A Midsummer Night’s Dream
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A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1590-1597) | Written by: William Shakespeare | Published by: Folger
A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
Thug Notes Summary & Analysis
Sup G? This week we squeezin dat love joose with A Midsummer Nights Dream by William Shakespeare.
It’s only fo’ days til’ Theseus gonna marry his baby-dip Hippolyta. While they gettin they sh** togetha, some homeboy named Egeus roll up with his daughter Hermia and two Atheninan bruthas named Demetrius and Lysander who BOTH tryna holla at dat ass. Egeus tell Hermia “you gonna marry Demetrius or I’ll have you put DOWN. Das the law, girl. Straight up.” Theseus like “Psh. Yeah or you can go become a nun.” Thing is, Hermia jonezin’ fo’ summodat Lysander- lovin’, so she and her boytoy are all like “fu** this. Let’s peace out to da woods and get hitched on the DL.”
Jus’ as they breakin down the plan, Homegirl Helena drop in. This girl so hot for Demetrius’s D that he snitch on Hermia jus’ to score some favor wit D-money. Fool don’t give a fu** bout Helena tho, and decide to go take a dump on their plan.
Meanwhile there be a group o’ po-ass scrubs who bout to put on a play called Pyramus and Thisbe. A homie wit da stoopid name of Bottom gets cast as Pyramus and they decide to hit da woods to get they rehearse on.
Up in da woods where dere be a bunch of freeky deeky faeries n’ sh** we meet da Fairy King Oberon, his biddy Titania, and some punk- ass joker named Puck.
Oberon beefin wit his wife bout a lil Indian boy they adopted. Oberon like “Bitch gimme my lil Indian boy” but girl ain’t backin down. Oberon wanna put Titania’s ass in check fo’ talkin back, so Oberon hit up Puck and axe him to get some flower joose that makes people fall in love with da first person they see, cuz he wanna make Titania look like a fool.
Oberon peep Demetrius actin’ like a real dick to Helena, so he tell Puck to help a sistah out and po up some of dat potion in the Athenian’s eyes, cuz he want Demetrius to start lovin’ Helena instead of hatin’. Then Oberon squeeze summodat love joose on Titania’s FACE hopin’ she’ll fall in love with a pig o’ somethin. When Puck see an Athenian, he get the drop on him and po’ one out- problem is, Puck dumped dat sh** on LYSANDER’S face. When dat brutha wake up, he immediately fall balls deep in love with Helena and stops givin two sh**s bout Hermia. Helena think he actin’ like an dick jus’ cuz she ain’t as fine as Hemia, so she bounces.
Later, Puck drop in to watch Bottom and da crew rehearse da play. Bottom trippin so hard at da acting game dat Puck gives him an ass- head… cuz if he gonna act like an ass, might as well look like one. Then Bottom roll past Titania, and she immediately falls in love with his ugly-ass self.
Puck realize he mighta boned up wit Demetrius, so he squirts love sauce on D-Money’s face and guess who he fall in love with? Helena!
Now Lysander AND Demetrius got it bad fo Helena, even tho back then they didn’t want her. When Lysander and Demetrius bout to throw down, Puck like “Alright I gotta fix this mega fu** up.” So Puck busts out a fog to make em all lost, lifts da spell from Lysander, and makes em think all dat crazy sh** was just a dream. After Oberon gets his Indian boy back, Puck makes Titania and Bottom normal again.
When Theseus and Hippolyta drop in, and get word dat all da lovers lovin’ right, Thesus tell Egeus to jus’ chill. Plus, Thesus gonna have errybody get married togetha! So da marriage goes down and da scrubs put on da play- which SUCKS so bad erryone yuckin’ it up. Then errybody leaves, cept Puck, who say “Look. If you ain’t feelin what you just saw, then don’t trip, cuz it coulda all been a dream.”
Open up dem eyes, son, cuz here comes da love JOOSE!! Da play dem scrubs tryna put on, Pyramus and Thisbe, is pretty damn similar to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Both plays bout forbidden love cuz of family beef, fatal fu**-ups, and double lova suicide. So when Egeus’s bitch-ass say he gonna ice his own daughter if she marry da wrong man, what da audience hearin is basically: “Hold up y’all! sh**’s bout to get tragic up in here!”
Cept it don’t end up dat way.
Instead, all da characters keep boning sh** up- like Puck po’in up da love potion in da wrong peoples eyes.
Man, at da end, dem band o bustahs even try to give a tragic performance of Pyramus and Thisbe, but jack it up so bad it’s like they straight clownin’; and then errybody gets married. So instead of a tragedy, we get a straight up comedy with a happy ending. Naw mean?
Dis play always talkin big game bout love. But this ain’t no “love is forever” Hallmark bullsh**. Naw. In fact, Midsummer usually preachin’ da opposite: love is fickle and can make you act like a damn fool. I mean jus’ look at da sh** that go down in dis play- a queen fall in love with a donkey- head brutha, and a girl go from bein a nasty hood rat to bein’ da da mos’ tappable ass in town.
In short, love is some crazy ass sh**. So crazy dat if you try to make sense of it.. Ain’t gonna happen yo – Sparky reads quote: “Methinks, mistress, you should have little reason for that. And yet, to say the truth, reason and love keep little company together nowadays
On da real, reason ain’t got nothin to do with love. If you just tryna slang reason at errything that come yo way, you ain’t gonna be able to experience da power of love, the subtlety of art, and what it means to live and dream, playa.
Like Bottom say after his head get normal and he pull his dick outta da fairy queen:
Sparky reads quote: I have had a dream, / past the wit of man to say what dream it was. Man is but an ass if he go about to expound this dream. Methougth I was – there is / no man can tell what.
Love, life, and dreams can take us
to places we never thought possible and show us experiences that are so sweet dat we can’t even describe em.
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