字幕列表 影片播放 列印英文字幕 Hi, Everyone! My name is Kyle, and I'm here To talk about A Midsummer Night's Dream One of Shakespeare's most well known, and well received comedies. It's a tale of love, magic, and wacky misunderstandings and a bit of beastiality... This play has a lot going on, which coupled with Shakespeare's heightened language can be... Overwhelming My goal is to simplify things for you So... Let's get started! Now, Midsummer has oodles of characters, but for brevity's sake, here are the only ones you really need to care about First are the four young Athenian lovers All full of hormones, and feelings and poor life choices. There's the handsome Lysander, The suave Demetrius, The beautiful Hermia... and Helena. *sigh* Hermia and Lysander are madly in love, but Hermia's father isn't on board, as he's already arranged for her to marry Demetrius who, of course, is also wildly in love with her. Helena, meanwhile, is obsessively in love with Demetrius but, sadly, nobody loves Helena. Next we have the faries living in a forest outside of Athens. There's the fairy queen, Titania, with her many loyal servants, And the fairy king, Oberon, with his one obnoxious sidekick, Puck. The fairy king and queen once ruled together, but have recently split up after what is essentially a custody dispute over a small human child. and finally, we have the Mechanicals a group of blue-collar workers who have formed a small theatre troup set to perform a play at the wedding of the future Duke and Duchess of Athens. For our purposes, the only one worth mentioning is Nick Bottom. A weaver, and a pompous dunce who plays the lead role in the troupe's production but we'll get to him later. Are you ready for this? Because I'm not sure I am... *deep inhale* Hermia disregards her father's wishes and runs off to elope with lysander Demetrius, having lost his would be wife, chases after them, and Helena being her desperate self, comes along for the ride and before long the four naive lovers find themselves lost in the woods Meanwhile, Oberon, seeking petty revenge instructs puck to enchant Titania with a love potion that will make her fall head over heels for the first thing she lays eyes on. Then, feeling pity after witnessing Helena's failed attempts at courtship, he orders Puck to enchant Demetrius as well. Here's where the fun starts. First, Puck goes to pour pour some love juice on Demetrius, but WHOOPS! Since he doesn't actually know what Demetrius looks like, he accidentally who forgets Hermia exists, and becomes instantly smitten with Helena. Then, attempting to fix Puck's mistake, Oberon enchants Demetrius as well, meaning that both men have now fallen in love with the once loveless Helena Unfortunately, this leads to an insulted Helena believing that the men have joined forces to mock her, a furious, and love stricken Lysander and Demetrius ready to fight to the death for Helena's hand, and a jealous and heart broken Hermia prepared to gouge Helena's eyes out. So yeah... Things didn't really go according to plan. On the other hand, phase two of Oberon's scheme goes off without a hitch when Titanis wakes up, and becomes infatuated with Bottom the Weaver Who, by the way... Now has the head of a donkey thanks to Puck. So... That happens. ANYWAY Hijinks are had, laughs are shared and Oberon runs of with the child. Mission Accomplished! Still, there is the problem of the Athenian lovers all trying to murder each other. First there's Lysander and Demetrius, which Puck solves by disguising his voice and drawing the two men as far away from each other as possible. Then, there's Helena and Hermia which Helena solves by being a coward, and running away. Satisfied with the results of his scheme, and tired of dealing with the Athenians Oberon puts everyone to sleep, restores Bottom to his normal form and ensures that the Athenian lovers are all with their proper mates. The play concludes with the wedding of the two couples, along with the Duke and Duchess Followed by a hilarious farcical play within a play performed by the mechanicals, and topped off with a wonderful speech delivered to the audience by Puck... *gasps for air* And that about covers it. Hopefully, when you go to read the play and you WILL read it. You'll be able to use this video to help keep track of what's what. Thanks for watching, and let me know what other plays you'd like to see abridged.