A Midsummer Night’s Dream

“Stir up the Athenian youth to merriments… Turn melancholy forth to funerals.” Said by Theseus to Philostrate concerning his wedding and what needs to be done before hand.
“Turned her obedience (which is due to me) to stubborn harshness. As she is mine, I may dispose of her. Said by Egeus to Theseus concerning Hermia and Lysander. It is also about Hermia and her disobedience toward her father. Also if she does not marry Demetrius he will kill her.
“To whom you are but as a form in wax.” Said by Theseus to Hermia. He states that she is her father’s property and that she must obey him. He is also discussing the rank of women in society.
“Than that which, withering on the virgin thorn, grows, lives, and dies in single blessedness.” Theseus said this to Hermia. He is giving her two options. Addresses the authority of women in society. Theme: nature of love
“Upon that day either prepare to die for disobedience to your father’s will, or else to wed Demetrius, as he would, or on Diana’s altar to protest.” Theseus said this to Hermia. He says to comply with her father and marry Demetrius or she will die on the day of his wedding.
“My love is more than his; my fortunes every way as fairly ranked as Demetrius'” Lysander said this to Theseus. He is trying to explain his love for Hermia the Theseus. He is also trying to show Theseus that he is just a great a man as Demetrius.
“The course of true love never did run smooth.” Lysander to Hermia. He is explaining to her that true love never works out the way that the people want it to so they should go and elope. Theme: nature of love
“I frown upon him, yet he loves me still.” Hermia to Helena. Hermia is explaining to her that whatever she does Demetrius still will not leave her alone.
“O, then, what graves in my love do dwellThat he hath turned a heaven unto a hell.” Example of a couplet
“And good luck grant thee thy Demetrius.” Hermia to Helena. Hermia is explaining to Helena that she can have Demetrius because her and Lysander are going to run off together.
“Love looks not with the eyes but with the mind; and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.” Helena to herself. Explains that love is not about what people look like that bring them together but the thoughts that are brought to you when you think of that person. She also explains that Cupid must be blind because he cannot read their mind only see their beauty.
“I love thee not; therefore pursue me not.” Demetrius to Helena. She is telling her that he does not and will not ever love her. He is basically telling her to move on with her life.
“Use me but as your spaniel: spurn me, strike me, neglect me, lose me; only give me leave unworthy as I am to follow you. What worser place can I beg in your love and vet a place of high respect with me Than to be used as you use your dog?” Helena said to Demetrius. She is trying to tell him that he can treat her whatever way that he likes just as long as he will let her love him. This is showing the theme of gender roles and power in relationships.
“You do impeach your modesty too much to leave the city and commit yourself into the hands of one that loves you not… With the rich worth of your virginity.” Demetrius said to Helena. He is saying that she is an idiot if she thinks that just by following him that he will in turn love her. He continues the conversation by saying that if she in fact does continue to follow him that he will rape her.
“But I shall do thee mischief in the wood.” Demetrius to Helena. States that if she continues to follow him; he will physically hurt her.
“You do me mischief. Fie, Demetrius! Your wrongs do set a scandal on my sex. We cannot fight for love as men may do. We should be wooed and were not made to woo.” Helena to Demetrius. Theme: gender roles and power in relationships. This shows that women were made for men to woo them and not for the women to do the wooing.
“Not Hermia, but Helena I love. Who will not change a rave for a dove? The will of man is by his reason swayed, and reason says you are the worthier maid.” Lysander to Helena. This is right after Puck put the potion on the wrong person’s eyes
“Then I well perceive you are not nigh. Either death or you I’ll find immediately.” Hermia to herself. Talking about Lysander and her plan to go find him even if it kills her.
“odious” and “Ninny’s Tomb” malapropism because this character means to say odors. Other one means to say Ninus’ tomb
“You see an ass-head of your own, do you? This is an example of a pun.
“And yet, to say the truth, reason and love keep little company together nowadays.” Bottom to Titania. This is said because it has to do with the play. Theme: nature of love
” We, Hermia, like two artificial gods, have with our needles created both one flower, both on one sampler, sitting on one cushion, both warbling of one song, both in one key, as if our hands, our sides, voices, and minds had been incorporate. So we grew together like to a double cherry, seeming parted..” Helena to Hermia. Symbolizes their growing up together and their likeness, but then they grow apart. This is them being two different people however they are joined at the stem and are inseparable.
“Cupid is a knavish lad thus to make poor females mad.” Puck to himself. Deals with the love and effects that it has on women. Theme: the nature of love
“Jack shall have Jill:naught shall go ill; the man shall have his mare again, and all shall be well.” Puck for the Lysander spell. Contributes to the spell of Lysander on his eyes. Theme: appearance vs. reality; nature of love
“the object and the pleasure of mine eye is only Helena. But like a sickness did I loathe this food but, as in health, come to my natural taste, now I do wish it, love it, long for it, and will forevermore be true to it. Demetrius to Theseus. Explains that he is no longer in love with Hermia and will forevermore be in love with Helena. Theme: nature of love
“Egeus, I will overbear your will… These couples shall eternally be knit.” Theseus to Egeus. He tells him that everything seems to have resolved itself and that they will be married all together. Theme: nature of love
“Stolen hence and left me asleep! I have had a most rare vision. I have had a dream past the wit of man to say what dream it was. Man is but an ass if he go about to expound this dream.” Bottom to cast members. He is addressing the cast in recognition to his dream. Theme: appearance vs. reality
“A tedious brief scene of you Pyramus and his love Thisbe,, very tragical mirth.” this is an example of an oxymoron
Major Themes -Appearance vs. Reality-The Nature of Love-Power in Relationships-Role in Marriage (man vs. female)
“Lovers and madmen have such seething brains, such shaping fantasies, that apprehend more than cool reason ever comprehends. The lunatic, the love, and the poet. Are of imagination all compact. One sees more devils than vast hell can hold; that is the madman. The lover, all as frantic, sees Helena’s beauty in a brow of Egypt. The poet’s eye, in a fine frenzy rolling, doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven, and as imagination bodies forth the forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing a local habitation and a name.” Poets-manipulate everything-create something out of nothing (act of creations) Lunatics-sees “devils-Mentally unbalancedLovers -See beauty in ugliness Theseus’ Thesis-Perceive things that aren’t real-manipulates surroundings-create their own realitylove makes people insane (no logic)
“Since lion vile hath here deflowered my dear..” this is an example malapropism.
Puck’s message at the end this is an example of an monologue
Blank verse line of iambi pentameter
couplets two lines of verse that rhyme
prose a literary medium distinguished from poetry especially by its greater irregularity and variety of rhythm and its; closer correspondence to the patterns of everyday speech.
Imagery the use of words of figures of speech to create a mental picture
dramatic irony a device, which allows an audience or a reader to know something that a character is not aware of. example: when Helena tells the audience that she is going to tell Demetrius about Hermia and Lysander running off.
Aside words spoken to the audience in secret with other characters on stage. Asides often real a character’s true feelings about others on stage.
Soliloquy a speech delivered by a character who is alone on stage; reveals the speaker’s thoughts and feelings. A soliloquy often is or feels spoken directly to the audience.
Monologue an extended, uninterrupted speech by one character int eh company of others. A monologue is directed towards those other characters.
Tone the author’s attitude toward what he or she writes
metaphor a direct comparison between 2 things unlike objects with the intent of giving added meaning to one of them.
Farce a form of humor based on exaggerated, improbable and emotions, as well as slapstick comedy and extravagant dialogue.
Comedy -celebrates life-audience ridicules characters on stage-hero brought back in to society-main character just like everyone else -struggle determined by chance-Norms of society are necessary and validated -happy endings!! marriage and celebration
Malapropism the incorrect use of a word by substituting a similar-sounding word with different meaning. usually with comic effect.
Pun a play on words in which one word can be taken to have two different meanings.
Iambic Pentameter lines in which 10 syllables are spoken in 5 “feet”. Each foot has an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable.
rhymed verse lines with end rhyme and regular meter
Simile a figure of speech that expresses a resemblance between things of different kings (usually formed with “like” or “as”)