Shakespearean Comedy - Midsummer Night's Dream

Updated: 3/26/2019
Shakespearean Comedy - Midsummer Night's Dream
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A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

Lesson Plans by Rebecca Ray

Despite being one of Shakespeare's most popular works, A Midsummer Night's Dream can be a tough play to follow. It contains four plots, and as Puck's work unfolds, things can get a little strange. Watch your students master this comedy and become pros with Shakespeare!


A Midsummer Night's Dream

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Elements of Shakespearean Comedy in Midsummer Night's Dream activity

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  • MARRIAGE OR REUNION
  • COMEDIC LANGUAGE
  • LOVE OBSTACLES
  • I bequeath my daughter to Demetrius!
  • In the end, Helena marries Demetrius, Hermia marries Lysander, and the Duke marries Hippolyta.
  • "When I did him at this advantage take, an ass’s noll I fixed on his head. Anon his Thisbe must be answered, and forth my [mimic] comes. When they him spy, as wild geese that the creeping fowler eye, or russet-pated choughs, many in sort, rising and cawing at the gun’s report, sever themselves and madly sweep the sky..."
  • Hermia's father tells her she must be with Demetrius even though she loves Lysander!
  • PLOT TWISTS
  • ELEMENTS OF COMEDY IN "A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM"
  • MISTAKEN IDENTITIES
  • Hermia and Helena are split by jealousy. The men want to fight over someone neither of them loves. Titania is fooled by her own kind. But, it all works out in the end.
  • Puck mistakes Lysander for Demetrius, and Titania mistakes Bottom for a person (even though he looks like a donkey)