This is the 5th and final posting for A Midsummer Night's Dream and is due before class starts on Friday, May 23.
In A Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare presents us with an unusual and fantastic series of events as fairies and mortals mix in the mysterious woods just outside Athens. The four lovers and the mechanicals each undergo their own experience with the fairy world. However, different characters provide varying takes on the night's strange happenings. Consider the following three reactions/explanations by different characters:
- Nick Bottom awakes from his dream, his "most rare vision," and offers one explanation at the end of Act IV, scene 1.
- At the beginning Act V, Duke Theseus explains to Hippolyta what he thinks of the situation in the woods.
- And finally, Puck re-appears with his own suggestion for the audience in the closing lines of Act V.
Of the three reactions/explanations, choose one that you believe the most significant or closest to how you might try to explain what happened in the woods. Whom do you believe the most? Bottom, Theseus, or Puck? Why? Point to specific lines from the play to help make your point.