Summary of Much Ado About Nothing: In Messina, as Don Pedro, the Prince of Arragon, and his officers return

from a recently concluded war, a message comes to Leonato that the prince intends to visit his house for a month. The Duke’s party arrives with Count Claudio, who had before the war been attracted by Leonato’s only daughter, Hero. Another of the visitors is Benedick, a bachelor, who enjoys speaking his mind in witty argument with Hero’scousin and companion, the Lady Beatrice. Leonato holds a masked ball to celebrate the end of the war and the engagement of Claudio to Hero is arranged while the Duke’s brother, Don John, resenting the celebrations, seeks a way to spoil the general happiness. Don John plots with the soldiers, Borachio and Conrade, to deceive Claudio into believing Hero is false to him. As a result a trick is carried out with the unwitting assistance of Hero’s maid, Margaret, who talks from Hero’s bedroom window with Borachio at night while Claudio and the Duke watch secretly from a distance, under the delusion that the girl at the window is Hero. Hero and Don Pedro meanwhile are convinced that Benedick and Beatrice are ideal partners and by means of overheardconversations the two realise they do indeed love one another. At the wedding Claudio denounces Hero and leaves her apparently dead from shock, while her father, Beatrice and Benedick, amazed at the situation, decide that with the aid of the priest. Hero’s recovery should be concealed until her name can be cleared. Help is at hand as the village constable, Dogberry, and his assistants have arrested Borachio and Conrade after overhearing them boasting of their deception of Claudio and the Duke. The play comes to a joyful conclusion when Dogberry’s information is, eventually, after some difficulty, given to Leonato and Don Pedro. Claudio agrees to accept Leonato’s ‘niece’ whom he has never met, in place of Hero, whom he believes has been killed by his slander. The ‘niece’ turns out to be Hero, and as the lovers are reunited Benedick and Beatrice announce that they will share the wedding day. Don John has been captured while trying to escape and is left for future trial while the play ends with a merry dance. Summary of A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Theseus, the Duke of Athens, is preparing for his marriage to Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, A courtier seeks the Duke’s intervention because his daughter, Hermia, will not agree to his choice of Demetrius as a husband: she’s

who is in love with Demetrius. to get a flower whose juice has the power to make people fall in love with the first creature they see when the juice is placed on their eyelids while asleep. she falls in love with the ass and entertains him with her fairies. On waking. is to play the lover. Oberon puts magic juice on his eyes so that both he and Lysander pursue Helena until the fourlovers fall asleep. they agree to share the Duke’s wedding day. but when Bottom falls asleep beside her. The lovers run away from Athens but get lost inthe woods. Puck removes the ass’s head and Bottom returns to Athens and rejoins his friends as they prepare to perform their play. exhausted. and they tell Helena. Meanwhile the lovers’ arguments tire them out as they chase one another through the woods and when Demetrius rests. Bottom. over an Indian boy she refuses to give him. and then by Helena. Oberon overhears Helena and Demetrius arguing and sends his mischievous servant. who has told him of their intentions. Lysander with Hermia. She is appalled at the sight of what she has been in love with and is reunited with Oberon. Bottom is lured towards the sleeping Titania whom Oberon has treated with the flower juice. Puck puts juice on Lysander’s eyes before the lovers are woken by Theseus and Hippolyta and their dawn hunting party. love with Lysander. The rustics perform the play of Pyramus and Thisbe before the wedding guests. the Wall and the Lion and they are directed by Quince. the bellows-mender. They are followed by Demetrius. As the three couples retire Puck and the fairies return to bless the palace and its people. king of the fairies. Happily reunited to each other. has quarrelled with his queen. but he hates her and loves Hermia. or either die or accept a life as a nun in Diana’s temple. Puck overhears their rehearsals in the wood and he plays a trick on them by giving Bottom an ass’s head which frightens the others away. is to play Thisbe. the weaver. Puck puts the flower juice on the eyes of the sleeping Lysander so that when he is woken by Helena he immediately falls in love with her and rejects Hermia. Oberon restores Titania’s sight and wakes her. the carpenter. Pyramus. He instructs Puck to put some drops on Demetrius’ eyes. Oberon. The Duke tells Hermia to obey her father. while Flute. Demetrius with Helena. Titania. Some artisans are rehearsing a play about the tragic love-story of Pyramus and Thisbe to present before Theseus on his wedding day. The others play the parts of the Moon. who lives in the woods. Mistaking the Athenian he seeks. Lysander and Hermia plan to elope. .

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