a midsummer's nights dream

shakespeare summarized badly
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream: doing weird shit at 2 am
  • Hamlet: dramatic gay makes tough choices
  • Romeo and Juliet: "hating dear old mom and daA-A-A-D"
  • Much Ado About Nothing: dear god they're oblivious
  • Twelfth Night: gender is irrelevant
Conspiracy theory:

When Mercutio lay dying  Queen Mab came and took pity on him, and since she could not heal his wounds she turned him into a fairy and got him a job in the fairy court of a friend of hers.
This also explains why Puck got so annoyed at the players, in his former life he had god knows enough trouble with star crossed lovers!

One of my favorite things about Shakespeare is how he works his stage directions into the dialogue.  Like, in Macbeth, he says the hallucinatory dagger looks as real “as this that I now draw,” so you know he’s meant to be drawing his dagger.  It’s usually nice and subtle.

But I can’t. stop. laughing. at Oberon’s line in Midsummer where he says “I am invisible and will overhear their conference.”  Like.  This regal fae king is just letting you know. That he’s invisible.  So when nobody notices him lurking there… you know.  He’s invisible.  You can see him, because you’re the audience.  But no one else.  I am invisible.

The signs as female Shakespearean characters

Aries: Desdemona (Othello)

Taurus: Cordelia (King Lear)

Gemini: Beatrice (Much Ado About Nothing)

Cancer: Miranda (The Tempest)

Leo: Titania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

Virgo: Juliet (Romeo and Juliet)

Libra: Hermia (A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream)

Scorpio: Lady Macbeth (Macbeth)

Sagittarius: Helena (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

Capricorn: Viola (Twelfth Night)

Aquarius: Katherina (Taming of the Shrew)

Pisces: Ophelia (Hamlet)