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Four happy days bring in another moon…

January6

Act I of A Midsummer Night’s Dream takes place in the daytime, but it contains many images of the moon that foreshadow the night to come. Identify the examples of moon imagery in Act I. Then in a paragraph or two, analyze and explain the moods that the images suggest.  How is this similar to any references you may recall from Romeo and Juliet?

As always, don’t forget to comment on at least one other response in this thread.

 

61 Comments to

“Four happy days bring in another moon…”

  1. January 6th, 2012 at 5:24 pm      Reply lucyl2 Says:

    The times where the moon is mentioned in A Midsummer Night’s Dream is first when Hypolyta and Theseus are talking about their soon-to-come marriage. Theseus complains that he has to wait so long for the nuptial hour to come; while Hypolyta thinks that the nights are moving too fast (in that she does not want to get married to Theseus). In this case, the moon represents time. Whether the time is moving too fast or too slowly is the decision of the person referencing the moon in the first place. Each new day, another part of the moon shows itself at night. People would keep time by the different stages of the cycles that the moon was in.

    The moon and the nighttime also represent love in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In act I scene two, Theseus is scolding Lysander for making Hermia fall in love with him. He said that Lysander sung to her by moonlight (Very Romantic :)). This is similar to Romeo and Juliet. Perhaps the most romantic and famous scene in the whole play takes place at night in the balcony scene. Juliet told Romeo not to swear by the moon because it was constantly changing. The moon was something that the two pairs of lovers utilized for their romantic life. The moon really is beautiful when you look at it. Love is beautiful too, so it’s easy to compare the two.


  2. January 6th, 2012 at 6:55 pm      Reply coryannm2 Says:

    In Mid Summer night’s dream there are references to the moon. We heard references to the moon made by Theseus and Hippolyta. Theseus complained That his wedding was so far away. Hippolyta and he were to be wed during the new moon. He complains that the moon does not wane fast enough. While on the other hand, Hippolyta complains that the new moon comes to quickly. She is not eager to marry him and she is sad to see the moon disappearing. The moon seems to be a sign of love and romance. For some the moon represents something happy, but to others it can symbolize pain and loathing.
    The moon is also symbolism for the young lovers: Hermia and Lysander. They will run away together at night under the cloak of darkness with only the moonlight to guide them. The moon has also been mentioned in another tale of young lovers; Romeo and Juliet had also mentioned the moon. Romeo and Juliet had first met each other in the night, not only this, but the famous balcony scene had taken place under the cover of darkness. During that balcony scene Romeo had said that he shall swear his love to Juliet by the moon, yet Juliet told him not to for the moon is unreliable and always changing.
    The moon itself influences romance, and has always been a symbol of secrecy among the youth. The moon represents love itself, the light in the dark and is constantly changing as is love.


  3. January 6th, 2012 at 8:33 pm      Reply johnk4 Says:

    In Act 1 of A Midsummer Night’s Dream examples of moon imagery is shown. On page 21 Lysander says,”Tomorrow night when Phoebe behold…Through Athen’s gates we devise to steal.” Also on page 29 Quince says …I am to entreat you, request you, and desire you, to con them by tomorrow night and meet me in the palace wood, a mile without the town, by moonlight. …for if we meet in the city we shall be dogged with company and our devices known.” The first example conveys the mood of secrecy. It says that they planning to run away. This is most easily accomplished under Phoebe who is the goddess of the moon. The second example also conveys the mood of secrecy. It says that the people who will perform the play for the wedding will practice under the moon. They will practice in the woods to avoid seeing anyone. This relates to Romeo and Juliet because they could only meet at night, under the moon. They also had to keep their relationship a secret.


  4. January 6th, 2012 at 10:22 pm      Reply nikital Says:

    Though Act I of A Midsummer Night’s Dream takes place in the daytime, it contains many images of the moon foreshadowing the night to come. One example of such is when Theseus speaks to Hippolyta of their (future) wedding day, complaining of how slowly the moon wanes. Another is when Lysander and Hermia tell Helena of their plans to leave “Tomorrow night when Phoebe doth behold/ Her silver visage in the wat’ry glass/ (A time that lovers’ flights doth still conceal)”.
    In both of these instances, the element of love is involved. The moon has always been closely associated with this. When the pale sphere travels upward in the sky, it is a time of odd occurrences, dreams, nightmares, fantasies, and imagination. It is a time for singing, laughing, dancing, and tears. Overall, the night is a time of emotion. This theory is also shown in another one of Shakespeare’s plays, the tragedy Romeo and Juliet, during the renowned balcony scene. The moon, the light in the dark, is compared by Romeo to Juliet. Also, when Romeo swears his love to Juliet, he first swears on the moon, revealing its significance. Juliet argues that he should not, though, for the moon constantly changes, unlike how the lovers want their love to be: steadfast and unfaltering. All in all, the moon is a symbol often used in the literature of today and the past that can be interpreted in many different ways.


  5. January 7th, 2012 at 6:34 pm      Reply anjuv1 Says:

    In Act 1 of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, there are many times the moon is mentioned. One example of description of the moon is conversation between Theseus and Hippolyta. “… This old moon [wanes!] She lingers… And then the moon, like to a silver bow [New]-bent in…” This is in the beginning of the play on page seven. It firsts starts with Theseus talking, but then changes to Hippolyta speaking. In this section, Theseus, the duke of Athens, is talking about his coming marriage to Hippolyta, the queen of the Amazons. He is saying how he wishes the new moon was already upon them, so he would be married to the queen. Their marriage was four days away, when the new moon comes. He is very impatient and wants the day to arrive. On other hand, Hippolyta believes the days are drawing to an end quickly, and wishes they weren’t. The moon symbolizes happiness as well as sadness. To Theseus, the moon wanes too slowly, while Hippolyta thinks the moon is disappearing each night rather quickly.

    Another example of imagery of the moon is with Lysander and Hermia. They are discussing about their plan to escape. During the night they are going to meet in the forest and run away together to get married. Hermia has to run away because her father wants her to get married to Demetrius when she is in love with Lysander. The moon is mentioned as a path to romance and joy in this part of the play. Also, it states how the moon gives privacy. The two lovers are able to run away together through the moonlight.

    In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well as in Romeo and Juliet, the moon is very symbolic. In the play of Romeo and Juliet, the two lovers meet in the night. Also, one of the most famous scenes, the balcony scene, was taking place in the night.


    • January 7th, 2012 at 11:13 pm      Reply briannab3 Says:

      I agree that the moon can represent happiness to some people, but also sadness to others.


    • January 8th, 2012 at 4:50 pm      Reply amandaj3 Says:

      I agree. The moon is very symbolic.


    • January 8th, 2012 at 5:34 pm      Reply leonl2 Says:

      The moon is a path to romance and joy. I think this is a valid comparison.


    • January 8th, 2012 at 8:46 pm      Reply nicholasm14 Says:

      I never really thought about how the moon can represent sadness as well as happiness, but it makes sense the way you put it. It represented sadness to Hippolyta because it was marking how soon her forced marriage to Theseus was coming, and it represented happiness to Theseus because it was marking how soon he would be married.


  6. January 7th, 2012 at 8:14 pm      Reply briannab3 Says:

    There are many references to the moon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The first time was when Theseus and Hipolyta were discussing their marriage ceremony in a few days. Theseus thinks that the moon is moving too slowly. This is because he is anxious to get married to Hipolyta. On the other hand, Hypolyta thinks the moon is moving too fast because she is reluctant to marry Theseus, who she doesn’t really love.The moon is representing time, and how it can feel to different people. It can go by fast for some, and drag by slowly for others.
    The other references to the moon are by Hermia and Lysander, who are in forbidden love. They plan to run away together to get married, at night with the moonlight guiding them. Hermia’s father said that Lysander stood outside her window and sang to her by the moonlight. The moon is symbolizing young love, romance and secrecy. It also symbolizes hope. With each night, hope is dissapearing for Hypolyta. Hope that she won’t have to marry a man that won her in battle; a man she doesn’t love. It represents hope to Lysander and Hermia; hope that they can finally wed and escape together. The moon can mean different things to different people.
    In Romeo and Juliet, Romeo wanted to swear his love to Juliet by the moon, but she told hime not because the moon is ever changing. They also only met at night, in secret when the moon was shining. Obviously, the moon was symbolic to Shakespeare.


    • January 8th, 2012 at 12:12 pm      Reply nicolea4 Says:

      I agree with everything. I didn’t think about how the moon symbolized hope, but I agree completely! The moon also symbolizes longing because Hermia and Lysander want to be together but are forbidden (and they plan to get married and runaway during the night). Also, Theseus is anxious to marry Hippolyta, but the nights don’t pass fast enough.


  7. January 7th, 2012 at 8:27 pm      Reply shianak3 Says:

    In Act I of A Midsummer Night’s Dream the imagery of the moon is used to foreshadow many events and set a certain mood. It is first mentioned in the first few line of Theseus and Hippolyta when they say,

    THESEUS
    “Now, fair Hippolyta, our nuptial hour
    Draws on apace; four happy days bring in
    Another moon: but, O, methinks, how slow
    This old moon wanes! she lingers my desires,
    Like to a step-dame or a dowager
    Long withering out a young man revenue.”

    HIPPOLYTA
    “Four days will quickly steep themselves in night;
    Four nights will quickly dream away the time;
    And then the moon, like to a silver bow
    New-bent in heaven, shall behold the night
    Of our solemnities.”

    Theseus and Hippolyta are set to wed at night at the time of the moon. In this case, the moon represents marriage, and union. It also represents time. Theseus is waiting for that night of marriage complaining it takes so long while Hippolyta says the time will come fast, almost too fast because she doesn’t’ want to marry Theseus. The moon also represents the love of Hermia and Lysander. They are set to marry and elope together at the time of moon (night). This is very similar to Romeo and Juliet because although they marry in the morning they meet each other and fall in love during the nighttime. In this play, I think the moon represents mainly love which is really similar to Shakespeare’s other work, Romeo and Juliet. I also think that love works out better if it is in the night because in Romeo and Juliet, daytime was a time of death, sorrow, and regret. If Romeo and Juliet had married in the night, they might’ve actually lasted happily ever after. Most people consider the nighttime as creepy, dark, and scary while the daytime as a happy time of love. I noticed in Shakespeare’s works it is the complete opposite and he uses the moon to foreshadow terrible eventsthat come after good ones.


    • January 8th, 2012 at 4:57 pm      Reply amandaj3 Says:

      I agree. Shakespeare represents night and day very differently compared to other authors. I think Shakespeare is a true genius. 🙂


  8. January 8th, 2012 at 12:08 pm      Reply nicolea4 Says:

    There are many references to the moon in Act I of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The moon means many things, but the meaning changes with the person referring to it. The first reference to the moon was in a conversation between Theseus and Hippolyta, speaking about their wedding day. Theseus looks forward to getting married to Hippolyta because he loves her, so he thinks the moon is moving too slowly. On the other hand, Hippolyta is opposed to marrying Theseus because she does not love the man who won her in battle, so she suggests that the moon is moving too quickly. In this case, the moon represents time, which can go by quickly for some, or slowly for others.
    The moon represents love and secrecy in the case of Hermia and Lysander, who love each other, but Hermia’s father does not approve of Lysander. During the night, Hermia and Lysander plan to get married and run away.
    These references to the moon are similar to that in Romeo and Juliet. The moon symbolized love and secrecy when Romeo and Juliet spoke on her balcony the night of the party. The moon has a sense of spookiness which Shakespeare seems to embrace; he uses the moon the foreshadow bad and mysterious events.


  9. January 8th, 2012 at 12:09 pm      Reply Ben E. Says:

    Shakespeare uses moon imagery in both a Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Romeo and Juliet. Mainly he uses the moon to show two different images, time and love. The first time it is mentioned it is in reference to time. Theseus complains that the moon is moving to slow. Hippolyta on the other hand, said that the moon was going to fast. It wasn’t moving to fast or too slow, the moon moves at a consistent rate. Shakespeare used this to symbolize how the two characters felt about how time was moving. Another example of this was in the balcony scene in Romeo and Juliet. Romeo said he swore his love by the moon, but Juliet told him not to because the moon changes phases. A third example of moon imagery is when Theseus blames Lysander for his and Hermia’s love because he sang to her in the moonlight. This time the moon symbolizes the love of Lysander and Hermia. Shakespeare uses the moon to symbolize many things.


  10. January 8th, 2012 at 1:23 pm      Reply innag2 Says:

    In Midsummer Night’s Dream, there were many references and plays on words that referred to the moon. There were many examples of moon imagery in Act I especially. Some of those were like how Hernia and Lysander choose to meet in the moonlight and then run away, suggesting a more secretive and mysterious approach to this entire ordeal of theirs. Another example was how Lysander would come to court and woo Hernia in the moonlight, by singing to her and giving her candies and telling her how he loves her. In this case, the moonlight gives their fare a more romantic feel, almost soft and glowing. Also, an example of referring to the moon in Act I includes the time when Theseus is complaining to Hippolyta about how the moons don’t go away fast enough, so their wedding day seems to be so far away, while Hippolyta complains about how fast the moon moves, and how soon she will be forced into this marriage to a man that she abhors. In this case, the moon is being used as a reference to time.
    Some of these references to the moon can be compared to those in Romeo and Juliet. In Romeo and Juliet, the lovers also met by moonlight, so no one can see them. But it was also more romantic and mysterious in a way, because no one knows what the moonlight can bring. Also, Juliet told Romeo not to swear their love by the moon, because the moon is inconsistent, or, it changes all the time. It never stays in place, and always moves, and she didn’t want their love to be like that. Another moon reference in Romeo and Juliet is the fact that to each other, to each the other was their moon, and they were like the sun. They were pulled together like a gravitational force, like the moon and the tides, and couldn’t seem to separate, ever. I think Shakespeare really liked the references to the moon as a way to set up the emotions and moods of the play.


  11. January 8th, 2012 at 2:06 pm      Reply tylerf2 Says:

    In Act I of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, there are many references that are directed at the moon, even though most of the act takes place in the daytime. For example, there was a reference to the moon when Hermia and Lysander chose to meet each other by moonlight, which suggested a more secretive and romantic scenery and mood for them to run away together. Another example was how Lysander would go to Hermia’s home and woo her with sweet candies and music by moonlight. This also suggested that there was a more romantic and secretive tone when he would be by her window doing these things. Another example would be how Theseus complains to Hippolyta how the moon moves too slow, making their marriage day seem even farther away. However, Hippolyta is complaining of the exact opposite. She complains of how the moon moves too fast, therefore making it sooner for her to be forced into marriage with this (in her opinion) horrible man. In this case, the moon is being used as a reference to the speed of time.
    Some of these references to the moon can be compared to those of Romeo and Juliet. For example, when Hermia and Lysander made the plan to meet each other in the moonlight, it was like how Friar Lawrence would meet Juliet by moonlight in the tomb with Romeo to take her away when she woke. Also, when Lysander would go to Hermia’s window at night to woo her, Romeo would do the same to Juliet without her parents knowing of what was going on. Shakespeare must like reffering to the moon in his plays because of the type of romantic and mysterious mood they set for his plays.


  12. January 8th, 2012 at 2:13 pm      Reply michaelt10 Says:

    There were a few examples of moon imagery in both Act I of A Midsummer nights Dream and Romeo and Juliet. Like Dickens’s dog imagery, this can foreshadow and present a mood. In line 98, scene 2, Quince tells Bottom to meet her to rehearse by moonlight. She mentions that she does not want the company they are sure to get in the city. This presents the feeling of secrecy, by using the natural light from the moon instead of artificial light (remember, the moon does not really shine. The light of the sun is just reflecting off the moon). Also, this directly foreshadows a meeting between them at night. When Egeus is talking to Thesis, he is upset that Lysander was singing to Hermia by the moonlight. This clearly tells us they are in love, and Egeus is upset about this. The moon seems to have a connection to love in both A Midsummer nights Dream and Romeo and Juliet. Romeo is told not to swear by the moon because of its cycle and changing. This reminded me of Romeo’s emotions, which are constantly changing. Both of these plays are about love, so I can seem were all the moon stuff comes from. (Personally, I don’t see the moon as very special. It’s just a floating t rock in space. It would make more sense to me if the love connection was made to something like a sunset.)


  13. January 8th, 2012 at 2:35 pm      Reply Anton Says:

    The imagery of the moon indicates different things in different parts of the play. In act 1, scene 1, Theseus is counting the days until his marriage to Hippolyta .They are to be married on the new moon. In this case the moon indicates the time before they marry.To Hippolyta, the time comes fast, while for Theseus, “how slow this old moon wanes.” The moon is simply like a calendar.
    Afterwards, in the same scene, Hermia and Lysander decide to sneak away to Lysander’s Aunt’s house, likely by the light of the moon. In this case the moon is an object of secrecy. Also it is romantic in the sense that they feel safely together at night, similar to Romeo and Juliet.
    In act 1, scene 2, The moon also has a tone of secrecy. Quince does not want anyone to know how there play is going to be, so he decides that they all go to the forest and practice it by moonlight. This is also similar to Romeo and Juliet because they can only be happy at night time.


  14. January 8th, 2012 at 3:04 pm      Reply Jesse Says:

    The moon is mentioned quite a bit in A Midsummer’s Night Dream. It means many different thing to different characters. To Hermia and Lysyander, The moon is the object of secrecy and protection, a guide for them on a long and dangerous journey. To Hippolyta the moon is the only thing that stands the way of her marriage that she is so dreading. To Quince, Bottom and thier friends the moon is the object of privacy and suprise because in the forest under the moonlight is the only time they can rehaerse the play Pyramus and Thisbe for the Prince’s wedding.
    This is similar to Romeo and Juliet because night was the only time they got to be together; in the daylight awful events occured. They would often compare each other to the moon as well. In both these plays, the moon is and object of happiness and secrecy.


  15. January 8th, 2012 at 4:21 pm      Reply bridgetd1 Says:

    In A Midsummer Night’s Dream there are many references to the moon. In the first scene of act one Theseus says that he cannot wait for his wedding with Hippolyta. He says “Now, fair Hippolyta, our nuptial hour/ Draws on apace. Four happy days bring in/ Another moon. But, O, methinks how slow/ This old moon wanes! She lingers my desires/ Like to a stepdame or a dowager/ Long withering out a young man’s revenue.” Theseus is comparing the moon to time in this case. The days seem long to him and every night he cannot wait for the moon to disappear.

    Later in scene one Lysander says “Tomorrow night when Phoebe doth behold/ Her silver visage in the wat’ry glass/ (A time that lovers’ flights doth still conceal).” Phoebe is the moon and is referred to as secrecy. Lysander and Hermia are going to seek away while the darkness of the night hides them. They cannot wait for the night and wish that it would last longer so that they can have longer to seek away. This similar to Romeo and Juliet because when Romeo is banished he gets to spend one last night together. They want a longer time to spend together like Hermia and Lysander.


  16. January 8th, 2012 at 4:48 pm      Reply amandaj3 Says:

    In Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act I, there are many references to the moon. The imagery of the moon is used to foreshadow the scenes to come and it also represents the mood. Hippolyta and Theseus are set to wed in the night. The night can represent the moon. Theseus said to Hippolyta: “And then the moon, like to a silver bow New-bent in heaven, shall behold the night Of our solemnities.” The imagery of the moon is beautiful. The moon is like a silver bow bent in heaven, in the night, according to Theseus. In this scene the moon represents marriage, love, and time. Theseus is so excited to marry Hippolyta while Hippolyta is not that thrilled. He complains that the moon is moving too slowly while she complains that the moon is moving too quickly. There is also another case of moon imagery in Act 1 of Midsummer Night’s Dream. Two lovers named Hermia and Lysander are set to marry in the night, when the moon is out. After their marriage, they plan to elope together. I thought this scene was very alike to a couple of scenes of the famous tragedy by Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet. In one scene of the well-known play, Romeo and Juliet get married in the morning but fall in love even more during their wedding night. Another scene is that Romeo and Juliet talked in the night, when the moon was out, in the balcony. They both decided to get married during that scene. One of the themes in Romeo and Juliet was light in darkness. The moon can basically be interpreted as love and light while the night is represented as the darkness. There are also more of a modern-type of references to the moon these days. The song “Tim McGraw” by Taylor Swift is a great example. One of the lyrics are “The moon like a spotlight on the lake”. The moon is being used as light in the darkness. I think imagery of the moon is truly beautiful. It mainly represents love which is very romantic.


  17. January 8th, 2012 at 5:29 pm      Reply leonl2 Says:

    Examples of moon imagery are shown a lot in Act I. When the actors are speaking they tie the moon into their speech one way or another. Theseus uses the moon as a mark for his wedding with Hippolyta, and uses the slow waning of the moon to describe his impatience of the upcoming marriage. Lysander has wooed Hermia – at night of course, when the moon is bright and shining. Lysander and Hermia are also going to leave at night, and Quince, Bottom, and all those other actors plan to rehearse whatever they are performing at moonlight too.

    Everyone is scheduling their time based on the night and the moon. Just like in Romeo and Juliet, the night was the only time where they could safely be together.

    The words “night” and “moon” show up a lot in the first Act of the play, a total of 12 nights and 7 moons. 🙂 As for moon imagery, the phrases “cold fruitless moon”, “old moon”, and “the moon, like to a silver bow” are the most apparent. What are to be made of these examples of moon imagery? “cold fruitless moon” is mentioned when Theseus is telling to Hermia what situation she would be in if she doesn’t obey her father. (To live a barren sister all your life/Chanting faint hymns to the cold fruitless moon.) That makes sense- A cold, useless life. Moon like a silver bow is said by Hippolyta,(And then the moon, like to a silver bow/New-bent in heaven, shall behold the night/
    Of our solemnities.) She is in a way saying that the moon is flexible and yields to time like a bow that is newly bent. Theseus, on the other hand thinks the moon is too old and bends too slowly. Hippolyta thinks that the moon comes and goes before you know it, while Theseus thinks it is moving too slow, causing him to become impatient.

    The moon does appear many times in Act I, and there are many cases of moon imagery, but I am having trouble finding examples of foreshadowing of the night to come. Hopefully I’ll catch on after reading everyone else’s post.


  18. January 8th, 2012 at 5:30 pm      Reply alwynp2 Says:

    In Act 1 of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, many moon references are used. The first moon reference is literally in the third sentence! Theseus is the one who says the first moon reference. Here is what he said:
    “Now, fair Hippolyta, our nuptial hour
    Draws on apace. Four happy days bring in
    Another moon. But, O, methinks how slow
    This old moon [wanes!] She lingers my desires
    Like to a stepdame or a dowager
    Long withering out on a young man’s revenue.
    Then, Hippolyta replies:
    “Four days will quickly steep themselves at night;
    Four nights will quickly dream away the time;And then the moon, like to a silver bow
    [New]-bent in heaven, shall behold the night
    Of our solemnities.
    In this case, the moon refers to time. However, how fast time is moving depends on who you ask. Theseus, who wants to woo Hippolyta before marring her, thinks that the nights till their marriage is going slow. Hippolyta, who doesn’t want to gat married, thinks that the nights are going really fast.
    Also, on page 9, Egeus says a reference to the moon:
    “Full of vexation come I, with complaint
    Against my child, my daughter Hermia.-
    Stand forth, Demetrius.- My noble lord,
    This man hath my consent to marry her.-
    Stand forth, Lysander.- And, my gracious duke,
    This man hath bewitched the bosom of my child.-
    Thou, thou, Lysander, thou hast given her rhymes
    And interchanged love tokens with my child.
    Thou hast by moonlight at her window sung
    With feigning voice verses of feigning love
    And stol’n the impression of her fantasy
    With bracelets of thy hair, rings, gauds, conceits
    Knacks, trifles, nosegays, sweetmeats- messengers
    Of strong prevailment in unhardened youth.
    With cunning hast thou filched my daughter’s heart,
    Turned her obedience (which is due to me)
    To stubborn harshness.- And, my gracious duke,
    Be it so she will not here before your Grace
    Consent to marry with Demetrius,
    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
    Immediately provided in that case.
    In this case, the moon is referred to as romance and love. Theseus wants Hermia to marry Demetrius. However, Hermia wishes to marry Lysander. Theseus accuses lysander for being smooth and stealing Hermia’s heart because he sang to her underneath her window in the moonlight. This reminds me of the balcony scene in Romeo and Juliet. In the balcony scene in Romeo and Juliet, the moon also means secrecy. Romeo and Juliet always met at night. In A midsummer Night’s Dream, Hermia and Lysander plan to elope at night The moon reference is used in many books, even Shakesphere’s.


  19. January 8th, 2012 at 7:10 pm      Reply amandaf2 Says:

    In Act one of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, there is a lot of imagery about the moon. Theseus and Hippolyta are scheduled to get married in the phase of the new moon. In Theseus’s speech, he compares the slow phases of the moon to how he can’t wait any longer for his marriage. He also uses the moon as a symbol of is marriage to Hippolyta. However, Hippolyta complains that the moon phases move too quickly because she does not want to marry Theseus. This reminds me of Juliet and Paris in Romeo and Juliet. Juliet dreads their wedding coming, and Paris cannot wait. This shows how the moon can symbolize both time and love. Another thing that the moon can symbolize is privacy. Romeo and Juliet have to meet each other in the dark in privacy. Hermia and Lysander also have to meet each other in private. Both marriages are “forbidden.”


  20. January 8th, 2012 at 7:34 pm      Reply benjaminf Says:

    In A Midsummer Night’s Dream there are multiple references to the moon and the moon symbolizes a different thing each time it is mentioned. Theseus mentions the moon when saying the time between then and their wedding. Theseus thinks the moon is moving slowly and wants it to hurry up so he and his future wife Hypolyta can get married. Hypolyta on the contrary says that the moon is changing too quickly and probably wants it to slow down so there will be more time before she gets married because she doesn’t love Theseus back and is only marrying him because he beat her in battle. The moon represents the days because there were no calendars when and where the story is placed in and instead of dates they say what stage the moon will be in on that certain day.
    The moon is also mentioned when Lysander and Hermia discuss when they want to run off and get married. They choose to run off at night by moonlight. The moon symbolizes young danger and young lovers aren’t under supervision and can run off and get married.
    The moon is also symbolized in Romeo and Juliet when Juliet tells Romeo not to swear to the moon to love her because the moon changes like his mind might too. Also good things happen with Romeo and Juliet in the moonlight and not in the daytime. This shows that Romeo has a thing for the moon and likes symbolizing the moon in his plays.


  21. January 8th, 2012 at 7:44 pm      Reply Autumn Says:

    One of the first references to the moon is when Theseus is waiting for the new moon because that is when he and Hippolyta will be getting married. He is becoming impatient, saying that the new moon phase cannot come soon enough yet Hippolyta is dreading it, much like Juliet’s dread for her marriage to Paris.
    Theseus and Hippolyta are scheduled to get married in the new moon phase and the moon signifies something very romantic. They way Romeo and Juliet snuck out to see each other under the moonlight or the way Lysander and Hermia will be sneaking away under the moonlight to be together. The moon represents their shining beacon in the darkness; their forbidden love.


  22. January 8th, 2012 at 8:14 pm      Reply ashleys2 Says:

    When the moon is mentioned the first time in Midsummer Night’s dream, it is when Theseus and Hippolyta are talking about their upcoming wedding. ‘Four happy days brings in another moon.” Theseus says. “But O, methinks how slow this old moon wanes!” Theseus is trying to say that he is so excited for this day to come that all the days leading up to it are taking too slow. Once this old moon shines out, the new moon will bring him joy and happiness. The moon symbolizes the passage of time in this sense. Hippolyta responds to this by saying “Four days will quickly seep themselves in night; Four nights will quickly dream away the time; And then the moon, like to a silver bow, new bent in heaven, shall behold the night of our solemnities.” This means that once the days pass and the nights come, the nights will go fast because all good things happen during the night. Then finally, the day will come and the moon will look down on our celebration. In this sense, the moon symbolizes happiness and joy. Hypolita suggests that good things happen at night, just like in Romeo and Juliet.

    The other scene where the moon was mentioned was when Egeus was talking to Hermia about why she should marry Demetrius instead of Lysander. Egeus says that Lysander is making Hermia behave badly instead of obediently and that his singing of love songs to her at moonlight and giving her little trinkets and toys is all a facade. In this sense, the moon is the light or forbidden love, just like in Romeo and Juliet. Also in this scene, where Theseus is warning Hermia about how she has to marry Demetius, he makes the new moon the date of her death if she doesn’t obey her father. He also compares being a nun, saying that it is no fun “To live a barren sister all your life / Chanting faint hymns to the cold fruitless moon” This makes the moon the date of new beginnings (Theseus and Hippolyta’s marriage) and maybe endings (Hermia’s death/ becoming a nun). It also suggests that the moon can be a happy, warming thing and a cold, sad looking thing.


  23. January 8th, 2012 at 8:34 pm      Reply nicholasm14 Says:

    In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare included numerous references that referred to the moon throughout the characters’ dialogue. The first reference was by Theseus and Hippolyta in relation to their upcoming marriage. Theseus can’t wait for their marriage to come during the new moon, which is four days away. He complains about how slow the moon wanes because of how excited he is to marry Hippolyta. Hippolyta looks at this situation in a very different way. She complains how fast the moon moves and how in four days she will be forced into a marriage with Theseus. She didn’t want to be in this marriage; Theseus defeated her in battle and now she had to marry him because she was his prize. In this situation, the moon is used as a reference to time. Another example is how Lysander wooed Hermia by singing to her and giving her candies in the moonlight. The moon makes this situation seem more romantic and wonderful. A third example is how Lysander and Hermia plan to leave Athens through the woods under the cover of night and with the moon as their guide. The moon represents love again, but it also brings an element of secrecy and stealth into the situation.

    These references that refer to the moon can compare to the situations in Romeo and Juliet. In Romeo and Juliet, they have to meet by moonlight so that nobody could see them and the love they share. In addition, if they were seen together, the consequences would have been dire. The moon is this case gives an element of love, secrecy, and stealth just like Hermia and Lysander’s situation in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The famous balcony scene took place under the cover of the night with the moon in the sky, and Romeo and Juliet first met during the night. When Romeo wanted to swear his love to Juliet, she told him not to swear by the moon, for it is inconstant. She basically meant that she didn’t want their relationship to change all the time like the moon changed its phases. The moon represents time here just as it did in Theseus and Hippolyta’s situation in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.


  24. January 8th, 2012 at 9:26 pm      Reply carak1 Says:

    Imagery of nighttime and the moon are abound in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The first two stanzas are full of the moon. Theseus longingly speaks of his wedding to Hippolyta by saying “four happy days bring in/ Another moon.” He then goes on to say the moon is too slow, and he wants the wedding to just come already! Hippolyta responds almost scornfully, saying that those days will move quickly enough, landing them in their wedding festivities. In the scene between Egeus, Hermia, Lysander, Demetrius, and Theseus, there are yet again, more moon mentions. Egeus says that Lysander sings by Hermia’s window in the moonlight. Later, Theseus says that nuns pray to the cold, fruitless, hymns. He also counts time by the moon cycle. We soon learn of Hermia and Lysander’s plans to sneak away in the deep middle of the night. As the peasants are planning for the play, they agree to meet at night where they can all be alone.

    All these allusions to the moon give different ideas about the night. It is implied that the moon is constant, as time is always compared to it. In Romeo and Juliet, the exact opposite is said to be true. Juliet forbids Romeo to swear by the moon, as it is inconstant. I find it very interesting that Shakespeare would put these very different messages in his plays. THe moon is also said to be too slow by Theseus, a man in love. This echoes when Juliet says it will be twenty years until the young lovers meet again at the end of the balcony scene. Lysander’s singing by Hermia’s window in the night is comparative to Romeo appearing in Juliet’s courtyard in the middle of the night. Just as we are thinking that the moon is a very romantic thing, Shakespeare goes and says that nuns pray to the “cold, fruitless moon.” Does the moon symbolize romance or barrenness? I think the moon and the night are romantic, not only in literature, but also in real life. Night is the time for love to blossom, because, as Romeo said, one will have night’s cloak to shield them from others’ eyes. Hermia and Lysander plan on using this protection in running away in the night. The peasants show a slightly different interpretation of Romeo’s quote. They are using the night for the privacy it provides, free of prying eyes or distractions. No matter which idea of night we see, they are everywhere in the first act of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.


  25. January 8th, 2012 at 9:34 pm      Reply sharonm1 Says:

    The moon was first referenced in Act 1 of A Midsummer Night’s Dream during a conversation between Theseus and Hippolyta.

    Theseus: “…Four happy days bring in another moon. But, O, methinks how slow this old moon wanes. She lingers my desires like to a step dame or a dowager…”

    Hippolyta: “Four days quickly steep themselves into night; Four nights will quickly dream away the time; And then the moon, like to a silver bow, new bent in heaven, shall behold the night of out solemnities.”

    Theseus is shown as wishing that his nuptial hour and wedding day would come soon. He was complaining and that it would be four long days before the new moon. He felt that the time was not passing quick enough. Hippolyta, on the other hand, felt that the nights were moving too quick because she did not want to marry Theseus. In this situation, the moon symbolizes time and how time can moves differently depending on the person’s perspective.

    Egeus: “…Thou, thou Lysander, thou hast given her rhymes and interchanged love tokens with my child. Thou hast by moonlight at her window sung with feigning voice verses of feigning love…”

    Lysander and Hermia were forbidden lovers because Hermia’s father wanted Hermia to marry Demetrius while Hermia loved Lysander. Lysander and Hermia would visit each other at night so that they could remain unseen. Lysander sang to Hermia in the moonlit night and they planned run away the next night. They planned to go to a piece of land that Lysander’s aunt had given him so that they could get married and Hermia’s father would be unable to pursue them. In this case, the moon represents love and secrecy.

    The similarities with Romeo and Juliet can be drawn here because Romeo and Juliet were forbidden lovers who met secretly at night.
    Shakespeare references the moon at different occasions to reflect the different emotions and also to set the mood in the play.


  26. January 8th, 2012 at 9:45 pm      Reply johnw2 Says:

    Like in Romeo and Juliet there is a lot of imagery of the moon. Like in Romeo and Juliet the moon and darkness signify safety and protection for lovers and romantics. This is shown in many points in the first act of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. When Lysander and Hermia are coming up with their plan to escape the city so that they can get married they plan to leave in the night time. This theory of night being a cloak for lovers has been used by Shakespeare before in Romeo and Juliet. This is plainly stated by Romeo in the balcony scene when Juliet is worried that her family members will catch him and kill him. He replies to her saying that he has night’s darkness to cloak him from her family. Like the night signifies protection day time signifies danger for lovers. This is shown in the first act by the fact that when it is day time Lysander and Hermia have a constant reminder that they cannot get married in Athens. Another example of this in Shakespearian literature is in Romeo and Juliet how Mercutio and Tybalt both die in the day time and not the night time. This event causes the Friar to come up with his plan, which ends in death. This theme of night verses day is an interesting reoccurring theme that Shakespeare seems to use a lot in his love stories. So far I feel that Midsummer Night’s Dream is interesting to say the least.


  27. January 8th, 2012 at 10:00 pm      Reply kevinj3 Says:

    There are many references to how the moon creates imagery throughout what we have read so far in Midsummer Night’s Dream. The moon has long been a symbol of mystery, love, and the only light in a dark night. Some of these meanings come into play in Act I of the story. In the very beginning, when Hippolyta and Theseus converse, Theseus brings up their upcoming marriage and says, “four happy days bring in another moon”. He seems very excited and anxious for the wedding and Hippolyta on the other hand, almost seems disinterested in it. Hippolyta is almost like the opposite of Juliet, she isn’t impulsive and is older and wiser, unlike the 13 year old Juliet. In this reference, the moon represents date and time, when the wedding will take place. Another symbol the moon portrays is guidance and hope. This is shown through when Hermia and Lysander plan to run away, a decision made because of Egeus’ stubborn nature in forcing Hermia to marry Demetrius. In their planned escape, the moon will serve as their guide and lead them through the otherwise eerie and dark night. This reminds me of Romeo and Juliet, when the night also is a example of secrecy, Romeo and Juliet secretly kiss during their meeting at night. Another thing that is similar to Romeo and Juliet is Hermia and Juliet. They are both forced to marry someone they do not love, but both try to escape the wrath of their authorities. I hope that Hermia’s fate is not the same as Juliet’s though or else she will end up dying.


    • January 8th, 2012 at 10:58 pm      Reply harrisond1 Says:

      I agree with everything you said, and I like your examples. I hope Hermia’s fate is not the same as Juliet’s as well.


  28. January 8th, 2012 at 10:09 pm      Reply carlya1 Says:

    There were many references to the moon in Act 1 of A Midsummer’s Night Dream. The first reference was during the conversation between Theseus and Hippolyta.

    Theseus: Now, fair Hippolyta, our nuptial hour
    Draws on apace. Four happy days bring in
    Another moon. But, O, methinks how slow
    This old moon wanes! She lingers my desires
    Like to a stepdame or a dowager
    Long withering out a young man’s revenue.

    Theseus means that his wedding to Hippolyta is on the night of the new moon which is four nights away but it seems like it is taking an eternity to arrive. Shakespeare chose to set the wedding on the night of the new moon to show the moons romantic side. The moon can create many different emotions and in this particular scene, it was romance.
    The second reference to the moon in Act 1 was when Lysander was making plans for his and Hermia’s secret marriage. He said that she should meet him at night, when it’s dark and secretive, to get married outside Athens walls so he doesn’t need her fathers approval. In this scene the moon signifys secrecy, love and mystery. Hermia is planning to escape (mystery) and get married to Lysander (love) without her father’s consent or approval (secrecy).
    Shakespeare referenced the moon quite a few times in Romeo and Juliet as well. Romeo tried to swear his love to Juliet by the moon but she said that was too inconstant. They also met at night and made plans for the secret marriage under the light of the moon.


  29. January 8th, 2012 at 10:56 pm      Reply harrisond1 Says:

    Act I of A Midsummer’s Night Dream included many references to the moon. These references occurred in many places, but first occurred between the conversation between Theseus and Hippolyta. He mentioned the moon when stating how long it was until their wedding. He said:
    Now fair Hippolyta, our nuptial hour
    Draws on apace. Four happy days bring in
    Another moon. But O, methinks how slow
    This old moon wanes! She lingers my desires
    Like to a stepdame or a dowager
    Long withering out a young man’s revenue

    This meant that his marriage to Hippolyta was coming, but it would take four days. He also said that the moon was taking too long to come. Shakespeare chose to compare the moon to symbolize time and excitement. It also helped symbolize love. The second time Shakespeare referenced the moon was when Hermia and Lysander planned to secretly run away at night. The moon symbolized danger, romance, and adventure. It also shows secrecy. When Quince was planning the play, he told everybody to rehearse at night in the woods to keep it a surprise. The moon was referenced a lot in Act I of A Midsummer’s Night Dream.


  30. January 8th, 2012 at 11:07 pm      Reply anthonym9 Says:

    There were many moon references in Act I of Midsummer Night’s Dream. The first one was where Theseus said he couldn’t wait for the new moon to come. He was saying that there will be a new moon in four days, when they will be married, but it will seem to be forever. He means that he can’t wait to be married. This wording is chosen by Shakespeare because the moon represents romance, and in this case a clock that ticks too slowly. The moon also represents secrecy and sneakiness in this story.
    The other reference to the moon was when Lysander and Hermia planned a secret wedding in the woods. Lysander said it should be dark out, which means it would be romantic. He also means it would be dark enough so that it would be unseen and they would not need their parent’s consent to be wed. In this scene, the moon represents romance because it was dark out and they were alone and it also represents secrecy because they are getting married at night to avoid a situation with their parents.
    These references are similar to the ones in Romeo and Juliet. In Romeo and Juliet, neither of them could wait until night (the moon) because it was the only time they could be together. That represents romance in Romeo and Juliet and the moon represents romance in Midsummer Night’s Dream because Theseus can’t wait until the new moon.


  31. January 8th, 2012 at 11:56 pm      Reply elizabethp4 Says:

    The first time that the moon is mentioned in A Midsummer Night’s Dream is when Hippolyta and Theseus are discussing their marriage, and Theseus mentions it in relation to how long until they get married. Also,Hermia’s father, Egeus,complains to Theseus about how Lysander and Hermia are in love because Lysander sang to her in ‘the moonlight’. When Theseus is describing what Hermia’s punishment could be if she decided to directly disobey her father and marry Lysander, he mentions ‘the cold fruitless moon’. He was referring to the goddess Diana, or Artemis, who is the goddess of the moon and chastity. After, Theseus again mentions the moon in relation to time, saying how long Hermia has to decide until she chooses between Demetrius and Lysander. It is also the decided time that Lysander and Hermia would meet in the forest – when the moon rises.

    Shakespeare tends to use the moon as a romantic reference, and not only in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In Romeo and Juliet, he also used the moon as a time for them to meet, for it was very secretive (the middle of the night) and also very romantic. It’s romantic in our current play because marriage is about as romantic as one could get, and Theseus uses the moon to count how much longer until the wedding to his beloved Hippolyta. The moon usually represents the time when lovers are joined or get together, because Romeo and Juliet met then, and Lysander and Hermia are planning to meet then.


  32. January 9th, 2012 at 8:12 pm      Reply sarahb5 Says:

    In the first act of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the moon is referenced a couple times. The first time is when Theseus and Hippolyta are talking about the day they are to be married. Theseus says that the moon is moving so slowly and he wishes it would move faster so he be married. On the other hand, Hippolyta thinks that the moon is moving too fast and she wishes it would slow down so she won’t have to face the dreaded wedding day so soon. The moon is also mentioned when Theseus tells Hermia she only has so much time to choose between Lysander and Demetrius. In this play and in Romeo and Juliet the moon represents a romantic time to meet or join together. Also in both plays it can cause distress like in A Midsummer Night’s Dream the moon tells Hermia how soon she has to make her choice and it tells Hippolyta how soon she has to get married and both of them don’t want to do those things. In Romeo and Juliet it causes distress when Romeo says he will swear by the moon but Juliet doesn’t want him to swear by the moon because it is so inconsistent.


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