Midsummer nights DREAM quotes

“As she is mine, I may dispose of her, which shall be either to this gentleman or to her desk, according to our law.” Egeus is talking to Theseus about his problem with Hermia’s love choices.Egeus is in charge of Hermia because he is a man – laws say men are in charge of women this is important because Egeus is in control and it leads to Hermia and Lysander running away to get married
“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, and therefore is wing’d Cupid painted blind” Helena is the speaker she is alone after Lysander and Hermia leave. This shows love is based on feelings and not what you see – love is random. It is important because love isn’t always based on a reason and love is not fair
“the course of true love never did run smooth” The speaker is Lysander. Lysander and Hermia are talking after everyone else has left Thesius’ palace. The meaning is that true love doesn’t come easily there are always obstacles. It is important because characters have love problems about who to be with. It foreshadows future love problems in the play
“Hippolyta, I wooed thee with my sword, And won thy love doing thee injuries. The speaker is Thesius. Thesius and Hypolita are talking about their upcoming wedding. He tells her that he won her love by fighting her in a war it is important because it shows Hippolyta’s strength and power and how Theseus fell in love with her
I am your spaniel, and Demetrious the more you beat me , I will fawn on you. Use me but as your spaniel spurn me, strike me, neglect me, lose me The speaker is Helena. Helena is following Demetrious in the forest. Helena still loves Demetrious even though he abuses her. It is important because it shows Helena will not give up on love and Demetrius.
The king doth keep his revels here tonight. Take heed the queen come not within his sigt. For Oberon is passing fell and wrath Because that she as her attendant hath a lovely boy, stolen from an Indian king. The speaker is Puckand he is talking to a ferry at the beginning of act two scene one. Oberon is angry because titania has stolen a boy from an Indian King. It is important because it introduces titania and Oberon and lets us know that they are married but there is conflict between them.
“Content with Hermia? No. I do repent the tedious minutes I with her have spent. Not Hermia but Helena I love. Who will not change a raven for a dove? The will of man is by reason swayed, and the reason says you are the worthier maid.” The speaker is Lysander. He had just woken up and thinks he is in love with Helena now. He no longer loves Hermia. It is important because the love flower made Lysander love someone else. It causes problems. A metaphor is used in the quote the Raven is Hermia and the dove is Helena
“Her Heights, forsooth, she hath prevailed with him. And are you grown so high in his esteem because I am dwarfish and so low.” The speaker is Hermia. When Lysander told her he does not love her anymore and Hermia compares herself to Helena. Hermia is being called short and Helena is big and strong. Lysander likes Helena more this leads to the women fighting over Lysander and Helena and Hermia’s sisterly relationship is ruined because of the fighting. A pun is used on the word low which means short AND sad.
“Lo, she is one of the Confederacy! Now I perceived they have conjoined all three to fashion this fake sport in spite of me.” The speaker is Helena. She is in the forest and Helena thinks everyone is mocking her. This sucks up the fight between Hermia and Helena and Lysander and Demetrius.
“I see their knavery. This is to make an ass of me, to frighten me, if they could. But I will not stir from this place, do what they can. I will walk up and down here, and I will sing, that they show here I am not afraid.” Bottom is speaking and was just turned into a donkey head by Puck. Bottom thinks everyone is trying to frighten him but he does not care and he will sing loud and proud. It is important because bottom will meet to Titiana as a donkey and he has no clue he is a donkey.
“Fair lovers, you are fortunately met. Of this discourse we more will hear anon. Egeus, I will overbear your will, For in the temple, by and by, with us these couples shall eternally be knit.” The speaker is the Thesius. The lovers have just woken up and were found by hunters. . Thesius has said that he ignore Egeus and allow the lovers to be married. This is important because everyone will live happily ever after and all the lovers problems are solved.
“I have had the most rare vision. I have had a dream, past the wit of man. Man is but an ass, if he go about this dream. Methought I was – there is no man can tell what. Methought I was – and methought I had – but man is but a patched fool if he will offer to say what methought I had.” The speaker is Bottom. Bottom has just worken up fraom a dream where he beieved he was a donkey and he is confused as to ehat just happened. It is impratant because he tells the actors about the dream and they put this into the play. Pun is “ass” and there is a motif of a dream.
“If we shadows have offended, but on this and all is mended: that you have but slumbered here while these visions it did appear.” The speaker is Puck and this is the epilogue of the play. He is apologizing to the audience and sayd that if you were offended then just think of it as a dream. This is the last line of the play. Motif = dream
“A tedious brief seen of you Pyramus and his love Thisbe, very tragical mirth “Merry” and tragical”? “Tedious” and “brief”? This is hot ice and wondrous strange snow!” Thesius is speaking and giving options for the enterainment for his wedding. Thesius is confused about the plays plot. it is important because his confusion gets him interestted and he decides to watch the play. Literary term – oxymoron – Merry and Tragical or hot ice