I miss those times when I was still taking a Shakespeare subject, and one of the stories that I will never forget is Midsummer Night’s Dream. You know, the one about the political nobles, middle class workers and laborers and supernatural beings unified in a unique and amusing comedy story. Instead of the conventional love triangle, it becomes a love quadrangle for Lysander, Hermia, Helena and Demetrius!
One interesting fact about this play is that it incorporates three distinct plots embodied in three different worlds which tie up a unified theme or idea. The three worlds include (a) young lovers in the court of Theseus (b) world of Oberon and Titania and (c) the artisan’s world. The comedy starts when they all meet in the woods where laws are totally suspended, and a character named Puck messes up with them. A tangled love affair!
I will never forget when Lysander said ‘the course of true love never did run smooth…’ to Hermia, it is my favorite line in the play.
So why Midsummer Night’s Dream? In his epilogue, Puck said that all mistakes he made during the course of time should be forgotten and should be thought as a dream.