience • London’s professional theater operated in what might be called a “red-light” district, featuring brothels, restaurants, and the kind of open-air entertainment then most popular, like bearbaiting (in which a bear, tied to a stake, was set on by dogs). • A theater audience, like most of the population of Shakespeare’s England, was largely made up of illiterates.
31 Now name the rest of the players. This is Ercles’ vein,32 a tyrant’s vein. 33 35 Quince Francis Flute, the bellows mender. Flute Here, Peter Quince. 34 Flute What is Thisbe? 35 Quince It is the lady that Pyramus must36 love. 40 Flute Nay, faith, let me not play a woman. 38 You shall play it in a mask, and you may speak as small39 as you will. Bottom An40 I may hide my face, let me play Thisbe, too. ”41 29 Phibbus’ car ϭ the chariot of Phoebus Apollo, the sun god 30 make and mar ϭ create/cause total success or total failure (“make or break”) 31 exalted, sublime 32 strain, style 33 comforting, sympathetic 34 take .
A Midsummer Night's Dream (The Annotated Shakespeare) by William Shakespeare