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Midsummer's Night's Dream

Shakespeare's fantasy fairy world is the setting for Midsummer's Night's Dream


Titania, Queen of the Fairies, has a spell cast over her by her husband Oberon, making her fall in love with the next "thing" she sees. Unfortunately, the man bottom has been enchanted and given an ass's head, and he is the first item Titania sees upon awakening. (painting: Fuseli's "Titania and Bottom" courtesy artmagick.com)


In the play within the play, Shakespeare features the Thisbe and Pyramus romance. The scene is based on the ancient story about Thisbe and Pyramus whose parents forbid them seeing each other. They exchanged wedding vows through a crack in the wall between their gardens. The painting here is JW Waterhouse's "Thisbe" (courtesy of artmagick.com).

The play contains the typical feature of a play within a play with the Thisbe section. Yet the play is much more than that--it contains romance, comedy, and even violence when a lion attacks. Puck, the bewitching male fairy who loves to create mischief, is featured here, as are Oberon, king of the fairies, and the beautiful Queen Titania (the fairy queen--not to be confused with Queen Elizabeth I).