Tuesday, June 7, 2011

A Midsummer Night's Dream Act 4, Scenes 1 and 2


so much going on! prepping to leave on our road trip (takes SO MUCH more time than i expected), going to rehearsals, dealing with drama, making gifts for tomorrow's Veronica's Room party, etc! wowie zowie! it'll be nice to e on the trip and have some time in the car to relax and catch up on my Shakespeare!

act 4, scene 1
Titania welcomes Bottom to her bed where they "recline" together. Bottom, comfortable in his new role, spends his time giving orders to the fairies. eventually, Titania tells the fairies to go away and they "sleep". Oberon now has the Indian boy, so he feels like it's time to cure Titania of her love sickness. when she wakes she says, "methought i was enamored of an ass". Puck cures Bottom of his ass problem. Oberon and Titania make up and head off to Theseus and Hippolyta's wedding together. meanwhile, Egeus, Theseus, and Hippolyta run into the lovers asleep in the woods. they wake them up and ask Hermia to reveal whether or not she will marry Demetrius. the lovers recount their journey and reveal that Demetrius and Helena will be together, freeing up Hermia to be with Lysander. Egeus isn't happy, but everyone else is. everyone heads off to the wedding. afterward, Bottom wakes up. in a confused state, he heads home to share his idea for a new play: Bottom's Dream.

act 4, scene 2
all of the actors are very worried about Bottom. Snug tells them that they might be permitted to perform that night for the newlyweds. they all agree, however, that there's no way they can do it without Bottom. happily, Bottom appears. the actors prepare to perform!

what is Oberon's DEAL with the Indian kid? i really don;t get it. why is it so important to him? someone tell me! please!

honestly, i can't be happy for Helena. she only has Demetrius' "love" because of that little flower. right? that's like that eternal thing about love potion- it can never make you happy because you will always know it's a lie. i get it. it's a comedy. but i'm just sayin' that i'm not satisfied with that wrap-up.

quote of the day:
'but, my good lord, i wot not by what power-
but by some power it is - my love to Hermia,
melted as the snow, seems to me now
as the remembrance of an idle gaud
which in my childhood i did dote upon;
and all the faith, the virtue of my heart,
the object and the pleasure of mine eye,
is only Helena. to her, my lord,
was i betrothed ere i saw Hermia,
but like a sickness did i loathe this food;
but, as in health, come to my natural taste,
now i do wish it, love it, long for it,
and will forevermore be true to it.

for tomorrow: act 5!

-rebecca may

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