I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen this quote and “understood” it. I understood it to the degree of I’d never read where it was from but got the gist of it. Each time I saw the quote, I’d laugh in my head thinking it applied to me, being as I’m 5’2″ and known as the “Hulk” at work. In truth, though, you don’t really UNDERSTAND a quote until you get the reason behind it, the full story with all its quirks and nuances. After reading A Midsummer’s Night Dream, I can now truly say I GET it.
To be honest, this isn’t a book I probably would have ever read if it wasn’t for a few reasons: 1) I missed reading and the adventures that come with it. 2) I have small children and you can’t hold a them and read a book too. 3) It was available for free through the iStore. I randomly downloaded this and, oh, 80+ other free books during the time known as “teething hell weeks”. After finishing a really good eBook, I decided to suck it up and go ahead and read this one to get it off my phone. I didn’t think I’d actually enjoy it.
It took a scene or two to suck me in, but after that, I was hooked. I realized I’d seen this play before, which confirmed what I was visualizing was actually occurring in the play. I thought I was seeing it wrong, and to have that confirmation meant I was on the right path and could quit stressing over that and enjoy the ride. I love the jabs about Bottom being an ass, the twists of love (who hasn’t been there in high school?), the word meanings, etc. I read for enjoyment, not research, but with that being said, I understand now why someone would want to spend his/her career studying Shakespeare. I read for pleasure and rarely, if ever, research and analyze elements of a story, but this has several elements that stir that creative thinking and desire to want learn more, read more, understand more Shakespeare.
I GET the fairies names were based off what they were from/did (i.e. Mustardseed, Peasblossom). I GET Bottom was an ASS. I GET the quote: Hermia was petite compared to Helena, but her temperament wasn’t in the least, especially when fighting for her love, Lysander.
Shakespeare’s writing style won’t appeal to everyone, and not everyone will like him nor this story as much as I did. Nonetheless, I think this is a worthy read that everyone should read at least once. It’s a quick read, and it’s humorous, two selling points for non-readers.
Rating = READ IT ALREADY!