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 excellent A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a play of attraction and an insightful portrait of the predicaments of affection.
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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 . . on ϭ perform, undertake, tackle 35 wandering knight ϭ knight errant (errant ϭ roaming, traveling) 36 is supposed/needs/ought/is fated to 37 (since Flute is a master workman, he cannot be a budding adolescent and must, accordingly, be for some reason testosterone-deﬁcient) 38 all one ϭ one and the same (“irrelevant”) 39 gently, soft 40 if* 41 (misprint for Thisbe?
149). 179). We may expect Hermia to be as good as her word,but he is plainly not quite sure. 179)—and with her, inevitably, a quiver-full of structural complications. After Helena’s dismal statement of her own love problems,and acting out of sympathy and aﬀection for an old friend,Hermia assures Helena that Demetrius won’t be seeing her again,because she and Lysander are eloping. Hermia and then Lysander leave—and Helena proceeds to open several Pandora boxes: 1. She’s as pretty as Hermia: what’s wrong?
But it is also masterfully glorious use of language, harnessing words and their movement across the syntactical shape of wickedly pungent sentences. Having just emerged from the highest point his life has ever known, or probably will ever know, Bottom here achieves the closest thing to eloquence he will ever come to. Yet there is no sophistication to his words,no reliance on the kind of rhetorical devices, or the deft poetry, the loftier characters quite naturally employ. It is all—like the porridge that Goldilocks ﬁnally tastes, and eats—just right.