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

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How does Shakespeare make Act III scene I of A Midsummer Night's Dream dramatically effective? Introduction This scene is very important to the play as it is the point at which the two completely separate groups (the mortals and the fairies) are brought together. Before they had nothing to do with each other and were unaware of each others existence. This turns out to be a huge mistake that they come together, everything is turned upside down, mainly thanks to Puck. After this scene, everything is different: the groups have come together and the characters' situations change. The Actors Rehearse The play is not going as well as the actors thought it would. Quince seems to be in charge and directing the play but Bottom is not happy with this at all. He wants to direct himself. He butts in and wants to play every part 'let it be written in eight and eight' and he is not content with the way Quince is doing things so makes it as hard as he can for him. In Shakespeare's time the theatre was very different to nowadays. The stage was bare and they used very little scenery, with all performances taking place in the afternoon and in open air. This meant that the audience had to use their minds and imagine everything. ...read more.

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Another example is when we can see Titania sleeping at the back of the stage. As well as us knowing that Puck is invisible we know that he is very naughty and likes messing things up so with Titania sleeping we know that something is going to happen. The Transformation Of Bottom Puck is up to his old tricks again and just is not happy with the havoc he has already caused so he decides to play a little prank on Bottom. The play rehearsal is going reasonably well, Bottom is his usual bossy self, overacting and trying to take over. None of the actors have any idea what's going to happen they are all too busy trying to perfect the play. When Bottom suddenly comes back in with an ass's head it goes from reasonably relaxed to a complete uproar. Of course the audience knew Puck was there all the time but Puck is invisible to the actors, which is why they are so surprised. "O monstrous! O strange! We are haunted! Pray, masters! Fly, masters! Help!" cries Peter Quince and on that note the entire acting crew fled leaving Bottom in a dark magical forest with an ass's head and an unknown character sleeping nearby. After Bottom gets his ass's head the pace of the rehearsal changes completely, the rest of the actors run around in absolute disarray confused and terrified. ...read more.

Conclusion

Lead him to my bower. The moon methinks looks with a watery eye; And when she weeps, weeps every little flower, Lamenting in some enforced chastity. Tie up my lover's tongue; bring him silently.' This shows just how badly she is in love with Bottom and what she is willing to do for him, she wants to give him her virginity. It reminds us just how much trouble Puck has caused and makes us wonder what is going to happen, how is he going to get out of it or make it right. Conclusion Without this scene none of the major events that happen in this play would happen, Puck transforming Bottom's head in to an ass's head - Titania falling in love with him. This is the main theme in this scene and it changes everything. A lot of things happen in this scene, some that the audience didn't expect, and some that are more obvious - dramatic irony. There is a lot of dramatic irony used in this scene so the audience play a small part, you know things that the characters don't and in effect what is happening and this makes you feel more involved. At the beginning of the scene Bottom is rude and very loud and in your face but at the end when he's met Titania and the four fairies he's totally different, changed for the better but he doesn't know about the love juice so just carries on and thinks nothing of it. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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