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Take a director's view of 2 key scenes in a Midsummer Night's Dream. Choose a character and 2 key scenes in which they appear.

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Shakespeare Essay Option 2: Take a director's view of 2 key scenes in a Midsummer Night's Dream. Choose a character and 2 key scenes in which they appear. * Describe the character and why their part is important within the play. * Focus on your first scene. Give instructions to your actor on how to perform their part. * Remember to make close reference to the text using quotations to demonstrate: a) Understanding of Shakespeare's language b) The emotion or motivation of the character c) The feeling/response you want from the audience. * Repeat for other scene. In this essay, I am going to focus on Helena in Act 1 Scene 1 and Act 3 Scene 2. I decided to answer this question based on Helena because I believe that her role in the play is very important as it completes a love circle, and can add humour to the play. I will also try to show how I would like Helena to play her part. It would still be in the Shakespearean language, but would appeal to a modern day audience. This way, all of the magic of the 1595 comedy would still be there, but the modern English of today will enjoy it as much as anybody back then. ...read more.

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This part of the scene will be set outside, and the chair, or seat could be the side of a fountain and pool. Here, she is speaking alone: "How happy some o'er other some can be! Through Athens I am thought as fair as she. But what of that? Demetrius thinks not so." For this part, I would like Helena to walk slowly to her seat and sit down, as if to think. If she hits a part where she has made a "breakthrough" she could start to stand up, but then sit down again, and carry on. At the end of the scene, Helena decides she is going to tell Demetrius of Hermia and Lysander's plan to run away. " I will go tell him of fair Hermia's flight, then to the woods will he tomorrow night pursue her and for this intelligence, if I have thanks, it is a dear expense. But herein mean I to enrich my pain , to have his sight thither and back again." This is a long quote, but it is all relevant to my point. Helena is talking to herself- she is saying her thoughts out loud. ...read more.

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Here, Helena should yawn before she begins, and then lie down on a carpet of green to go to sleep, and then carry on, as if speaking to the stars. She should speak quietly, and sigh a few times, and then roll over and sleep when she has finished the passage. At the end of the play, the audience should have grown to like Helena, as she always means well for everyone. By acting the way I have advised her to, I believe the audience will enjoy the play, as it will not be too confusing for them. They will get to know Helena and who she loves, and the point of her character. I think the audience will enjoy watching her in the play. The audience will hopefully have seen just how clumsy Helena can be and why her character was constructed the way it was. It is to make her and the play easier to understand- I hope! Above all, I hope I have showed just how important Helena is to A Midsummer Night's Dream, and that is why her character really does need to be played well. ...read more.

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