Overview of characters

The four main characters stand in a magical wood surrounded by fairies and love potions.

All of the characters come from Athens, Greece. The main characters in A Midsummer Night’s Dream can be put into three groups:

  • The Fairies
  • The Mechanicals
  • The Mortals

The Fairies live in the woods and control most of the events in the story through their magic.

The Mechanicals are a group of workers who are trying to rehearse a play in the woods to celebrate Duke Theseus’s wedding. They are truly comic characters, a bit like clowns.

The Mortals are the human characters of the story. Within this group there are four young lovers who find their lives turned upside down by the fairy world in the middle of the night.

We are going to concentrate on the lovers because they are the characters that are involved in the confusion in the woods. Each of the characters has some kind of relationship problem. The play is funny because when the fairies try to fix these problems - the magic just makes things worse.

The lovers are:

  • Hermia
  • Lysander
  • Demetrius
  • Helena