Kw-logo-smaller

Kidz Notes - A Midsummer's Night's Dream

Shakespeare can be downright confusing, but that won't stop your teacher from making you read his stuff. Kidzworld's got the 411 you need to understand this famous play by William Shakespeare.

A Midsummer Night's Dream - Major Characters

  • THESEUS - Duke of Athens
  • EGEUS - Hermia's dad
  • LYSANDER - In love with Hermia
  • DEMETRIUS - Also in love with Hermia
  • PHILOSTRATE - Master of the Revels to Theseus
  • QUINCE - The carpenter
  • SNUG - The joiner (a kind of carpenter)
  • BOTTOM - The weaver
  • FLUTE - The bellows-mender
  • SNOUT - The door-to-door metal repairman
  • STARVELING - The tailor
  • HIPPOLYTA - Queen of the Amazons, engaged to Theseus
  • HERMIA - Egeus' daughter who is in love with Lysander
  • HELENA - In love with Demetrius
  • OBERON - King of the Fairies
  • TITANIA - Queen of the Fairies
  • PUCK or ROBIN GOODFELLOW - A Fairy

Setting: Athens

A Midsummer Night's Dream - Summary

Act One - Scene One: The play opens with Theseus looking forward to marrying Hippolyta. Hermia's dad, Egeus, arrives on the scene and he's choked that his daughter loves Lysander and not Demetrius (who he likes better). Hermina refuses to listen to her dad so they ask the local wise man, Theseus. He says that Hermina must either marry Demetrius or remain unmarried forever. Theseus says Hermina should be given some time to think about it.
Hermina's former friend, Helena, arrives. She wants to get with Demetrius. Hermina tells Helena to chill out - she doesn't want to marry Demetrius anyway. She let's Helena in on her plan to run away into the woods with Lysander. Then Helena (talking to herself - soap opera style) says that she will tell Demetrius about Hermina and Lysander's plan to run away. Helena thinks this will help her get on Demetrius' good side - she's not the brightest girl.

Act One - Scene Two: Now the play takes place at the carpenter, Peter Quince's house. He and his tradesmen pals (Snug, Flute and Bottom) are rehearsing the play they are going to perform at Theseus and Hippolyta's wedding. It's pretty funny, cuz these guys sooo aren't professional actors.

For the summary of scenes two through five click here.

Related Stories:
6 Comments

latest videos

Shakespeare-poll

Fave Shakespeare Play?

  • Romeo and Juliet.
  • Macbeth.
  • Othello.
  • The Taming of the Shrew.

related stories

Micro_hailee-micro
Kidzworld got to know friendly “Romeo and Juliet” teen actress Hailee Steinfeld and we talked rom...
Let's face it Shakespeare is hard to read. Check out this cheat sheet that will interpret those b...
Let's face it Shakespeare is hard to read. Check out this cheat sheet that will interpret those b...
William Shakespeare has been dead for almost 400 years but he's still as famous as ever. He has w...

Random in the forums

-Karpov-
-Karpov- posted in Debating:
"Boysrock50" wrote:If it's causing pain/death then I'd try to avoid it as much as possible Even if it's the almost guaranteed pain/death of mice & rats is it still bad if it provides immense benefits towards people and higher animals? 
reply 7 minutes
-Karpov-
-Karpov- posted in Say Anything:
It could mean a lot of things. Look up anhedonia. You're probably just a little burnt out if this is the only issue.  
reply 17 minutes
Heyyyyy_
Heyyyyy_ posted in Debating:
u can have a boyfriend i mean idc but in love? u dont kno wht love is yet. u kno how it feels to like someone, but tht doesnt mean ur in love.
reply 42 minutes
vinyl
vinyl posted in Debating:
"Flitterfrost" wrote:Well, yeah...if you are talking about romantic love. You can have a boyfriend who is a boy-friend as in a boy who is your friend. But I don't think you start having actual "boyfriend" boyfriends until you are older. What, at your age, your sharing animal crackers and Capri Suns? No, thats not truly a relationship. That is a child having a crush.  sharing animal crackers and caprisuns huh? nu. dats 5 years olds. :P 
reply about 1 hour
Flitterfrost
Flitterfrost posted in Debating:
No, I don't believe so. When you're dead, you stay dead. There is nothing. You are gone. End of story.
reply about 1 hour

play online games