A midsummer night's dream review

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A midsummer night's dream review

  1. 1. A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  2. 2. Character Descriptions <ul><ul><li>Theseus : Duke of Athens </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hippolyta : Queen of the Amazons and betrothed of Theseus. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Egeus : father of Hermia, wants to force Hermia to marry Demetrius. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lysander : beloved of Hermia. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hermia : beloved of Lysander. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Demetrius : in love with Hermia. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Helena : in love with Demetrius </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Philostrate : Master of the Revels for Theseus </li></ul></ul>The Athenians:
  3. 3. Themes <ul><li>Love (the darker side) </li></ul><ul><li>Loss of individual identity (blurring identities between reality and fantasy) </li></ul><ul><li>Ambiguous sexuality (sexual for that time period) </li></ul><ul><li>Feminist (Shakespeare’s work normally falls under the male dominance category) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Shakespeare liked to “lol,” too. <ul><li>Most Shakespearian plays are written to be dramatic, and normally under the genre of tragedy. But, with A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the play is actually under a comical feel which is fairly rare for that time period, and for any of Shakespearian plays. What did you find humorous about the play, if anything? </li></ul>
  5. 5. Have you “Scene” it? <ul><li>What scene of the play did you find most interesting? </li></ul><ul><li>What character have you most identified with? </li></ul><ul><li>What do you think inspired William Shakespeare to write this play? </li></ul>
  6. 6. Why this play is important to YOU. <ul><li>Shakespearian literature isn’t only entertaining, but it has also shaped the things you read and write today. As I explained in the “Shakespeare Biography” PowerPoint, a lot of the English language is owed to Shakespeare, and also a lot of literature, today. </li></ul>
  7. 7. My Theories <ul><li>William Shakespeare was probably the greatest playwright of all time. Feel free to disagree, but the evidence is all around us, everyday. I feel that, unlike most people, Shakespeare wanted his life to remain a secret so that we may appreciate his works without bias. I feel that he wanted us to not judge his work due to his lifestyle, and in that, he was successful. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Your Job <ul><li>Now that we’ve read William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and we’ve reviewed it, it is your turn to become a playwright. I will be passing out a worksheet with the complete instructions. </li></ul>

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