Midsummer Night’s Dream



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Midsummer Night’s Dream
William Shakespeare

A Shakespearian comedy on love, jealousy, foolishness, the power of dreaming and the supernatural. In ancient Athens, Egeus wants to force his daughter Hermia to marry Demetrius, even though she is in love with Lysander. Helena loves Demetrius but he doesn’t love her back. Hermia and Lysander decide to run away, and Demetrius and Helena follow them into the forest, a magical realm ruled by the queen and king of the fairies. Oberon, king of the fairies, sends his henchman Puck out to cause some mischief. Using a magical love potion, Puck causes a game of confusions…

· · c. 1605

Critical edition

Wells, Stanley and Hacket, Hellen, eds. Penguin Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream. Penguin Classics, 2005. 224 pp., ISBN 9780141012605

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  • Classic
  • Explores historical contexts
  • Students can identify with the text
  • Recommended by a federal state: Bavaria, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saxony-Anhalt