A Midsummer Night's Dream:

"When thou wakest, it is thy dear:
Wake when some vile thing is near. (22)"

Purpose: To read and reflect on Act II, Scene ii of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Setting the stage: Titania asks the faeries to sing her to sleep. In a parallel circumstance, Lysander and Hermia fall asleep in the woods... What do Oberon and Puck do in this time to affect both worlds? What is the potential for comedy?

Key Vocabulary:

1. dissemble [di SEM bull] - v. - to pretend

He dissembled happiness at the news that his old girlfriend was getting married--to someone else.

2. flout [FLOUT] - v. - to mock Despite repeated warnings, they have continued to flout the law.

Act II Guided Reading Questions

Act II

  • Why is Oberon angry with his queen?
  • On what mission does Oberon send Puck?
  • Upon overhearing Demetrius and Helena, what does Oberon command Puck to do?
  • Upon whose eyes does Puck apply the potion?
  • When he wakes up, who does Lysander see and love?6. What is Helena's reaction to Lysander's words of love?
  • To where has Lysander disappeared when Hermia awakes?
  • Analyze the character of Puck (Robin Goodfellow). Think of two traits for him with evidence from the play to support. What kind of mood does he create?

Which of the Themes are prevalent in Act 2?