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Heartwarming / A Midsummer Night's Dream

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  • Theseus has asked what performances are available for the night's festivities. He reads and rejects each possibility until reaching the Mechanicals' offering of Pyramus and Thisbe. The description as being "merry and tragical" as well as "tedious and brief" amuses him, so he asks more about it. Philostrate explains that simple craftsman of the town have put together an absolutely absurd rendition of the play, so bad that he had to laugh at how bad it is. But he concludes with the admittance that they worked hard to put this together to entertain Theseus. This warms Theseus' heart, and he responds: "I will hear that play, for never anything can be amiss, when simpleness and duty tender it."
    • And it turns out that the entire court has a great time watching the play, both for the MST3K-style mocking they get to do, but also because they can see the Mechanicals' sincerity and enthusiasm.
    • The scholar Stephen Greenblatt said that the entire Mechanicals' plotline was a love letter from William Shakespeare to the theater world. Mechanicals such as tinkers, tailors, weavers, and carpenters may not be as lauded as actors and writers, but their work is just as important to make theater happen.
  • This moment right before Act 4: Hermia is wandering alone in the woods, completely exhausted and still recovering from the terrible things Lysander said to her and the way he treated her. She's unaware that he was enchanted, and believes that he suddenly started hating her for no reason. And still, the last thing she says before falling asleep is: "Heavens shield Lysander if they mean a fray!", i.e., she's worried about him and doesn't want him to get hurt fighting Demetrius.
  • The way the 1999 film adaptation portrays the scene where Theseus overrules Egeus's requests and proclaims that Hermia can marry Lysander if she wants to. Through the entire movie, Hippolyta has been distant from Theseus, strongly implying that she's not as stoked to marry him as he is to marry her. It's also hinted that she feels sympathy to Hermia for being forced to marry someone she doesn't love. Before making the proclamation, Theseus takes Hippolyta aside and confers with her, before giving Hermia the right to choose her own husband. At this point, Hippolyta warms up to Theseus, seeing that he not only would let the lovers be together, but asked for her input on the matter.
  • The 2016 Russell T. Davies film crams quite a few of these into the final five minutes:
    • With Theseus no longer present to mock the Mechanicals, the rest of the audience can express how much they appreciate and are moved by the performance, and especially by Thisbe's final speech. Hippolyta is moved to tears.
    • The liberation of Hippolyta, and her ascent to the ceiling culminating in a Big Damn Kiss with Titania.
    • Titania smiling and slyly waving at Bottom in acknowledgement of their night together. He's delighted, particularly since he has been frustrated and upset trying to remember what passed. Then her fairies surround him, without any of the reluctance that they showed earlier in the film.
    • The fairies ripping up the fascist flags and using them as celebratory streamers, as well as relieving the guardsmen of their weapons and face-covering helmets and convincing them to be free.
    • Flute seemingly finding love with an Athens guardsman.
    • While Demetrius is dancing with Helena, Puck puts the antidote to the love-magic in his eyes. He looks at her for a moment... and then moves in to kiss her of his own free will, proving that he loves her genuinely even without the spell.
  • While the results are rather disastrous, Oberon of all people felt genuinely sorry for the way Helena was being mistreated, and wished to help her.