Act 5, Scene 1
Sammy Vayngart and Dylan Hillocks
This scene starts with all three lovers get married on the same day as Theseus. Theseus can not believe the tale they told him about fairies. Later Theseus asks Philostrate what entertainment was going to be on that night, and chooses to watch " Pyramus and Thisbe", even though Philostrate warns him that the play is very bad. The three newlywed head of to the play even though Hippolyta doesn't want to watch the play. The mechanicals play was poorly directed with only four days of practice. They embarrassed themselves on stage and at points having to stop the play and explain to the audience what is really happening. They made the play very unrealistic because at Bottom killed himself and then stood up while talking to the audience only then to re-kill himself. At the end of the play Theseus compliments the actors that they did well and they do not need an epilogue because the play was well explained, but in reality he was hoping the play would end faster. The ending was of Puck talking to the audience and explaining that they meant no harm and not to offend, and asked if it was no more than just a dream.
"Thus die I, thus, thus, thus!
Now am I dead,
Now am I fled;
My soul is in the sky.
Tongue, lose thy light, Moon, take thy flight!
Now die, die, die, die, die."
This means that Bottom has just killed himself and said that he is now dead, and he gets up and stabs himself again. This is important to the play because it shows us how bad the actors were in the play that the newlyweds watched and what it was like to watch the play for them. It shows us that the characters did not get much time to rehearse and prepare for the play and that they did not do such a good job performing the play.
"If we shadows have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended,
That you have but slumbered here,
While these visions did appear.
And this weak idle theme,
No more yielding but a dream,
Gentles do not reprehend:
If you pardon, we will mend.
And, as I am an honest Puck,
If we have unearned luck
Now to scape the serpent's tongue,
We will make amends ere long;
Else the Puck a liar call.
So, good night unto you all.
Give me your hands, if we be friends,
And Robin shall restore amends."
This means that if any of the actors in the play have offended you just pretend that you were in a dream and that you were asleep. This is important to the play because it shows you what it was like for the lovers that had the potion sprinkled in their eyes and how they thought they were just dreaming and they were asleep for that whole thing.