• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Midsummer's night dream - Responding.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Midsummer's night dream Responding For unit two, we looked and explored the legendary play "Midsummer's night dream" by William Shakespeare. Midsummer Night's Dream was Probably composed in 1595 or 1596. this is one of Shakespeare's early comedies, but can be well-known from his other works in this group by describing it specifically as the Bard's original wedding play. Most scholars believe that Shakespeare wrote A Midsummer Night's Dream as a light entertainment to accompany a marriage celebration, and while the identity of the historical couple for whom it was meant has never been finally well-known, there is good textual and background evidence available to support this claim. At the same time, unlike the vast majority of his works (including all of his comedies), in concocting this story, Shakespeare did not rely directly upon existing plays, narrative poetry, historical records or any other primary source materials, making it a truly original piece. Most critics agree that if a youthful Shakespeare was not at his best in this play, he certainly enjoyed himself in writing it. ...read more.

Middle

Hermia loves Lysander but Egus wants to marry Demetruis who once loved Helena but now loves Hermia. 2. The caption for the second freeze frame was Puck mistakes Lysander for Demetrius and puts the juice in his eyes and Helena wakes Lysander thinking he is dead. 3. The third freeze frame was Helena wakes Lysander who falls in love with Helena. 4. Fourth freeze frame is when Puck turns Bottom's head into a ass's head and Tatiana falls deeply in love with him. 5. The caption for the fifth freeze frame is with all the lovers the marriage. A task that I enjoyed and which made it easier to understand the plot was when we were put into three different categories: lovers; mechanics and fairies. I was part of the lovers group. For this task, the main thing we were focusing on was cross-cutting (creating scenes and ten reordering the action by" cutting" forwards and backwards to different moments. For the first part I was playing the butler. ...read more.

Conclusion

Doing these tasks made it clearer about the plot and made us expand on the extract. For one of the tasks we were given a script with the lines from quince, we were then put into groups of five and we all had to learn 3 lines each. My lines were "And finds his trusty Thisbe's mantle slain; whereat with blade, with bloody blameful blade, he bravely broached his boiling bloody breast." This was the original version but to make it easier for us to understand we changed it to modern English "and finds his faithful Thisbe's mantle slain; at which with blade with bloody blameful blade, he pierced his boiling bloody breast." When I first read my lines it occurred to me that they use alliteration, which gave the suggestion to emphasize on those words while speaking. It also sounded very commanding and confident. This showed the contrasts of the different time periods by the modern English and Elizabethan English. When we performed this, we changed it and made it more interesting by using a chorus, which we learnt about in unit1. We used the chorus to make it more like poem and echoed the important words. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level A Midsummer Night's Dream section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level A Midsummer Night's Dream essays

  1. Why is Bottom such a well-loved character? Explain with reference to 'A Midsummer Nights ...

    It is Oberon that controls the lives of the other characters and brings changes of mood and atmosphere. It is he who moves he story to a happy end. When Titania agreed to give Oberon the little Indian boy he takes the juice of her eyes.

  2. A Midsummer Night's Dream - How do events in the play support Lysander's claim ...

    speaks in rhyming couplets, emphasising the happy mood they are in and the changed atmosphere. 'I swear to thee by Cupid's strongest bow, By his best arrow with the golden head, By the simplicity of Venus' doves, By that which knitteth souls and prospers loves,' As well as the rhyming

  1. Reasons why Shakespeare has used two different settings in 'A Midsummer Nights Dream'

    of poetic speech supports the way opposites, magic realism and extraordinary events, etc, are portrayed throughout Shakespeare's play. With the inclusion of all these aspects, it is as if Shakespeare is suggesting the meeting or co-existence of the two settings in everyday life, and that one cannot exist without the other, otherwise there would be an imbalance.

  2. What difficulties have you experienced in producing a modern version of the play and ...

    The images create a vision of hell. Hermia wakes to find Lysander is not there, she is scared and very worried. The actors try to find a 'convenient place' for their rehearsal. They discover the wood is the perfect position to practice. The actors continuously seek to find fault with the play.

  1. How does Act V make a good ending to A Midsummer Night's Dream?

    Act Five begins with a philosophical comment from Theseus about the truth of the lover's tale about love and confusion in the woods. He comments that "The lunatic, the lover, and the poet / Are of imagination all compact." Theseus goes on to explain that in all three cases, (that

  2. How Language is used to convey comedy in the play of "Pyramus and Thisbe" ...

    Hermia and Lysander and Helena and Demitrius are fictional characters and do not have any basis around real people. These couples make up the "young Lovers" Since the Young Lovers are Athenians from classical Greece, they believe and worship gods from Mythology.

  1. 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'

    However in this play, the forest is portrayed like a fairy tale. All of the main transformations occur here. Bottom is transformed into a beast, yet ironically Titania is also transformed, to someone that passionately and embarrassingly loves Bottom. Men who were once civil, Demetrius and Lysander, declare their love

  2. Take a director's view of 2 key scenes in a Midsummer Night's Dream. Choose ...

    Her appearance to add to the "dizziness" should be long curly but messy hair, dirty clothes, as if she doesn't bother about her image. When Helena says: "O happy fair!" She should flick her hair back as if she is exasperated, to really finish off the sentence.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work