Essay Question

It is perhaps the nature of their type for comedies to poke fun at people and hold them up as fools. It is safe, within the context of a story, for us to laugh at someone else's pain, mistakes, and general foolishness. It's not us, and we're glad for that, so we laugh.

True to form, then, A Midsummer Night's Dream holds up a number of characters as fools. While one character in particular is made an obvious fool, many others appear as embarrassingly foolish in the course of the play's events. Your job in this essay is to apply your analysis to this question of fools: Who, in your mind, is the biggest fool in A Midsummer Night's Dream? Consider at least three characters and how they are foolish, and select one of them as the biggest fool in the play.

Requirements & Details to note
  • This should be at least five paragraphs long, in MLA format.
  • Your evidence will need to be specific events in the play. I'd like you to use, minimum, three quotes.
  • We'll write more than one draft, so plan on working on it for a while.


Act II Scene 1 changes

In your groups you are abbreviating and presenting parts of this scene. Below you'll find the full scripts for your section.





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The breakdown of scenes.

Key Lines

Sheehy's Midsummer Night's Dream LP

Create a much shortened version of Act II Scene 2 (pp. 28-34). Use 10-15 actual lines or passages from the play to capture the essential action.