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A midsummer nights dream

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A Midsummer Nights Dream Act 3 Scene 2 is the pinnacle of the play in which the four main characters (Helena, Hermia, Lysander and Demetrius) meet in the forest and start fighting. Plot of Act 3 Scene 2 At the beginning of the Act Puck goes to inform Oberon that Titania has fallen in love with someone named Bottom; he then tells Oberon that he gave Bottom the head of a donkey. Next Demetrius and Hermia enter the scene; she accuses Demetrius of killing Lysander because she cannot find him. Oberon realises the mistake Puck had made. Instead of putting love juice in Demetrius' eyes he put it in Lysander's eyes. Puck is overjoyed with the mayhem he's caused and doesn't understand Oberon's concern. Oberon casts a spell and places the love juice on a sleeping Demetrius, so Demetrius will fall in love with Helena. Afterwards, Helena and Lysander arrive at the scene and Demetrius falls in love with her, Lysander already feels the same. They are arguing because Helena believes Lysander is being cruel and pretending to love her then Demetrius walks in proclaiming his love for Helena too. ...read more.

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When these two characters have a disagreement, or are unhappy, it is mirrored in the weather and mood of the play. For example; if Oberon and Titania have and dispute, the weather becomes dark and begins to rain. People then believed that if God's disposition was displeased the humans would have to pay the price. Language and Style Shakespeare's use of language helps us distinguish different characters and their personalities, also what is happening in the play. In Elizabethan times actors had to rely on the technique they spoke words to portray a character correctly, the flow of language was important in making a play successful. Blank Verse: This was the language of the courtiers, Egeus, Oberon, Titania, Hippolyta and Theseus. Shakespeare used it to show their high status in society. 'Not for thy fairy kingdom. Fairies, away! We shall chide downright, if I longer stay.' Titania uses iambic pentameter when speaking to Oberon. -Unrhymed iambic pentameter is also called Blank Verse. (X /) Iambic Pentameter is a rhyme scheme in which each line consists of ten syllables. The syllables are divided into five pairs called iambs. ...read more.

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There are some trees and bushes representing the forest. It's a dark, almost black, night with only a few stars lighting the sky. Titania's bed occupies a corner and is very feminine, with sequins representing expensive jewels because she's Queen. Her bed is hanging above the forest floor so she can oversee everything happening below her. The white clearing is where the characters sleep, it's surrounded with the bushes and trees to give it a private feel. There should be a bright light on Titania's bed and the fairies should have a brighter light than the humans. Helena and Hermia should have a softer light to represent how feminine they are. Whereas Lysander and Demetrius should have strong, powerful light to represent they're masculinity. When the fairies are on stage the music should me soft and mystical because they are magical creatures. When the four characters are fighting the music should be loud and dramatic. Summary During this piece of coursework we tried to explain every aspect of 'A Midsummer Nights Dream'. We analysed Shakespeare use of language, key themes and literary devices to see what affect they had on the audience. We also had to include annotated sketches of each character, a summary of Act 3 Scene 2 and stage directions. ...read more.

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