First performed around 1596, Shakespeare’s comic fantasy of four lovers who find themselves bewitched by fairies is a sly reckoning with love, jealousy and marriage. For centuries it’s been one of Shakespeare’s most beloved plays. Read a character analysis of Puck, plot summary, and important quotes.
Read a Plot Overview of the entire play or a scene by scene Summary and Analysis.
Here's where you'll find analysis about the play as a whole, from the major themes and ideas to analysis of style, tone, point of view, and more.
Find the quotes you need to support your essay, or refresh your memory of the play by reading these key quotes.
Quotes by Section
- Act I, scene i
- Act I, scene ii
- Act II, scene i
- Act II, scene ii
- Act III, scene i
- Act III, scenes ii–iii
- Act IV, scene i
- Act IV, scene ii
- Act V, scenes i–epilogue
Test your knowledge of A Midsummer Night’s Dream with our quizzes and study questions, or go further with essays on the context and background and links to the best resources around the web.
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