I am amazed and know not what to say. (MND#6)

First you must read Act III, scene ii all the way through and then comment.

As we have done before, though, I am not providing a prompt for this blog.   Rather, I would like you to create your own conversation here.  You must write a comment either addressing a topic, line, or issue about this scene (or any previous scene) and respond with depth to at least one of your classmates’ blogs.

Let’s continue our class discussions on line and see where the conversation takes us.

Be thou not amazed!

MND blog #6

38 thoughts on “I am amazed and know not what to say. (MND#6)

  1. After today’s class period, I keep thinking a lot about the character Puck and what he represents in the Play, especially this scene. Puck seems to be the one connection between all stories. He is scene criticizing the mechanics, being a servant to Oberon, and causing turmoil in the relationships of the four lovers. This might be a little out there, but it just popped into my brain. Puck might be a character that represents the dream state in life. He acts like the sandman when he sprinkles the flower magic on to the eyelids of Lysander and Demetrius, which takes away all reason. That is simply what dreams are, a life that happens at night where all logic is gone. Dreams focus on personal thoughts and desires. That relates to Puck because he is a character who breaks the system of logic and reason in life, he mixes things up and makes things not make sense. That is the overall theme of a Midsummer Night’s Dream, life is confusing and it sometimes feels like a dream. Puck enjoys stirring up drama and he thinks all the confusion is delightful. And so “far blameless proves my enterprise, That I have ‘nointed an Athenian’s eyes. And so far am I glad it so did sort, As this their jangling I esteem a sport.” Puck is also interesting because he doesn’t need a lover or anything like that in life. He simply wants fun and mischief. The job of the sandman is to create dreams and imaginary things, he doesn’t need anything else. That is just like Puck! I don’t really know how important this is to the story, but I think it is interesting to analyze such a mysterious character.

  2. In this scene of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, we see all four lovers confront each other in the woods. At school, I played Puck and noticed what he was doing throughout the scene. In the beginning, he is reporting to Oberon saying how Titania loves Bottom and that he put the flower on the Athenian man’s eyes. After Demetrius and Hermia exit, Oberon realizes that Puck put the flower on Lysander’s eyes and not Demetrius’. Hermia leaves and Demetrius falls asleep, so Oberon decides to put the nectar on Demetrius’ eyes thinking that the next girl he will see is Helena. He is right but now both Lysander and Demetrius are in love with Helena. While they are fighting, Puck is pretending to be some of the characters. He is speaking in the characters voices to cause more trouble. Then when all four are asleep in the woods he puts the flower on Lysander’s eyes so he will love Hermia. This shows us how Puck is just playing with the lovers. He even says “And so far am I glad it so did sort, As this their jangling I esteem a sport”(III.II.73-74) He thinks that the lovers fighting is a sport. Shakespeare may be trying to say sometimes there’s nothing you can do about who loves who. Because the lovers can do anything about Puck and Oberon applying the flowers to their eyes.

    • Great blog! I really like how you said that Shakespeare is trying to say that there is nothing you can do about love. When Helena was saying to Demetrius about how much she loved him, Demetrius would not be swayed. He loved Hermia and it didn’t look like his feelings would change until the flower got applied to his eyes. You really summed up the text very well. Keep up the good work. 🙂

  3. In act III scene ii of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the four youths come together and Hermia and Helena have a fight. Helena said that once they were like sisters, they could not be separated, and now Hermia is playing a joke on Helena and making fun of her. Hermia then replies, “How low am I? I am not yet so low / But that my nails can reach unto thine eyes.”(III,ii,312-313) We already discussed in class that Hermia and Helena are not the usual timid girls that are afraid to take a stand. They makes plans and will rebel against their fathers to get what they want. Here, we see Hermia taking a more bold stance. Usually men get physical whenever they argue. That’s what Romeo and Tybalt did. Usual girl fights consist of insults, but here, Hermia is threatening to actually harm Helena. Hermia is being very bold in this statement. I have a feeling that their fight will not only be words, but one of them might actually hurt another. Hermia thinks that Helena stole Lysander, and will try to get him back. It is usually that men who fight for their women, but here Hermia will be fighting for Lysander. I feel bad for all of them. Helena thinks that they all are playing a prank on her, Hermia had her love stolen from her, Demetrius now loves Helena, and Lysander abandoned Hermia and now also loves Hermia. Hopefully, though, it won’t last long. Usually, when sisters or best friends fight, they get back together fast. I really hope this is the case in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

    • I really like your blog! Hermia and Helena are shown as very strong in the play, and now we see that strength being used at the expense of each other. Hermia’s main goal is to get Lysander back, not to really kill Helena. But of course they are very bold and strong girls. The roles in MND are different from society today, but it is also similar. We typically think of men fighting over a girl, but her we see girls getting into a fight over the boys. Actually, as I write more about the fight, I’m beginning to think that perhaps this fight is over what the girls have become towards each other and how they’ve changed as they’ve grown. The comments they’ve made toward each other is new for the girls, the more insults they add to the fight is just like adding fuel to the fire; It will only get bigger.

  4. Tonight, I’d like to write about the morality of Lysander, Demetrius, Hermia, and Helena. I’d like to focus specifically on Hermia and Helena’s fight, and how Helena brought up how close they were as children. We know that Demetrius and Lysander who were once in love with Hermia are interested in Helena now because of the magic flower juice. Lysander and Demetrius are swearing their love for Helena, and she thinks that it is all a joke against her. Lysander and Demetrius have realized that they both love the same girl so they fight over her, and tell each other to go back to Hermia. They even resort to threatening to kill each other, and proclaiming their hatred for Hermia, just to win Helena. My idea is that not only the flower affects who someone loves, but it blocks out their proper judgement. Two blogs ago, we had to paraphrase Lysander’s speech to Helena and in it he says that he has reached the peak of his judgement therefore he has realized that Helena is the woman for him, not Hermia. Of course, we know that is false. Overall, it is so foolish and ridiculous how this flower changes someone so dramatically. Now I’m going to get more into Helena and Hermia’s relationship. Helena accusing Hermia of creating a joke on Helena. Helena continues and describes how close they were in their childhood, and how Hermia has torn apart their friendship by creating this joke. Hermia and Helena have trouble communicating and understanding each other. Helena is jumping to conclusions, and Hermia can’t express that she is truly confused. Hermia scolds Helena for taking Lysander’s heart, and Helena calls her a “puppet” because of her size. Aspermia threatens to scratch Helena’s eyes, Helena takes advantage of Demetrius and Lysander by telling them to stop Hermia. These childhood best friends are being torn apart by boys. Helena is jealous of the attention Hermia gets from Demetrius, but Hermia wishes that Demetrius would leave her alone. This shows that Shakespeare used modern ideas in his plays. We see girls now feeling validated by the attention they receive from their crushes, and choosing a boy over her friend. It is foolish and quite disappointing, however, Shakespeare uses this idea in a way that allows the audience to laugh at it, and perhaps relate to it.

    • Great job! You explained the situation excellently. I think it’s so cool how Shakespeare talks about how the girls are fighting because of their crushes, when we see this happening today. Keep up the great work!

  5. As a person living in the 21st century, I see some flaws in the wise words of William Shakespeare. One flaw that I spotted in tonight’s reading of Act III scene ii of A Midsummer Night’s Dream was the use of dwarfs and weakness. In the text Hermia states: “Little” again? Nothing but “low” and “little!— /Why will you suffer her to flout me thus?” In other words: Little? Nothing but “little” and “short”!— Why are you letting her insult me like this? Personally, I don’t associate height with strength and the fact that it was offences to be short, is wrong. Being called little shouldn’t be offensive, it should be something you’re proud of. When something or someone is little, it can mean so many positive things such as being able to sneak around easily, be younger with a creative mind, and so much more, it shouldn’t have to be associated with weakness. Lysander also mentioned that a dwarf is just a tiny little weed. This aggravates me because dwarfs are humans, they aren’t some scrap of unwanted materials, they are just like everyone else. Strength can be gained by working out and eating right not by how tall you grow. Of course we live in a different time period then when Shakespeare wrote this play, but I still see this problem today and I think that short people can be just as strong or even stronger than taller people. Dwarfs can be bodybuilders and can win wrestling matches just like anyone else can. The height of someone doesn’t matter, it’s their motivation and how hard they try that matters. Being called short or a dwarf are just facts, you shouldn’t get offended by it but instead embrace it. To conclude, the word for weak shouldn’t be replaced with the term little or dwarf, and Hermia shouldn’t get offended if she is being called little.

  6. Confusion of the reader and the characters is commonly seen in this scene. First off, Oberon and Puck come together to converse about the plan. Puck says that the part of the plan involving Titania has succeed, but it is soon revealed that Puck had put the wrong person under the spell. Now, Lysander is in love with Helena, instead of Demetrius. Then, Demetrius is put into sleep so he can also be put in love with Helena, which frustrates Helena once she finds out that both boys are in love with her. Helena believes that the two boys, along with Hermia, are all playing a trick on her and mocking her of her hopeless love. Helena and Hermia have a fight, with Hermia mostly defending herself and Helena accusing her of many different things that are not true. Hermia then threatens to harm Helena physically after she gets fed up with the constant false accusations put on her by Helena. The two boys, now both in love with Helena instead of Hermia, are ready to fight each other to get Helena to themselves. This causes Puck to pretend to be the two boys to lead the other to different places. Eventually, all four of the lovers fall asleep, and the scene ends with Lysander being turned back to his usual self.

  7. In class today, we reenacted Act III, scene ii, as each of our group members played a crucial role in this scene. As we go further into the scene, we see Helena and Hermia fighting. These two girls were best friends since they were born; however, they’re letting boys drive them apart. An insignificant part in their lives,in which they will laugh at in the future years. When we were acting the scene out, it came to a point when I didn’t know which boy was Demetrius and which one was Lysander. I feel that this was all what Shakespeare was trying to accomplish, like we discussed in class. Shakespeare is trying to prove to us that life and love are complicated. He also taught us about the importance of loyalty. No one in this play is loyal to each other. Hermia and Lysander loved each other so much and now, Lysander can’t even look at her face. More importantly, Hermia and Helena, can’t stand to be around each other, lest look at each other. They both look down upon each other and they both bicker using harsh terms. However, in this scene, it also shows how William Shakespeare looked at women like real people, not poised fragile women who sit still and look pretty. He shows them fighting and exchanging jealous feelings, like real women do in life. He also shows us the importance of girl code. Never betray your best friend for a boy, which is clearly what Helena blindly did. This may be a stretch, but Shakespeare may wanted us to realize the flaws in humans or humanity. Even, with Romeo and Juliet, some people did their essays on Romeo and Juliet themselves, which totally makes sense, as they were both impulsive, and at times overdramatic. In Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lysander, Helena, Hermia and Demetrius, are ruining all of their lives for love. They are all senseless and they are not aware of their actions, or what the consequences will be. William Shakespeare was really advanced for his time and created some very important lessons in these two classic plays.

    • I liked reading your blog. You included many interesting facts and ideas that are completely relevant to the scene. I especially liked how you focused on why Shakespeare decided to make the scene complicated. I agree that, Shakespeare used this scene to prove a point. I slightly disagree on the reason behind this scene, but I may be wrong. Your blog also included information on loyalty which I didn’t think about before. Overall, nice writing and I like the conclusions you drew form the text.

  8. Tonight we are given the privilege to discuss any theme in Act 3 Scene 2 of A midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare. This whole scene is an example of chaos. Everyone is either angry or hopelessly in love. In class Ms. Quinson hinted at a large reason behind the confusion in Act 3 Scene 2. Shakespeare creates this confusion intentionally. Shakespeare also intentionally makes this scene difficult to understand. Shakespeare is such a good writer there is no way he would unintentionally let his readers get lost. Another area Shakespeare confused some of us was with names. Helena and Hermia share the same first and last letter if their names. They are also both young lovers. Shakespeare is trying to show us how all young lovers are the same. Young lovers are desperate and in this scene external forces make them confused. In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare also featured desperate young love prominently. However, in Romeo and Juliet, Romeo and Juliet were very passionate about each other. In this play, the men kept switching there love interest because of someone else’s mistakes.

    • Devan, I really think you’re right about how Shakespeare wanted to tell us about young lovers. I also want to further your point about external forces. I feel like there are many things in the play that interfere with life. For example, the magic flower that complicated their love, or even Oberon and Titania fighting, causing the seasons to change. Anyways, great job and keep it up.

  9. After we acted out Act III, scene ii in today’s class, I thought about some of the themes so far. I came to think about gender roles throughout the entire play. In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare reverses many of the characteristics of certain genders as previously thought. To begin with, Hermia was the one who defied her father. “I beg the ancient privilege of Athens: / As she is mine, I may dispose of her / Which shall be either to this gentleman / Or to her death, according to our law.” \ When Egeus demands she marry Demetrius or die, she still stubbornly refuses and instead runs off with Lysander. This contrasts to Romeo and Juliet, where Juliet (in the beginning) was quite timid and yielding. With this, Shakespeare attempts to show how we stereotypically think of certain genders. On the other hand, Helena shows the opposite of such qualities. Earlier in the play while pursuing Demetrius, she said, “Fie, Demetrius! / Your wrongs do set a scandal on my sex. / We cannot fight for love as men may do. / We should be wooed and were not made to woo.” Here, Helena makes the claim that women should be the ones being pursued for love, not men. This furthers the topic of gender roles in society. Shakespeare questions what we really should think about men and women in the play.

    • Really great response Tony, I like how you chose to compare A Midsummer Night’s Dream to Romeo and Juliet because your points were really accurate and smart.

  10. Today in class and for homework, we read Act III scene ii of a Midsummer Night’s Dream. In this scene, the love triangle changes from Demetrius and Lysander fighting for Hermia to the two of them fighting for Helena. This scene crushes the lifelong friendship between Hermia and Helena and they fight with each other and yell at each other for the pain that they have caused one another because of the relationship situation. We see them burn the bridges of their past with a few simple insults and digs at one another. If you have a best friend, think of them right now. Now, put yourself in the shoes of Hermia and Helena and think about how horrible you would feel if just with one fight, your entire childhood and friendship together that has lasted through years of pain and suffering had ended simply over boys. It would hurt, these two girls have been through so much together and in just one day, over two boys their friendship just ends. We have talked about love blinding people multiple times in this play and we see this happening here as well. Hermia and Helena are blinded by the love and desire they have for their men that they only think about them and not each other. They have spent so much time trying to get the men that they love to love them back and be with them that they have forgotten about each other. Hopefully Hermia and Helena will get to be close friends again because it’s sad to see such a great friendship go to waste over something as simple as a spell that messed everything up.

    • Great blog Ryan! I love how you related the story to our lives. As I said in my own blog, I am emotionally attached to these characters. This part between Hermia and Helena really hit me hard since I am so attached to them. It hurt me to see them like this.

    • I wrote about Helena and Hermia in my blog, and I wrote about if Helena and Hermia’ friendship was even true from the beginning. I agree, it is sad to see a friendship break, but was the friendship even there in the first place?

  11. This has been a very interesting scene. Now, Lysander and Demetrius love Helena, not Hermia. The only difference between the two different scenarios is that for poor and unfortunate Helena, they love her because of magic. When I thought about it, it made me think of a question. Would it be better to have people fall in love with you by magic, or by your appearance? That is the question. Both choices are pretty terrible. What is the point if your lover does not love you for who you are? Also, despite being the king of the fairies, Oberon is not very wise. The first time it didn’t work, so he decided to use that same strategy to fix it, which made it even worse. Then he decides to fix it by doing the same thing again. It makes you wonder how he even became king. He basically just put Lysander in an even worse situation. There is a slim chance for him to see Hermia first when he wakes up. He could first look at Helena, a stranger, and even Demetrius. Even if he looks at Hermia first, who knows how she would react to that. I for one would probably punch him in the face, and I think basically almost everyone else in the class would too. For every single person, they were being witnessed at one of their worst moments. Well, except Puck. He seems to be the only one winning in this situation. I am intrigued by what will happen next.

    • Good ideas. I especially like how you mentioned that Puck seems to be winning in this scenario. It leads me to wonder if Puck is just a manifestation of the “whole world’s against you” feeling.

  12. Today in class we went outside and acted out Act III, scene ii of a Midsummer Night’s Dream (which was very fun). During the scene a lot happened in the Lysander, Demetrius, Helena and Hermia love triangle. Because of the nectar that Puck and Oberon are going around and putting in everyone’s eyes, now Lysander and Demetrius are both in love with Helena. What I found most interesting about the scene was the dream-like aspect of it. First of all this seems to be Puck’s dream come true (at least I hope it’s true). He gets to go around messing with people’s relationships and he seems to be having a great time. He calls it a sport, saying how he is playing around. He acts like both Demetrius and Lysander, impersonating their voices, and just watches to see what happens. Also, Puck turns Bottom’s head into a donkey in Act III, scene i. This brings Puck great joy and is a dream come true. The next dreamy aspect we see is sleep. Of course we can see this as you dream when you sleep. All kinds of things seem to happen when people are sleeping like the nectar being put in their eyes. Another way we can see this is the characters just lay down and fall asleep in the middle of nowhere. I’m pretty sure this isn’t normal, and weird things happen in dreams all the time. This along with Puck being so happy, makes me feel like the whole play is Puck’s dream. It makes sense because Puck is the only happy character, and Shakespeare plays take place over short periods of time. On the other hand, this is Shakespeare we are talking about. Is he really going to make us go through all this for it just to be a dream? If this does end up being a dream I will be extremely mad, and I think my classmates will be mad too. “If this ends up being a dream I am going to sue Shakespeare,” (Ryan McGinley, 2018). I am already emotionally attached to this play and I will be very, very disappointed if it turns out to be a dream.

    • I totally agree with you Hailey. Puck seems to be the one in almost all the scenes, either being one of the people who caused the trouble or standing on the sidelines watching. He does seem to enjoy himself and have a great time. Haha I love the Ryan quote also. Great job Hailey!

  13. This is a very different work of literature from other Renaissance works, and many works otherwise throughout history. Setting it apart is its attitude toward love. This is a radical reverse from the passionate, dreamy, romance taking place in Romeo and Juliet. In this play, love is almost made fun of, or criticized in a comedic way. It emphasizes the ridiculous nature of falling in love at first sight, and shows how deep-rooted friendships are torn up like trees, roots and all. It is a tool to embarrass Titania, and a manipulator of relations for the worst. This is not dissimilar to the negative portrayal of love in Great Expectations. In this scene especially, there is confusion and chaos everywhere we look in the relations. Helena is threatening to fight, because they are warring over the love of Demetrius, while at the same time, Demetrius and Lysander are fighting over the love of Helena, like she would have liked. All the while, Puck and Oberon are running around spreading nectar in everyone’s eyes trying to save a situation they’re worsening.

  14. In tonight’s blog, I would like to address the theme of Change in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. We see the theme of change in many places, through Bottom’s transformation, the change in loyalties of Lysander and Demetrius. All of these changes are brought on by outside forces. I also noticed that all of these changes were brought on by Puck. Puck is the one who transforms Bottom and is almost always the one to drip “The Flower’s” nectar into the eyes of the sleeping target. This has brought me to an interesting question. What is Puck? What does he represent? Puck is a mischievous creature who loves to toy and tamper with the lives of humans and gods alike. He often follows the command of Oberon:

    … May be the lady. Thou shalt know the man
    By the Athenian garments he hath on.
    Effect it with some care, that he may prove
    More fond on her than she upon her love.
    And look thou meet me ere the first cock crow.

    Fear not, my lord. Your servant shall do so.

    All of the change and mischief that Puck has caused has, therefore, led me to believe that puck is the driving force of change and chance, thus being unpredictable and unreliable, even when one believes that they have it under their control there is still some undesired change or effect of chance. When one must rely on chance, it may seem to one that the world seems to be just messing around. This idea is what is manifested into Puck.

  15. In Act 3 scene 2 I can not help but to notice how the roles of gender and how they are supposed to act at the time are somehow reversed. We see the four lovers confront each other in the woods and immediately see the men spill out their false love for Hermia which was caused by Puck. Helena seems to not understand any of this and thinks it’s a nasty prank to make fun of her, but the person who she blames for this prank is Hermia. Even though Hermia doesn’t seem to know what is going on as well. Hermia only thinks that Helena stole her love. This tension starts a argument between them ruining a friendship they had before. However this argument wouldn’t be naturally ladylike in those times. They even threatened to hurt each other. Shakespeare also shows modernization with this fight between two female friends. The men aren’t any better in this situation as well. They both seem to stand back for a while. It is true that they want to duel each other, but midway through finding eachother they fall asleep. All in all gender roles her seem to differ with these characters.

  16. Tonight and in class we read Act 3, scene 2. This had to be my favorite and probably the funniest scene of the play so far. None of the scenes before this one have even amused me, but this one was particularly well done and fairly enjoyable. I think Shakespeare really highlighted certain aspects of each characters personalities that added to the comedic effect of the scene. Like for example, Puck really showed his true michevious nature in this scene. The way he completely forgoed Oberon’s wishes and decided to have fun and mess with the four lovers was quite entertaining. At first, it seemed like Puck made an honest mistake but once you realized that he was stringing everyone along the entire time, deliberately ruining their love lives, he does it in such an endearing and hilarious way, so much so I can’t even be upset, even though he is tearing friendships and relationships apart. But the way Shakespeare writes him makes him so lovable and enjoyable. I also thought Hermia and Helena’s fight was a highlight of the scene. It was written in a Shakespearian way, but it was totally something that I could se happening in our modern society. Shakespeare brought so much humour and enjoyment to this scene. He enhance their characters, fleshed out their motivations, and still made reading such a lengthy scene so fun to read.

  17. When reading this play, I see how Shakespeare tries to exaggerate certain parts of life to make them seem like fantasy, but in all honesty, are just the same as things that happen in life. Not Puck, of course. Puck represents a certain idea. An idea that things don’t have to happen for a reason. As in art, you can argue that there is a meaning and reason behind every painting, but others might say, since it is a creation, no one has to put an actual reason. Puck represents the idea that life can sometimes be indescribable. He doesn’t have much of a reason to mess with the livers other than it’s fun and I want to be mischievous. Sometimes we just need that, like a breath of fresh air, and Puck seems to walk that thin line between reality and fantasy.

  18. After reading Act III, scene ii, the story has progressed very far. The scene starts with Puck reporting to Oberon about his plan of putting on the flower nectar on Titania. Oberon then finds out that Puck incorrectly went about his other task-applying the nectar to the Athenian boy Demetrius. He realizes it was put on Lysander, and rights the wrong by putting the flowers spell on Demetrius, who is sleeping. Lysander then arrives, in tow of Helena. Demetrius awakes, and now both Lysander and Demetrius love Helena, leaving Hermia out of the mix. Because of this, she threatens Helena, who assumes this whole thing is a sham. Both Lysander and Demetrius continue to conflict over the love of Helena, and prepare to fight over it. Puck is sent to take care of this and leads them away, and distracted, they fall asleep. Helena and Hermia fall asleep, as well. Finally. Puck goes and undoes his mistake and makes Lysander fall out of love with Helena. This scene was very interesting. It once again brought on the characterization of women in the play. We see Hermia trying to get what she wants, saying to Helena, “You juggler! you canker-blossom!/ You thief of love! What, have you come by night/ And stol’n my love’s heart from him?” (III. ii. 296-298). She exhibits courage in standing up for what she thinks is right and winning back her love. I find this especially interesting because she has no idea that there is a love spell on Lysander. She doesn’t question and immediately jumps into the fray, basically telling Helena give him back to me, or else. It makes me wonder what would happen had she known both Lysander and Demetrius were under a spell. I imagine she would have acted much gentler, yet still direct, with Helena. Yet, on the flip side, we must take into account Helena’s side of the story. She didn’t want any of this. In a very short period of time, she is wooed by two men. Helena is caught up in the confusion assuming it to be an act and believing that Hermia played a part. All she needed was her Demetrius to love her as she did him. Overall, this scene was very important and interesting in both describing Helena and Hermia and their reaction to the love spell placed on their men.

  19. I was surprised when reading this scene from the play, and I was shocked to see how the characters reacted, especially Hermia.
    In this scene, Puck tells Oberon about Titania and Bottom. They also find out that they have gave the nectar to Lysander, not Demetrius. Demetrius receives the nectar, and both men are now in love with Helena. Hermia finds out, and is enraged about the whole situation. In short, Puck gets everyone to fall asleep, and the nectar is reversed in Lysander. I would like to focus on Hermia, and how she reacted to the whole situation. From the beginning of the play, we are told that Hermia and Helena are best friends. However, are they really? First, let’s take a look at Helena. Helena betrayed her friend to get the man she loves. Almost as soon as we are told that Helena and Hermia are friends (at the beginning of the play), Helena made a plan to go against her own friend. She decides to tell Demetrius of Hermia’s and Lysander’s elopement for a chance to be with Demetrius. Helena knew that Hermia’s and Lysander’s love was unwanted, yet she still decides to tell someone else about it. Now, back to this scene. This time, Hermia yells at Helena, and immediately blames her for “stealing” Lysander. I would never immediately assume that my friend did something that would go against me. I would never blame my friend for something that I don’t have facts for. Is Hermia and Helena’s friendship real? From the looks of it, their friendship does not seem true and loyal.

  20. In Act 4, scene 1 of a Midsummer’s Night Dream, Bottom wakes up thinking everything that happened to him was a dream. “I have had a most rare vision. I have had a dream, past the wit of man to say what dream it was: man is but an ass, if he go about to expound this dream. Methought I was–there is no man can tell what. Methought I was,–and methought I had,–but man is but a patched fool, if he will offer to say what methought I had. The eye of man hath not heard, the ear of man hath not seen, man’s hand is not able to taste, his tongue to conceive, nor his heart to report, what my dream was.”

    I had a very special dream. The dream I had is unexplainable to anyone. If a person were to even try to explain, that person would look like an ass, trying. I thought I was – nevermind, there is no way to explain it. I thought I was – and I thought I had – but a person would be a fool to say what I thought had happened to me. The man’s eye would not here, his ears could not see, his hand’s could not taste, his tongue cannot feel, nor can his heart can tell him how to explain my crazy dream. This shows how confused Bottom is about his situation. He has no idea that it actually happened to him in real life.

  21. In Act 4, scene 1 of a Midsummer’s Night Dream, Bottom wakes up thinking everything that happened to him was a dream. “I have had a most rare vision. I have had a dream, past the wit of man to say what dream it was: man is but an ass, if he go about to expound this dream. Methought I was–there is no man can tell what. Methought I was,–and methought I had,–but man is but a patched fool, if he will offer to say what methought I had. The eye of man hath not heard, the ear of man hath not seen, man’s hand is not able to taste, his tongue to conceive, nor his heart to report, what my dream was.”

    I had a very special dream. The dream I had is unexplainable to anyone. If a person were to even try to explain, that person would look like an ass, trying. I thought I was – nevermind, there is no way to explain it. I thought I was – and I thought I had – but a person would be a fool to say what I thought had happened to me. The man’s eye would not here, his ears could not see, his hand’s could not taste, his tongue cannot feel, nor can his heart can tell him how to explain my crazy dream. This shows how confused Bottom is about his situation. He has no idea that it actually happned to him in real life .

  22. After reading Act III scene ii of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and acting out the scene in class, there seems to be a motif on being unaware of your surroundings and what’s going on. The reason behind me thinking this is that when Helena, Hermia, Lysander, and Demetrius all go to sleep next to each other, we all wondered how they could not be aware of each other being there. The characters also believe they are having heavy change of hearts and that they really love a new person. However, we know that Puck is really responsible for changing their emotions. These situations when the characters are unaware of what is going on usually tend to tie in with situations of love. The four a constantly set up in different specific areas where Puck will inevitably decide their love life. None of the characters are aware of magic even existing, much less the idea that a man can completely change how they feel with a flower. If the characters were aware of how they were being manipulated, almost like the Odyssey, then perhaps they would make wiser choices. However, they may be overcome with this fake love that has clouded their vision. The true question here is that even if they knew they were being manipulated, would their mind be strong enough to overcome the manipulation, or would they still feel the artificial love that has been set for them.

  23. After reading Act III, Scene ii of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare, the plot has further developed and complicated. We the readers learn more about the outcomes of the potion and how it completely changed the love triangle. At first, Lysander and Demetrius are fighting for Hermia’s love, until the potion messes everything up. Now, Lysander and Demetrius are fighting for Helena. Obviously, this changes their friendship and results in a feud between them. This feud ended the relationship they had since their childhood, due to the potion and men. They let their friendship end because of their desire to love and be loved. Similar to Romeo and Juliet, the actions of Hermia and Helena towards each other were impulsive, and are a result of being blinded by love. It is evident that Shakespeare is emphasizing relationships in the story and how they can always be vulnerable. He demonstrates this with the use of the potion changing who someone loves and the love triangle. I wonder if Hermia and Helena will makeup, and whether or not the potion will wear off. If the potion stops, will the love triangle go exactly the way it was before? I hope to read more and learn about this story, while also becoming better at interpreting Shakespeare.

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