Hermia's Dope Mixtape

She literally has one trait, being in love.

This Isn't so Much What Hermia Would Listen To, But Rather Songs That Describe Her Very Linear Character At That Point In Time. And Also, If You See What You Call "Bad" Grammar or Spelling, Note That It Wasn't A Mistake, I'm Just Trying To Enhance This Language.

First Date - Blink-182 (lyrics)

The First Song

First Date by Blink 182 is essentially a pop-punk track centered on 1, being nervous about meeting someone you have a romantic interest in, and 2, having a romantic interest in that person (nothing makes love sound blander than saying, "romantic interest"). So it seemed appropriate to use this song in correlation with the opening scene In A Mid Summer Night's Dream, that being Hermia going to meet her love, Lysander. However, unlike in First Date where the nerves stem from meeting your lover, In Shakespeare's play they instead originate from the Greek couple having to profess their love to Hermia's father - but I chose it none the less.


Sorry for the formality, I just feel I have to at least allude to seriousness, this'll be the last time it shows up.

Haddaway - What Is Love (Official Version)

This Song Can't Be Serious... But It Is.

I HATE THIS WEBSITE. I'D JUST WRITTEN A GREAT PARAGRAPH, AND NOW IT'S GONE. SO HERE'S MY TRYING TO REMEMBER WHAT I WROTE BUT NOW VERY ANNOYED. EXPECT EVERYTHING FROM THIS POINT ON TO BE WRITTEN BY A PERSON IN A VERY BAD MOOD - HENCE THE CAPS LOCK. This is a somewhat calmer me from 2 hours in the future, disregard those statements, they were made b a fool, but I am grown since.


This song is ridiculous, utterly and purely ridiculous. It repeats a nonsense hook, presented over the backdrop of a nonsense video, sung by a man full of, oh, I don't know, I've never met him. However, that's not saying much. You see, when the lime light gets shifted over to our pal Willie Shakespeare, well let's just say that Haddaway could win an Oscar, if the playwright was his only competition. Hermia and Lysander discuss each others love in a way more criminally stupid than Haddaway's master-class in failure. They go through 2 pages of dry metaphors, each somehow perfectly understanding how their love is like, say, a Caterpillar. And even if you can convince me that that remotely makes sense, I'd ask the question, why should I care? We come to know about as much as this couple as we do the two people making-out in front of you at a movie theater. Their kissing is distracting, but so are these overly calculated and overly thought out metaphors, that I don't know which scenario annoys me more. When it comes right down to it, this play wasn't Shakespeare's best case study in love, by not only a country mile, but a city mile as well.

I HATE THIS WEBSITE

Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give You Up

Get Rick Rolled

While Haddaway up there really only served the purpose of a stand in for me to take yet another crack at Shakespeare, this song actually pertains more to Hermia's "development" as a "character." Again I reference the opening scene, which ultimately serves to set up the basis of the entire play, so I feel somewhat confident in giving it the most attention. In the face of danger, death, execution, really just the usual bad consequences shtick, Hermia and the slightly more fastidious Lysander stand together as a couple, ready to face - together - anything that Athens can throw at them. So I'm sure that if they lived in 1989, this would be their Greko-Roman jam.
Joy division love will tear us apart lyrics

Happily NEVER After

Around the time when Hermia and the Dr. Love (Lysander) make plans to go out into the woods, no playception intended, is when I imagine this Manchester gem to be playing. Essentially, at least in my interpretation, Love Will Tear Us Apart relays the story of a couple who realize that in the end, their love is what drives them apart (wouldn't of guessed it would ya). And so, knowing the consequences their love could bring them, namely death, Hermia and The Doctor still persevere, much like the unnamed couple referenced in the song, and carry on loving each other. It's almost the exact same problem that Shakespeare confronted his main characters with that appears in Joy Division's ballad.
Purple haze lyrics

Jimi Hendrix had quite the "Experience"

Initially, this spot was was held by All Along The Watchtower, but then I remembered the power of Jimi Hendrix, the 60s, and LSD - and thus, Purple Haze. I was looking for a song that conveyed confusion, as this would ideally be listened to around the time Hermia found herself lost in the forest, and what a better medium then drugs and hippie rock. No on has any idea what Jimi Hendrix meant by this song, no one knows why it just works; very similar to Hermia not knowing where to go, and no one knowing how she SURVIVED ALONE IN THE FOREST.
Marilyn Manson - Sweet Dreams (lyrics)

Scared and Alone, the R rated version of Dazed and Confused

Fear's gripping Hermia. Where's lysander? will she ever get back home? is her father close behind? Nothing stimulates terror more than looking death in the eye, well, as long as you don't count Marilyn Manson. The shock rock king himself is the embodiment of every mom's worst nightmares: a bad influence, swearing, indecent, corrupting, might one even say goth. So to draw what many consider to be pop cultures darkest icon out of the same hat as Hermia, really doesn't seem to make much sense. However, at this point in the play, Hermia's run off with a shady man, turned down an easy path through life, and everyone's question her Morales , she's every Greek father's worst nightmare. You see, while Hermia may be terrified at this point, alone in the woods, she's still causing terror for others. Marilyn Manson and Hermia, not so different after-all, eh?
The Crowd - OPERATION IVY

WHY CAN'T WE BE FRIENDS

This pertains to the scene right around where Hermia has suddenly had EVERYONE she's cares about, plus Demetrius and Helena , making phun of her. Putting her down, calling her names, generally engaging in some bullying - but I'm sure if she told an adult it would all be OK. Wait a minute, you mean the strategies they teach you in health class don't actually work in the real world? No they don't, health class only woks in a Utopian society where everyone respects you and life has no negative consequences if you're a good person. Sorry. But getting back on track, see what I did there, The Crowd centers around a band - Operation Ivy - not wanting to play live shows. They show their distain for all people, and generally large groups. That's got to be close to what Hermia was feeling when three people were borderline threatening to kill her - and experience that would most definitely make you rue the sight of a crowd.
Dropkick Murphy's - The Boys are Back

This

Fairly straight forward as comparisons go. No prizes for guessing, but The Boys Are Back features boys coming back... Sums it up really. And, as can also be rapped up in quick fashion, Lysander falls back in love with Hermia, and Demetrius back in love with Helena towards the end of the book, where this song would be located, hence bring the boyz back into their lives... Sums it up really.
BOB MARLEY - THREE LITTLE BIRDS (LYRICS)

THIS IS THE END, MY ONLY FRIEND, THE END

Three little birds is a song, said by Bob Marley himself, to have been written to 3 misguided soules. And much how Bob Marley took with him to the grave who those three little birds were, so did Shakespeare, although he took - or rather stole, what could have been a good ending to this play. Honestly, it seems like he wrapped it up in such a ram-shackle way, it's like reading some of the short stories F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote in a day to make a quick buck, to by things like watches, which he deemed more important than quality story telling, because in the end we're all greedy. And that's what this seems like, an uninspiring bland wrap up. We get no closure, no drama, in fact, this play is all suspense, with no pay off; I at least wanted to see one head role, is that too much to ask? I'd of put a song here that pertained to Hermia, but for the main character, the swan song of this play contains really nothing relevant about her, or any of the characters, for that matter. The last 20 pages culminate to an ending so fantastical that it takes fairies to make it go from a laughing stock, to just sad. I'm sorry, but Hermia didn't change, I'd love to put something here that symbolizes a change in her structure in some way, but I can't.