hermia's compilation

theme... love is not always consistent, but eventually you will find it.

At the beginning of A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare, Hermia is fighting her father to keep Lysander and marry him. However, her father wants her to marry Demetrius, but she doesn't really like him that much, so she and Lysander run away. However, Demetrius finds out via his lover Helena (who he hates) and he (and Helena) follow Hermia and Lysander. Then, with some help from Oberon and Robin, things spin out of control. However, Robin and Oberon fix their mistake and everyone is happy.

Shakespeare likes to twist the characters' relationships, but in the end, he gives the what they want (for the most part, however, Demetrius is still under the magical effects of the flower...).


TRACK 1... CAN'T HOLD US by macklemore and ryan lewis

Return of the Mack

Get up, what it is, what it was, what it is, what it isn't

Looking for a better way to get up out of bed

Instead of getting on the Internet and checking a new hit...

...Can we not go back

This is the moment

Tonight is the night

We'll fight 'till it's over

So we put our hands up

Like the ceiling can't hold us

Like the ceiling can't hold us...

This is how Hermia feels when she and Lysander are running away; they are happy and free. The verse that begins with Can we not go back... is a verse that I feel especially describes this.

Imagine Dragons - Bleeding Out

TRACK 2... BLEEDING OUT by imagine dragons

I'm bleeding out

So if the last thing that I do

Is bring you down

I'll bleed out for you...

I feel like this is how Hermia feels for Lysander when they are in the woods, running away from Athens (up until Puck's mischief, at least). The first verse especially conveys this feeling because it's heartfelt and full of feeling.

Nyan Cat [original]

TRACK 3... NYAN CAT by unknown

Nyan nyan nyan, nyan nyan nyan nyan nyan...

I think Hermia would listen to this song when Demetrius is following her in the forest after Lysander is struck by the effects of the magical flower and falls in love with Helena. I think she would listen to it to block out Demetrius's annoying talking, or make him listen to it to annoy him (because she hates him and thinks he killed her love, Lysander).

Owl City - Shooting Star

TRACK 4... SHOOTING STAR by owl city

Close your tired eyes, relax and then
Count from 1 to 10 and open them
All these heavy thoughts will try to weigh you down
But not this time...

I think Hermia would listen to this song when she is alone and Lysander and Demetrius are both fighting over Helena. It would raise her spirits and maybe cheer her up a little bit so that she can think about how confusing love is.

Let your colors burn and brightly burst

Into a million sparks that all disperse

And illuminate a world that'll try to bring you down

But not this time...

I also think that she would particularly enjoy this verse because it describes her situation and how she feels.

How to train your dragon Score: Where's hiccup

TRACK 5... WHERE'S HICCUP by john powell

This music exemplifies what Hermia feels as she is alone and sad because Lysander has left her for Helena.
Owl City - When Can I See You Again? (From Wreck it Ralph)


When can I see you again

Whoa oh oh...

Hermia would listen to this song when she is missing Lysander while he is under the spell of the magical flower. It would also exemplify her feelings for Lysander and that she is waiting for him to come back.

How to train your dragon Score: Coming back around

TRACK 7... COMING BACK AROUND by john powell

Hermia would listen to this and it would model her joy when Lysander wakes up after being given the antidote flower. Even the title matches the situation!
Imagine Dragons - My Fault

TRACK 8... MY FAULT by imagine dragons

Is it my fault, is it my fault?

We’ve been missing each other

We’ve been missing each other

My fault, is it my fault?

We’ve been missing each other

We’ve been missing each other...

This is how Hermia and Lysander feel after they are reunited and to be married. They missed each other while Lysander was flower-ized and now they are together and happy.

The Script - Hall of Fame ft.

TRACK 9... HALL OF FAME by the script

This is a triumphant song, one that Hermia might listen to when Theseus overrules Egeus's request for her to marry Demetrius. She would listen to it because she is happy that she gets to be with Lysander.
Bobby McFerrin - Don't Worry Be Happy

TRACK 10... DON'T WORRY BE HAPPY by bobby mcferrin

Here's a little song I wrote

You might want to sing it note for note

Don't worry, be happy...

This is how Helena and Lysander feel at the end of A Midsummer Night's Dream. They are both happy and in love with each other and have nothing to worry about.