Elaboration A Midsummer Night’s Dream
I want to examine the following questions:
1. Describe two relationships in detail. Mention good times as well as bad
The first relationship in this book I’m going to tell about is the one between Hermia and
Lysander. The love between these people is at first forbidden love. The father of Hermia
wants her to marry Demetrius, but she doesn’t agree with this, because she’s in love with
Lysander and Lysander is in love with her. They have to show their love for each other in
secret. Their relationship isn’t the strongest. When there’re obstacles, we can see their
weakness. The relationship quickly crumbles. It’s a very unstable relationship. We can also
see how their relationship is based on physical attraction. Lysander behaves like a
gentleman to Hermia. He also tries to seduce her when they have fled into the woods
because he wants to be with his love.
They have good times together in the woods, but they also have some worse times. For
example, when Lysander fell in love with Helena through the magical flower, which was a
mistake of Puck.
The second relationship I’m going to tell about is the one between Demetrius and Helena.
Helena has always been in love with Demetrius. But unfortunately, Demetrius isn’t in love
with Helena. No, Demetrius is also in love with Hermia. Helena feels like the ugly one. She
just wants to get love back from Demetrius. When Hermia and Lysander fled into the woods,
Demetrius followed Hermia, because he likes her. This was a disappointment to Helena. She
also decided to follow them, so she could get to Demetrius. This is such a bad time for
Helena. But there is someone who wants to help her, named Puck. With the magical flower
he wants to enchant Demetrius, so when he sees Helena, he falls in love with her. But as I
said earlier, Puck makes a mistake. Instead of Demetrius, Lysander falls in love with Helena.
Puck fixes it. Here start the good times between Helena and Demetrius. They’re in love with
each other now and are going to marry at the same time as Hermia and Lysander.
A) What characters do I admire most? Why?
B) What characters do I not admire? Why?
A) The character I admire the most is: Puck. Some people write negatively about him
because he has ruined a few things. But I think he’s funny. I can laugh at his clumsiness. He
usually fixes his own problems (sometimes he gets help from Oberon) and I think that’s good
and instructive for himself. I also thought it was funny when he turned Bottom’s head into a
donkey head. So I like his personality.
I also like the character: Lysander. He’s totally in love with Hermia and he real y proves that
to her. He’s like a gentleman to her. Lysander is a sensitive and respectful type. He also
does his best to show Hermia’s father that he wil be very good for Hermia and he will take
care of her. In my opinion, this is how a man must behave towards a woman and that’s why I
like this guy much more than Demetrius (he isn’t as respectful as Lysander).
B) The character I admire the least is: Egeus. He forbids Hermia to marry Lysander. He
forces her to marry Demetrius. I think it’s terrible if you haven’t the chance to choose for
yourself who you want to marry. As a father, you have to give your child the freedom to
choose who she wants to marry and he must not decide that for her. She has to live with her
man, he doesn’t. She has the right to be happy in the future and that isn’t going to happen if
her father forces her to marry a guy she real y doesn’t like. For the rest, I don’t hate another
character. They’ve all their good and bad qualities, like every person has, except Egeus. I
didn’t see his good qualities, but only his bad side.
A) what important negative experiences do the main characters have?
B) How do they deal with them?
A) -In the beginning, Hermia is in a bad situation. Her father pushes her to marry Demetrius.
She real y doesn’t want this. She had the choice: marry him or become a nun. Otherwise,
according to the law, her father has the right to kil her. She doesn’t know what to do,
because the only thing she wants is to marry Lysander. Dying, become a nun, or marry
Demetrius are none of them an option for her.
-Puck can be sometimes a little bit naughty. He likes to play mischief. Nick Bottom is just a
normal man until Puck turns his head into a donkey head. Puck thinks it’s funny, but then it
goes wrong. Puck also has enchanted Titania (the queen of fairies) with the magical flower.
So what happened: Titania falls in love with Bottom; a donkey head, while she’s married to
Theseus (the king of Athene). Bottom doesn’t realize he is turned into a donkey.
B) -Hermia has made a decision with Lysander. Because they have to show their love to
each other secretly, they decide to flee into the woods. They do not have to be on their
guard here for their father or others who can betray them. Their plan is to marry in the
woods. Here they can always be together. But then, Egeus (Hermia’s father) finds them. He
takes her back out
of the woods. He still wants her to marry Demetrius. But that’s a bigger problem now
because he isn’t in love anymore with Hermia, but with Helena. Theseus overmasters Egeus
and liberates Hermia of her obligation to marry Demetrius. Now Hermia is free to marry the
man she always loved, Lysander.
-Titania awakes and shows her love for Bottom. In the first place, he doesn’t understand,
because he’s ugly and not very much loved. But Bottom appreciates her love and shoes love
back. But then Oberon (the king of the fairies) reserves the effect of the love juice from the
magic flower on Titania. She scares when she sees Bottom’s head and runs away. Bottom
doesn’t understand and is a bit disappointed, but he gets some help from Oberon. He takes
turns on Bottom’s head into a human again.
21. Does the ending follow logically from the rest or not? Why (not), what’s my
opinion about this?
Yes, I think the ending is logically from the rest of the book. In the first place, it’s a happy
ending. The book is a love comedy, so I expected it to end well. The second thing is that
there is deliberately chosen for 2 men and 2 women, of which two men are in love with the
same woman. With two men and two women, you think of two couples. So this was what I
expected from the end: there wil arise two relationships between these four. It’s also a book
with a lot of fantasy, think of the donkey and the magical flower with love juice. When there
are problems in the book, these will resolve by themselves. When the problem arose that
two men are in love with the same woman and that there’s one woman alone, my
expectations were that this problem also would be solved automatically.
To give you an impression of the ending, this happens: Hermia & Lysander and Helena &
Demetrius are going to marry at the same time. Queen Hippolyta and King Theseus are also
going to marry.
My opinion about the ending is that it’s a bit expectable. It wasn’t a surprise for me. It would
be nicer if there was more tension in the story.
40. What are the themes (e.g. growing up, madness of war, conflict between
individual and society, impossible love, etc.) and what is my opinion on the
way they brought across by the writer?
The most important theme in this book is of course: love. Irrational love and forced love are
shown by the characters. Irrational love is the most shown by Oberon. Oberon is madly in
love with Titania. When she gets a new servant (Puck), Oberon gets a bit jealous and gets
feelings of mistrust by her. He wants her to extradite the boy.
Oberon becomes more and more jealous when Titania refuses to extradite the boy. We can
see the forced love when Puck, for example, enchants Titania to fall in love with Bottom. She
does not choose for this herself. In the first place, the relationship between Lysander and
Hermia is impossible to love, so that’s also a part of the theme of love.
There are also other themes in the book than only love. It also contains fantasy. The story
contains a few things that aren’t possible in our world. Take for example the love juice. In our
world, we can’t enchant people with ‘a magical flower’. We also don’t know fairies in our