The play is lyrical in tone and masquelike in movement. It lacks the graver undertones
that are audible in Shakespeare's later comedies : it
is a dream, a jest, a presentation of the comic irresponsibility of young love.
The play opens with Theseus and Hippolyta, two aristocrats living in
In the second act appears on the scene the
Puck's ure, a sprite that serves Oberon. Also appears Titania that quarrels
with Oberon ; he talks of a magical essence that he is
going to pour to Titania's eyes while she's sleeping to fall in love with the
first man that she's going to see when she wakes up. Oberon's purpose is to
have the e as a present from Titania, Demetrius appears followed by
In the second part of the act there are the rehearsals of the comedy for Theseus an Hippolyta's marriage. When these rehearsals are taking place a sprite, called Puck, who moves between the human and the fairy world, Oberon's servant, turns by joke Bottom, the leading actor into a donkey. He does that in order to show Oberon, Titania's husband, that the previous spell to his wife had been effective. The other comics run away whereas Titania courts insistently the unwilling Bottom : this is the end of the first scene.
In the second one Puck comes back to Oberon for
disclosing the result about this second spell but he finds out that the goal of
his mission wasn't that. A quarrel between Hermia and Helena, two big friends,
starts because both Lysander, Hermia's lover, and Demetrius love