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A Midsummer Night's Dream, William Shakespeare

One of the most light-hearted of Shakespeare's comedies, A Midsummer Night's Dream follows young lovers into a magical forest where the meddling of a mischievous elf causes comedy and chaos to ensue. In the end, the magic is reversed and true love wins out.

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Study Guide (PDF)


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