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A Midsummer Night's Dream Lesson Plan

Introduction to A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream is a comedy written by William Shakespeare, most likely first produced in 1595. The play follows three intertwining stories. The first is that of four mismatched lovers: Hermia, who loves Lysander; Lysander, who loves Hermia; Demetrius, who loves Hermia and has been chosen by her father to be her husband; and Helena, Hermia's friend, who was once engaged to and was madly in love with Demetrius. In the woods, they encounter—without their knowledge—the King and Queen of the Fairies, Oberon and Titania, and Oberon's servant, the fairy Puck. While Oberon is taking magical revenge on his wife, he ends up interfering with the love lives of the four in bizarre and...

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