Short Synopsis of A Midsummer Night's Dream

Theseus, Duke of Athens, is planning his marriage to Hippolyta. Egeus, a nobleman, marches in with his daughter, Hermia. He wants her to marry Demetrius, but she is in love with Lysander.

In secret, Lysander and Hermia inform their friend, Helena, of their plan to escape. Helena tells Demetrius about this plan, to try and regain his love.

In the woods, Oberon, king of the fairies, argues with Titania, his queen. Frustrated, he plans to bewitch Titania with a magic flower. It will make her fall in love with the first creature she sees upon waking.

Later, Oberon encounters the Athenian lovers and tells his hobgoblin, Puck to use the flower on them. However, Puck mistakes Lysander for Demetrius, causing them both to fall for Helena.

Elsewhere in the woods, a group of craftsmen rehearse a play for Theseus' wedding. Bottom, the main actor, has his head turned into an ass by Puck. Titania awakes and immediately falls in love with Bottom.

Eventually, Oberon restores Titania. Puck uses the flower to make Lysander fall back in love with Hermia.

The next morning, Theseus and Hippolyta find the lovers in the wood. With the lovers now in balanced pairings, Theseus arranges for them all to get married.

Afterwards, the craftsmen perform their play. The fairies bless the newly-weds, and Puck encourages the audience to imagine the play to be a dream.


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