Monday, June 6, 2011

A Midsummer Night's Dream Act 3, Scene 2


finding it hard to keep up with blogging. i need to do it because it makes me do the reading, but i am struggling to keep up with it. BAH. i just have to keep my eyes on the prize and know that i can do this i can do this i CAN do this.

act 3, scene 2
Oberon is wondering what has become of his Titania when Puck enters to deliver the news about Bottom the ass. Oberon is pleased with the results of their trick until he sees the results with the young lovers. Hermia thinks Demetrius has killed Lysander to get to her. he eventually falls asleep, and Oberon orders that Puck make this right. they put the flower juice into Demetrius' eyes so that he too will be in love with Helena. Puck's famous line is here: 'Lord, what fools these mortals be.' and now, of course, Helena is double-confused about all this love coming her way. Helena suspects that Hermia is in on the whole thing. (see quote below.) Helena begs the boys to stop their charade, but they continue to fight over her. Hermia is equally confused and tormented. when they scatter, Oberon expresses his displeasure to Puck. this is all his fault! he orders Puck to fix the situation with the lovers (but keep Demetrius in love with Helena) and he will fix things with Titania. Puck runs the young boys around until they are so exhausted that they collapse. while all of the lovers are asleep, he fixes things with Lysander so that he will again love Hermia.

i love that Demetrius now gets to be shunned by Helena. HA! serves him right!

OMG Helena is SUCH a hypocrite! she is calling Hermia out for being a bad friend, but she already sold her out! does Helena not remember when she told Demetrius about Hermia and Lysander's plans? for what? so she could get closer to Demetrius! hellooo. hypocrite. i was down with Helena, but no longer.

i love all of Lysander's insults to Hermia. if you haven't read this play, at least read this scene. he calls her a dwarf and an acorn. to start with. it's hilarious. check it out.

quote of the day:
'we, Hermia, like two artificial gods
have with our needles created both one flower,
both on one sampler, sitting on one cushion,
both warbling of one song, both in one key,
as if our hands, our sides, voices, and minds
had been incorporate. so we grew together,
like to a double cherry, seeming parted,
but yet an union in partition,
two lovely berries molded on one stem;
so, with two seeming bodies but one heart,
two of the first, like coats in heraldry,
due but to one and crowned with one crest.
and will you rend our ancient love asunder,
to join with men in scorning your poor friend?'

for tomorrow: act 4

-rebecca may

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