History Headscratchers / AMidsummerNightsDream

8th Jul '16 3:03:50 AM NateTheGreat
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* When my school did this, the undpoing of the love spell involved a surreal DisneyAcidSequence puppet dance, so that it was unclear whether Demetrius was still under the spell or not, or at least distracted the audience enough so that they didn't notice.

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* When my school did this, the undpoing undoing of the love spell involved a surreal DisneyAcidSequence puppet dance, so that it was unclear whether Demetrius was still under the spell or not, or at least distracted the audience enough so that they didn't notice.
10th Mar '15 12:57:17 PM Homemaderat
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*** Except Rip met up with ghosts, not fairies.


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** Sometimes older writers didn't always care about continuity issues. Shakespeare is no exception.
15th Oct '13 8:01:50 AM MrDeath
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** Not all folklore. According to other folklore, time passes a lot faster in fairyland--think RipVanWinkle.
15th Oct '13 6:26:57 AM Redmess
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** According to folklore, no time at all passes in fairyland.
12th Sep '13 4:13:03 PM ReaderAt2046
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* Two points: First, Demetrius may be happy for the wrong reasons, but he's still quite contented with Helena. Second, this arrangement allows the other three to be with their loves without any interference, so it might be that Demetrius's free will was considered a necessary sacrifice to ensure that things turned out right for everyone else. Third, as others have pointed out, he did love Helena at some point and still had a degree of affection for her (at least to the point of not wanting her hurt), so the mental damage should be minimal to nonexistent.




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* He saw Helena and Demetrius and happened to feel sorry for Helena. It seems that this brand of fairy is generally beneficent towards mortals under all the pranks and jokes, and helping Helena cost him only the tiniest spark of effort. Basically, it's roughly equivalent to feeling sorry for some homeless person on the street and giving them a dollar.
6th Apr '13 3:57:10 PM Haldo
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* It all happens in one or two days. Shakespeare wasn't sure how long the events would take when he started writing, and he forgot to edit the beginning when he was done.
20th Nov '12 8:43:30 AM MrDeath
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* I think "fairies get involved" probably answers that. Time getting screwy when the fair folk show up is to be expected.
19th Nov '12 7:08:22 PM mythbuster
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[[WMG: Somebody explain the timeline of this story.]]
Start of the play: 4 days before the full moon- Hermia is given the choice between marrying Demetrius, consecration as a perpetual virgin, or death.
Next night: 3 days before the full moon- Hermia and Lysander flee under the cover of night to get married, fairies get involved and resolve the mess.
Morning comes: Full moon and Thesus' wedding day. What happened to the other two days?
5th Oct '12 12:55:26 AM Faradn
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** They did not have sex--in Demetrius and Helena's first conversation he clearly states she is a virgin, specifically that she shouldn't be out in the woods risking the loss of her virginity to rapists. Lysander says Demetrius "made love" to her, which at that time just meant charming someone.
22nd Sep '12 9:54:18 PM NOYB
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* [[{{Pfat 417}} I]] Always figured that fairy morality was incomprehensible to humans, so the reason for his motives was not meant to be figured out.

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* [[{{Pfat 417}} I]] Always always figured that fairy morality was incomprehensible to humans, so the reason for his motives was not meant to be figured out.



** This troper just wonders how long that "happy ending" for the two last. Her last line in the play is to ask her husband why she was lying on the ground with Bottom. Unless he can come up with one really convincing lie, chances are that she'll be suspicious and pick up where they left off.

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** This troper just wonders how long that "happy ending" for the two will last. Her last line in the play is to ask her husband why she was lying on the ground with Bottom. Unless he can come up with one really convincing lie, chances are that she'll be suspicious and pick up where they left off.
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