The first act of is the introduction to the main issue in the play. The opening scene is of Theseus and his future wife is talking about how excited they are to get married. The first scene follows the two to the court where they meet Egus, Hermia, Lysander and Demetrius all distressed and upset. The main act is basically about how Egus does not want his daughter to marry Lysander and wants to marry Hermia with a passion. However, Hermia’s father, Egus wants Hermia to marry Demetrius who is deeply in “love” with Hermia. But Hermia does not want anything to do with Demetrius. So, Shakespeare is setting up the conflict in the first act and also includes Lysander and Hermia’s plan to run away into the woods to escape Hermia’s nunnery or marriage sentence. However, Hermia makes the mistake by telling Helena her and Lysander’s plans. The second act is the set up of Quince organizing the play that him and a couple of men from the city are to perform at Theseus’ wedding to Hypolita. Quince divvies up the parts to all of the characters in the play, including a fairly egotistical future main character, Bottom.
The second act is really where all the action begins. The first scene opens up with Puck and a fairy talking and the fairy really telling the reader and audience how much Puck is really a mischievous troublemaker. Then the scene goes into Titania and Oberon being introduced as rivals and ex-lovers. Oberon and Titania are both fairy royalty and are arguing over the right to have a sweet Indian boy. Both want the boy and Oberon REALLY wants him and swears to possess the boy and get back at Titania. “Well go thy way: thou shalt not from this grove till I torment thee for this injury.” The rest of the scene is really about Oberon instructing his little sidekick; Puck to get a magical flower that secretes a juice that acts as a love potion. Oberon gets Puck to get the flower and also ends up confusing Hermia with Helena and makes Lysander “fall in...
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