When you first read the plays title it has social meanings and literal meanings. The title “ A Midsummer Night’s Dream” lets the reader know that the play is about a midnight dream during the middle of the summer. That’s what’s so significant about the plays title.
The Genre of the play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is a comedy. It is a comedy because of the obstacles it faces in the script that would be common in a Shakespeare comedy. Misdirected love would be the first and the parental disapproval due to the love for one another. This play is a comedy because it doesn’t focus on the emotions of the characters but focuses more on the situations the characters are put in. For example, Hermia is in love with Lysander even though she is in love with Lysander Hermia’s father Egeus wants her to marry Demetrius. This puts her in sort of a blind because now if she disobeys her father Egeus she will be exiled and then could even be sentenced to death. Too add Helena loves Demetrius but Demetrius loves Hermia, but everything goes left when both Lysander and Demetrius start to fall in love with Helena.
There are two different areas for the physical settings of this play. One area that was used in the beginning of the play and the end of the play was the court and city of Athens in ancient Greece. The second setting comes from the middle of the play in a forest area nearby. The time period of this play would have to be back in 1595 and 1596.
The plot of the play, the duke of Athens is going to get married Hippolyta, she is the queen of the Amazons. But before the marriage there is a four day event planned full of festivities. During the four days Egeus an Athenian nobleman who marches to the court of Theseus with his daughter Hermia so she can marry Demetrius. But Hermia is currently in love with Lysander. Hermia can not disobey her father Egeus because she can be exiled or even sentenced to death if she doesn’t marry Demetrius. Hermia does not have much time to decide who she is going to marry. She has until the wedding of Theseus and Hippolyta to decide if she is going to respect her father Egeus wishes and marry Demetrius or she is going to marry Lysander the man she loves and face the consequences that may come along with it. Hermia and Lysander come up with a plan to escape her father Egeus and run away to lysander aunts house who lives in a very distance city of Athens and their going to marry each other there. Hermina tells her friend Helena who happens to be the ex fiancé of Demetrius. Hermia tells Demetrius with hopes that she falls in love with her again. When the time was right for Lysander and Hermina to escape Demetrius runs into the woods after them with hopes to find them. Theseus and Hippolyta then discover that they are all in the forest. Theseus and Hippolyta then brings them back to the city. Puck then makes everything right and now Lysander is back in love with Hermina and Demetrius is now in love with Helena. Next they both get married and are watching the Athenian craftsman perform the play. They play they perform is a comedy and is very funny. Puck then apologizes to everyone for everything that has happened and wants everyone to think of it as a dream.