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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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This is the total number of profanity incidents in this 102 page book.

*Sexual and Violence incidents coming soon! We'll change this number once these incidents are included.

Author: William Shakespeare
Key Words: Shakespeare, Classics, Literature, Romance, Plays, Comedy

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Book Description:

Magic, love spells, and an enchanted wood provide the materials for one of Shakespeare’s most delightful comedies. When four young lovers, fleeing the Athenian law and their own mismatched rivalries, take to the forest of Athens, their lives become entangled with a feud between the King and Queen of the Fairies. Some Athenian tradesmen, rehearsing a play for the forthcoming wedding of Duke Theseus and his bride, Hippolyta, unintentionally add to the hilarity. The result is a marvelous mix-up of desire and enchantment, merriment and farce, all touched by Shakespeare’s inimitable vision of the intriguing relationship between art and life, dreams and the waking world.


Illustrations - 6 Incidents

A man is not wearing a shirt

A woman is topless and exposed

Woman is wearing revealing dress

Mermaid is topless and exposed

Woman is wearing revealing dress

A man is not wearing a shirt


Mild Obscenities & Substitutions - 4 Incidents

by'r lakin', h*ll

Anatomical Terms - 15 Incidents

*ss's, s*cking, *ss, *ss head, c*ck

Scatological Terms - 1 Incidents


Religious Profanities - 9 Incidents

Marry, God

Derogatory Terms - 1 Incidents


Violence - None

Conversation Topics - 3 Incidents

Mentions spirits who are damned and the Notes explain that these are people who committed suicide.

A man stabs himself in the chest, committing suicide.

A woman stabs herself in the chest, committing suicide.

Sexual Content

Lust - 7 Incidents

Mentions "lover's food," meaning the sight of, gazing up.

"For, ere Demetrius looked on Hermia's eyne," meaning once he saw her, he lusted after and switched affections for.

GRAPHIC: Although a man is talking about a woman's heart, he uses the word "bosom" and mentions her transparency with obvious innuendo.

"So is mine eye enthralled to thy shape."

A man tells a woman how he loves her lips and wants to kiss her.

A woman mentions she doesn't like how a man is superpraising [praising] her body parts.

A man says he was betroth'd to another woman until he saw woman.

Making Out/Sex - 16 Incidents

A man is said to have "made love" with another woman and so is "spotted."

GRAPHIC: Puck, a male fairy, mentions how sometimes he lurks around old women "against her lips I bob and on her wither'd dewlap (neck) pour the ale ... then slip I from her bum" sounding perhaps slightly suggestive.

A wife says she has "forsworn [her husband's bed] and company" because one day he spoke love (perhaps an affair implied) to another woman.

Mentions a man who ravished several women.

As a man and woman wander through a forest and it becomes night, the man comments on how the woman maybe shouldn't trust her virginity to a man who doesn't love her, suggesting she leave him.

Notes explain that a reference is made to a man who chased a woman to have sex and how the woman prayed out to a goddess for protection.

Man mentions that if the woman continues to follow him, he will do her mischief (implying rape).

Notes explain that a nymph was raped.

GRAPHIC: A couple in love are in a forest at night and while the women suggests they bed down and a good distance away from each other, the man "agrees" but makes several suggestive comments and innuendos.

A woman tells her servant to lead a man to her bower [bed] and mentions how the moon weeps over "some enforced chastity," implying to not refrain from sexual activity.

It is referenced that perhaps a man made love to a goddess.

A woman calls a man to sit on her flowery bed so that she might caress and kiss him.

GRAPHIC: Sex is implied though referenced through an analogy of how ivy entwists together, etc.

The Duke blesses the couples upon their marriage and says may they have joy in their beds.

Notes reference Helen of Troy who was "stolen away from her husband" by Paris.

Mentions how a woman was "deflower'd," - ravished.

Homosexuality - 5 Incidents

In Shakespeare's time, women did not perform in the theater so men or boys played the female characters in the story. Within Midsummer, there is a group of actors that are working to perform a play and one man doesn't want to play the woman's part. Some comments are made throughout.

A husband fairy wants to give his wife a potion that will make her fall in love with anything she sees. He mentions, almost comically, that if she sees an animal she'll pursue it "with the soul of love." This is mentioned a few times throughout the book.

Mentions the love potion again with reference to loving an animal.

"Titania wak'd, and straightway loved an ass," (it was a man who was wearing a donkey's head for a costume but an innuendo is made.)

A woman wakes and thinks she had a dream about falling in love with an ass (donkey).

Miscellaneous - 23 Incidents

"It was common for husbands and wives to taunt each other about past love affairs."

Mentions "bosom" - as in "heart."

"One that compos'd your beauties," referring to her father that conceived her.

A lady is told that she will have to "abjure for ever the society of men," be "barren," and a "virgin," referring to a life of celibacy.

Notes explain that the reference to "do observance to a morn of May" means to perform the fertility rites of May Day.

Mentions "bosom" - as in "heart."

Sexual innuendo is made that Shakespeare's audience would have gotten about the French people's sexual inclinations that led to many getting syphilis.

"Theseus must be wedded; and you come to give their bed joy and prosperity."

Notes explains the word "childing" to mean fruitful and bearing children.

Explains a pregnant lady as having "her womb then rich with my young squire."

The word "vestal" is used meaning virgin.

The word "sex" is used to mean "gender."

The word "breast" is used meaning chest.

Notes mention "Cuckold" - an old English word for a man with an unfaithful wife.

The word "virgin" is used.

The word "sex" is used to mean "gender."

Notes explain the word "paramour" to mean an unlawful lover.

The word "eunuch" is used.

The word "breast" is used meaning chest.

Notes explain that it was a "commonplace joke that men with unfaithful wives would grow horns on their heads." These men are known as Cuckolds.

The word "pap" means breast.

The word "breast" is used meaning chest.

A blessing is given to several couples who just married, with references to "the best bride-bed... and the issue there create," meaning children.

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