Well hello lovelies! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend and are having a great Monday!
As part of the Calendar Girls Book Group, we have a theme each month that prompts us to each choose a book we feel best suits that theme to post about on our blogs on the first Monday of each month. On the third Monday of each month we use hash tag #CGBChat on Twitter to have a rousing discussion about our individual book choices. If this sounds like your cup of tea, visit Flavia’s CGB Update page and let both of these lovely ladies know you would love to join us!
And, without further ado, I present my choice for May’s theme of Best Shakespeare Play:
A Midsummer Night’s Dream will immerse you in a world of puppy love, whimsy, and folly. It will enchant you fantasy. You will find comedy, romance, and faerie tale quaintness.
The Plot: Under Athenian law, Hermia is bound to marry the man of her father’s choice, Demetrius. But she is in love with another, Lysander. Hermia and Lysander choose to run away together rather than allow Hermia to be forced to choose between death and nunnery. Upon telling Hermia’s best friend, Helena, their plans, they are unknowingly followed due to Helena’s betrayal. Helena tells Demetrius, her unrequited love, of the lovers’ aim to escape, and soon finds herself and Demetrius following the lovers deep in to the woods. Unbeknownst to the four, there are mischievous faeries, and a puck, at play in the woods. Once lost and distraught over their situations, they find their circumstances even more foolish and dire when Oberon and Robin Goodfellow, King of the Faeries and his page, decided to intervene with a magical flower of Cupid. When plans go amiss with the enchanted flower, Robin must set things right to help the lovers end up with their intended matches.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream has always been one of my absolute favorite plays! I love the foolishness of the “Athenian rule” and the humor in knowing that these couples are experiencing teenage puppy love and hormones. And, of course, my favorite thing about the play is the FAERIES!
(Titania and Oberon by Josephine Wall)
The play offers brief mild heartache, humor, faerie folly, romance, a girl fight, and probably one of literature’s earliest examples of the love triangle trope. It’s foolish and brilliant all at once. And, with the play within a play, it is quite satirical and amusing.
If all this wasn’t enough, I remember my drama club in High School performing this play. I have fond memories from that time. I am also a little biased since this play was performed in one of my favorite movies, The Dead Poet’s Society. But, besides my biased opinions, and the opinions already stated, this play is one of Shakespeare’s more lighthearted and lyrical plays. And, it also houses a very favorite quote of mine,
“And though she be but little, she is fierce.” (Shakespeare).