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  1. Key Qualities of Youth in a Midsummer Night's Dream

    Ay, by my life; And never did desire to see thee more. Therefore be out of hope, of question, of doubt; Be certain, nothing truer - 'tis no jest That I do hate thee and love Helena. 1 This clearly illustrates Lysander being honest about him changing his love to Helena instead of Hermia. Lysander also openly states his hatred towards Hermia. Lysander is at fault for being blunt with Hermia, when he knows Hermia still loves him. Although this has a negative effect, it also has a positive effect because Lysander is not leading Hermia on with false hopes of love.

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  2. How does Shakespeare present Bottom as a humorous character

    He keeps on saying: "I'm the best, I'm the best!" while, as shown by his constant slip-ups, it's clear that he's definitely not the brightest, like when he's shouting some sort of sonnet, to show that 'he knows what he's doing' but he says a lot of it wrong and uses some of the words mistaken. - A thing Shakespeare does deliberately to make Bottom even more humorous, which is called Dramatic irony, when Bottom is unknowing, that he's doing something wrong and just goes on doing it, while the audience is aware of the funny thing, which is another good reason for them to express their amusement.

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  3. A middsummer nights dream

    wooed thee with my sword, And won thy love, doing thee injuries; But I will wed thee in another key, With pomp, with triumph and with revelling." This shows that Duke Theseus sees Hippolyta as a possession and a trophy that he won in battle, even this early in the play we can clearly see large aspects of male dominance which escalates throughout and shows how men were socially above women and are dominant in the waking concious world of Athens.

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  4. Role of the Craftsmen

    Here, a ninny refers to an imbecile, whereas Ninus' refers to the legendary founder of Nineveh. Shakespeare's audience would very likely have been able to pick this up and see the humour in it. On top of this, in Quince's script, there appears to be a lot of forced rhyme, which in contrast to lilting verses of the fairies is quite brusquely funny. For example, 'Jew' is used in a desperate attempt to rhyme with 'hue', likewise with 'brier' and 'tire'. Thus part of the comedy the craftsmen create lies in the very crudely constructed poetry.

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  5. How does Shakespeare make Act III scene I of A Midsummer Night(TM)s Dream dramatically effective?

    This meant that the audience had to use their minds and imagine everything. The effectiveness of the whole play had to be portrayed through the language and the acting which was a lot harder than today as we have scenery, props and music to help emphasise certain parts and make plays more believable. Flute suggests that they should write a little speech to explain that the lion isn't a real lion in case the ladies get scared - ``Ladies' or `Fair ladies - I would wish you', or 'request you', or `I would entreat you - not to fear, not to fear, not to tremble.

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  6. Importance of Magic in a Midsummer Night's Dream

    In this way, Shakespeare could be seen as a writer ahead of his time. The effects of magic in A Midsummer Night's Dream may have been influenced by the social attitude of the Elizabethan era. During Elizabethan times magic - unlike today - was widely believed in. It was considered a crime to practise magic and was an offence punishable by law. People (usually single women) were executed if they were suspected of committing this "crime". I think that this may have influenced Shakespeare to make magic have such a dramatic and often catastrophic effect.

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  7. Midsummers' Night dream

    This is also an example of a verbal joke which is seen throughout the play. An example of mistaken identity can be seen when Bottom has been transformed into an ass by Puck's magic. When snout says to Bottom 'Thou are changed' we see this. Poetry is used by all characters apart from the mechanicals who speak in blank verse. For those days comedies were a great genre and therefore Shakespeare wrote this comedy. What is the relationship between the title of the play and magic? There is a high significance between magic and the title of 'Midsummer Night's Dream'.

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  8. A Midsummer Night's Dream- Play within a play

    The echo between the two plays starts at the very beginning of the Pymamus and Thisbe story. Objections from the father of Thisby act as a "wall" "stand[ing] between" Thisbe and Pyramus. Despite the objection from the great father authority, the "fearful lovers" risk everything just to hear the other one's "whisper" and the only way for the lovers to communicate is through the "crannied hole" on the wall. This is very much similar with the situation of Hermia and Lysander.

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  9. Life Before Lysander

    But then it started. Emergency news reports slicing into broadcasts simultaneously on every channel, news reporters calmly explaining that a phial of Lysander 3 had been stolen by a new radical terrorist group called Avalanche. Their faces were sullen, but their voices shook with barely contained fear, the panic to which they long to succumb being fought back before my eyes. At that moment sitting there in my bedroom I knew deep down that things would never be the same.

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  10. How does Shakespeare present each group of characters in A Midsummer Nights Dream

    This argument means that the seasons change. Puck the other main character in the fairies is Oberon's "right hand man" he is sent to make Titania look like a fool as Oberon's revenge. Puck is Oberon's jester. He has many names he likes to think himself as a "merry wanderer of the night". But he is known to be a "shrewd and knavish sprite" called "Robin Goodfellow" and a "hobgoblin". He gets this name because he plays nasty tricks on people and does not always do what the king tells him to do.

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  11. In What Ways Does Shakespeare Create Disorder And Confusion in Act 3 Scene 2?

    I can tell that she believes they are all mocking her because in act 3 scene 2 - line 168, Helena says "Never did mockers waste more idle breathe." She is annoyed with both the boys as they follow her around endlessly is filled with humour, this is ironic because she now has too much love instead of too little. Although confusing it is also comical, and contains much dramatic irony because the audience knows what is going on in the play but the players do not.

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  12. Comment on the different kinds if dramatic speech in this extract - Act 3 Scene 2 (413-463) A Midsummer Nights Dream.

    Thou shalt buy this dear'. Demetrius is also competitive and this emphasises his macho behaviour. Demetrius is presented in the same light as Lysander in which he is obsessed with revenge and is concerned with competitiveness Shakespeare presents Lysander and Demetrius as revengeful, selfish, and in a macho way, he does this by using dramatic irony, this is comical for the audience although this effect also reveals the feelings of the characters involved. Demetrius and Lysander talk of their revenge for each other, this is brought across in a macho way which Shakespeare may be portraying as a stereotypical view of males.

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  13. A Midsummer Night's Dream - How might the staging of Act IV Scene I emphasize the influence of the spirit world on the human world?

    Puck, who cast the spell on Titania and Bottom, is up on the right pillar looking down on them. The flower he used should be prominently displayed on stage when characters under its spell are performing. On stage, Titania should be dressed in a long shimmering dress, possibly in shades of purple and red to portray her as a regal but magical character. She should, in addition to this, be acting at a higher level than the fairies to symbolize her authority over them. The fairies in this scene should also be wearing clothing that catch the natural light in the theatre, but should not be wearing clothes as beautiful or as colorful as Titania's, again to create the image of different power levels.

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  14. To what extent is the mechanicals’ performance of Pyramus and Thisby a success?

    Oberon uses the love flower to make Titania love him again. Puck sorts out the mess and makes it so that Hermia and Lysander love each other and Demetrius and Helena love each other. Including Theseus and Hippolyta, three couples get married at the end of the play. Their entertainment at the reception is a play put on by the mechanicals. During rehearsals, the play is described by the mechanicals as "A tedious and brief scene of young Pyramus and his love Thisby; a very tragical mirth" (5.1.56), but when performing it is described as "The most lamentable comedy and most cruel death of Pyramus and Thisby" (1.2.11).

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  15. More then one type of love in Mid Summer Nights Dream

    One of the two loves described was the love of infatuation. Shakespeare considers this love as a fever longing still. This type of love is similar to a rollercoaster, it goes up and down and right when you think your going straight and everything is stable, before you know it your upside down. The couple that best demonstrates this is Demetrius and Helena. At the beginning of the story Helena is obsessed with Demetrius, while Demetrius doesn?t care about Helena what so ever.

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  16. Midsummer Nights Dream Act II Questions and Answers

    The one that stands out the most is the town?s weaver, Bottom, a man with very high self-esteem, and has the confidence (or so he thinks) that he can play any of the parts. 2. In the beginning, Hermia is shown to be refusing her fathers order, Egeus, upon marrying his chosen man, Demetrius. In response, Egeus goes to the duke for her disobedience in response for death, Theseus whom proposes him a deal if she marries him or become a nun for life.

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  17. A Midsummer Night's Dream. The play is mainly about the madness, lawlessness and laughableness of love. Discuss.

    As she is mine, I may dispose of her Which shall be either to this gentleman Or to her death'. It seems ridiculous and unbelievable that a father would rather let his daughter die than allow her to marry the man she loves. Indeed, love often causes the afflicted to act out of character, or to do things one normally would not do. This is the madness of love that drives the action of A Midsummer Night's Dream. It is this type of love that causes Hermia to risk death by refusing to marry Demetrius.

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Conclusion analysis

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How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • To what extent is the mechanicals’ performance of Pyramus and Thisby a success?

    "To conclude, 'The Tragedy of Pyramus and Thisby' did not succeed as a tragedy because it was poorly written and poorly acted. It did, however, work brilliantly as a comedy, even if the mechanicals did not mean it to be. If it had been successful as a tragedy, it would not have been such a success, because people want to be happy on their wedding day. Pyramus and Thisby- a successful disaster."

  • Discuss Pucks role in A Midsummer Nights Dream.

    "Puck's role is also to conclude the play with a monologue (solo address). "If we shadows have offended, ... think but this, and all is mended,... that you have but slumb'red here ... While these visions did appear. ... And this weak and idle theme,... No more yielding but a dream, ... Gentles, do not reprehend. ...If you pardon, we will mend." Finally, he says, "So, good night unto you all. ... Give me your hands, if we be friends, ... And Robin shall restore amends It ends with a restoration of human relationships. He speaks the final words at the end of the play in an attempt to make amends with the audience and apologize for the fairies behavior during the performance. Puck makes it clear that the fairies' mischief was not intended to cause harm, and that all will be set aright. Hence Puck's role is to bring peace to the play after many endless conflicts."

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