Midsummer Night’s Dream
The action takes place in Athens. The ruler of Athens bears the name of Theseus, one of the most popular heroes of ancient traditions about the conquest by the Greeks of the warrior tribe of women – Amazons. On the queen of this tribe, Ippolite, and Theseus marries. The play, apparently, was created for the performance on the occasion of the wedding of some high-ranking persons.
There are preparations for the wedding of the Duke of Theseus and the Queen of the Amazons of Hippolytus, which is to take place on the night of the full moon. To the palace of the duke is the angry Aegeus, the father of Hermia, who accuses Lysander of enchanting his daughter and insidiously making her love him, while she is already promised
In the forest near Athens, the king of fairies and elves Oberon and his wife queen Titania quarrel over the child Titania adopted, and Oberon wants to take himself to make a page. Titania refuses to submit to the will of her husband and leaves with the elves. Oberon asks the mischievous elf Pack (Good Little Robin) to bring him a small flower, which dropped the arrow of Cupid, after he missed “in the Westlings reigning in the West” (a hint of Queen Elizabeth). If the eyelids sleep with the juice of this flower, then, waking up, he will fall in love with the first living being that he sees. Oberon wants to make Titania fall in love with some wild animal and forget about the boy. Peck flies away in search of a flower, and Oberon becomes an invisible witness to the conversation between Elena and Demetrius, who is looking for Hermione and Lysandra in the forest, and rejects with disdain his former beloved. When Pack returns with the flower, Oberon instructs him to find Demetrius, whom he describes as a “haughty rake” in Athenian robes, and to grease his eyes, but so that while awake with him, there is a beauty in love with him. Finding the sleeping Titania, Oberon squeezes the flower juice on her eyelids. Lizandra and Hermia got lost in the woods and also lay down to rest, at Hermia’s request, away from each other, because “for a young man with a girl the shame of a man does not allow intimacy…”. Pak, taking Lysander for Demetrius, drips the juice into his eyes. There is Elena, from which Demetrius fled, and stopping to rest, wakes Lysander, who immediately falls in love with her. Elena believes that he mocks her, and runs away, and Lizandra,
Near the place where Titania slept, the company of the craftsmen gathered for rehearsal. At the suggestion of Fundamentals, who is very concerned that, God forbid, not frighten the ladies-spectators, the play is written with two prologues – the first that Pyram does not kill himself at all and he is not really Piram, but the weaver is the Foundation, and the second – that the Lion is not a lion at all, but the carpenter Milyaga. Shalun Pack, who watches with interest the rehearsal, bewitches the Bottom: now the weaver has an ass’s head. Friends, having accepted the basis for a werewolf, run away in fear. At this time, Titania wakes up and, looking at the Base, says: “Your image captivates you.” I love you. Follow me! ” Titania encourages the four elves – Mustard Grain, Sweet Peas, Spiderweb and Moth – and orders them to serve “their own sweet.” Oberon enthusiastically listens to Pack’s story, As Titania fell in love with the monster, but very dissatisfied, learning that the elf sprinkled a magical juice in Lizandra’s eyes, and not Demetrius. Oberon lulls Demetrius and corrects Pak’s mistake, which, on the orders of his lord, lures Elena closer to the sleeping Demetrius. Hardly waking up, Demetrius begins to swear in love with the one that he rejected with contempt. Elena, however, is convinced that both young people, Lizandra and Demetrius, are mocked at her: “There’s no power to listen to mockery!” In addition, she believes that Hermias is with them at the same time, and bitterly reproaches her friend for guile. Shocked by the rude insults of Lysandra, Hermione blames Elena for being a fraud and thief who stole Lysander’s heart from her. Word for word – and she is already trying to scratch Elena’s eyes. Young people – now rivals, seeking Elena’s love – are removed, to decide in a duel which of them has more rights. Pak is delighted with all this confusion, but Oberon orders him to take both duelists deeper into the forest, imitating their voices, and knock them out of the way, “so that they can not find each other.” When Lizandra, exhausted, falls off her feet and falls asleep, Paek squeezes the juice of the plant on his eyelids – the antidote to the flower of love. Elena and Demetrius are also put to sleep nearby.
Seeing Titania, asleep next to the Basis, Oberon, who by this time had already acquired a child he liked, pities her and touches her eyes with an antidote flower. The queen of fairies wakes up with the words: “My Oberon, what can we dream about! I dreamed that I fell in love with an ass!” The pack, on the orders of Oberon, returns to the Foundation his own head. The elven lords fly away. In the forest there are hunting Theseus, Hippolyta and Aegeus, They find sleeping young people and wake them up. Already free from the action of the love potion, but still stunned, Lizandra explains that she and Hermia fled to the forest from the rigors of the Athenian laws, Demetrius also admits that “The Passion, the Purpose and the Joy of the Eyes are Now Not Hermia, but the Darling Elena.” Theseus announces that two more couples will be married today with them and Hippolytus, after which it is removed together with the retinue. The awakened Basis leaves for Pigwa’s house, where friends are eagerly awaiting him. He gives the actors the latest instructions: “Fisba let put on clean clothes,” and Leo does not want to cut off his nails – they must look out from under the skin like claws.
Theses marvel at the strange story of lovers. “Mad, lovers, poets – Everything from fantasies is created by some,” he says. The amusement manager Philostratus presents him with a list of entertainments. The Duke chooses a play of artisans: “There can never be too bad, That devotion humbly suggests.” Under the ironic comments of the audience, Pigwa reads the prologue. Snout explains that he is the Wall through which Pyram and Fisbah talk, and is therefore lime-smeared. When the Pirame Found is looking for a crack in the Wall to look at the beloved, Snout relieves his fingers helpfully. Leo appears and explains in verse that he is not real. “What a gentle animal,” Theseus admires, “and what a reasonable one!” Amateur actors shamelessly misinterpret the text and say a lot of stupid things, rather than amuse their noble spectators. Finally the play is over. Everyone diverge – it’s already midnight, a magic hour for lovers. Appears Pak, he and the rest of the elves first sing and dance, and then, by order of Oberon and Titania, fly around the palace to bless the newlyweds’ beds. Paek addresses the audience: “If I could not amuse you, It’s easy for you to fix everything: Imagine you fell asleep And before you dreams flashed.”