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Shakespeare's Theatricality When Demetrius and Helena are arguing over whether Lysander is still alive or not Demetrius doesn't show a variety of emotions the only emotion the audience receive is Anger towards Hermia. "Pierced through the heart with your stern cruelty; Yet you, you the murderer, look as bright, as clear, As yonder Venus in her glimmering sphere" "I had rather give his carcass to my hounds" Act3 Scene 2. Throughout the lines that Demetrius has to say there is no point where the anger stops. I would direct it so that he would be angry but at the same time when he pauses there would be the emotion of worry in his voice and in his facial expressions. The character of Demetrius at the beginning of the scene needs to ensure that there is not tom much over emphasis of his lines until he gets to the line "There is no following her in this fierce vein; here therefore for a while I will remain. So sorrow's heaviness doth heavier grow" to make it look more like he was worried about Lysander there would be an over emphasis on the words "so sorrow's heaviness doth heavier grow" He would have sadness in his voice and a worried facial expression to ...read more.


When he wakes up I would have him a dozy and dreamy. The audience would be able to see that Demetrius is mesmerised by Helena and have a clear facial expression that Helena is what he wants. Puck would be in the background, he would be spy on the results of the potion, and he would be looking anxious to find out whether the potion has worked or not. Demetrius will be getting closer to Helena who is getting angry by the fact that she thinks Lysander and Demetrius have been playing here around. The audience should be able to see the irony of what has happened and be able to compare it to further towards the beginning of the play. They will see a mixture of emotions and theatrical devices being used. The key object of this part of the scene is to communicate and inform the audience that Demetrius is now in love with Helena. If the audience can understand what has happened more clearly it will ensure that the audience can understand and start to think and visualise what might happen next. Demetrius has to defend the comments coming from Lysander about Helena whilst Helena and Hermia are still arguing between themselves there needs to be a barrier that ...read more.


The audience will be able to see how Demetrius, Helena, Lysander and Hermia have evolved throughout the scene. "No, Sir. She shall not though you take her place" For this line he is making a sarcastic comment towards Lysander. I would have Demetrius with Helena In his arms looking directly into the eyes of Lysander and have him deliver his line with sarcasm and have a small grin on his face at the end of the line as if to say that I've got here you've lost. All that he has left to do is to complete his final line towards Demetrius "In her behalf that scorns your services. Let her alone: speak not of Helena, take not here part; for if thou dost intend never so little show of love to her, thou shalt aby it." He would deliver his line facing directly towards Helena and really speaking down to her, he would deliver his lines slowly overemphasising on all of the words. The audience would need to see that the characters are trying to settle their differences as best they can and exit off the stage separately. The audience needs to have seen as many different sides to Demetrius from his acting in the scene and have known him more as a person in the scene than an actor. Matthew Francis 10E ...read more.

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