Act 1, Scene 2 A Midsummer Night's Dream

Purpose: To read Act I, Scene 2 of A Midsummer Night's Dream for dramatic and literary analysis.

Which of AMND's themes are most prominent in Act 1, scene 2? Themes: Love, men vs. women, play-within-a play, dreams, the supernatural.


Elsewhere in Athens, a group of common laborers including Snug (a joiner), Bottom (a weaver), Flute (a bellows-mender), Snout (a tinker), and Starveling (a tailor) meet at the house of Peter Quince, a carpenter. They are meeting about the play they hope to perform as part of the celebration for Theseus and Hippolyta's wedding: The most lamentable comedy and most cruel death of Pyramus and Thisbe. This introduces "the play-within-a-play" aspect.

Act 1, Scene 2 Sample Quote

That will ask some tears in the true performing of it. If I do it, let the audience look to their eyes. I will move storms. I will condole in some measure.—To the rest.—Yet my chief humor is for a tyrant. I could play Ercles rarely, or a part to tear a cat in to make all split.
The raging rocks
And shivering shocks
Shall break the locks
Of prison gates.
And Phoebus' car
Shall shine from far
And make and mar
The foolish Fates.
This was lofty!—Now name the rest of the players.—This is Ercles' vein, a tyrant's vein. A lover is more condoling. (12)