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Comparing scripts of both ''My Mother Said I Never Should'' and ''A Midsummer Nights Dream'.

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Drama essay - Comparing scripts I have been working on the script of both ''My Mother Said I Never Should'' and ''A Midsummer Nights Dream'. In this essay I will look at many aspects of both pieces and compare them, mentioning their similarities and their differences. ''My Mother Said I Never Should'' was written in 1985 and set from between the 2nd World War and the mid 80's. ''A Midsummer Nights Dream'' was written in the 16th Century and set in whatever time period the reader perceives it. Therefore the two plays are both written in the past but they are different because of the time they are set. This difference is because ''My Mother Said I Never Should'' is based within a decade whereas ''A Midsummer Nights Dream'' can be set any time period but the story is meant to all be over within the space of one day. Because ''A Midsummer Nights Dream'' is set in one day, it unlike ''My Mother Said I Never Should'' which jumps between different years in the 1980's. ...read more.

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The costumes in 'My Mother Said I Never Should' are normal for that time but in 'A Midsummer Nights Dream' they are extravert and something no one would ever wear no matter what time period, this again adds to it's fantasy. When talking about the key themes of the plays, they are very comparable. Usually in a scene it is only two people talking at a time and the conversations are very tense and filled with emotion. In both plays they include mothers fighting over a child. Love is the main theme in both of the plays if you look beneath the words and consider subtext. The love in 'My Mother Said I Never Should' is between Jackie and Margaret despite their fighting and likewise with Titania and Oberon. Along with this love there is also a lot of anger within this love that we see. When it comes to key themes the plays are obviously different because, 'A Midsummer Nights Dream's' characters are fairies but are real people in 'My Mother Said I Never Should'. ...read more.

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This gave me a greater understanding of the plays and will help me with future performances and exams. When playing the roles myself, I could see how the plays were similar as well as being different. Acting out the pieces the first thing that struck me was how different the language was and in 'Midsummer Nights Dream' it was harder to understand which made it difficult to use tones and express some emotions without complete understanding of the play. In 'My Mother Said I Never Should' it was easier and more relaxed to perform as it related more with modern day life and the emotions were very easy and straightforward to understand. The reactions from the audiences were also very different. In 'A Midsummer Nights Dream' the audience watch with smiles on their faces occasionally smiling where as in 'My Mother Said I Never Should' the seriousness of the pieces was shown on their expressions. I found that because of much preparation and understanding of the plays before working on them it meant that they could be performed much more easily and gained good criticism. Marilyn Dempsey 11G ...read more.

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