A Midsummer Night's Dream Introduction

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  • A Midsummer Night's Dream Introduction

    1. 1. By William Shakespeare A Midsummer Night's Dream
    2. 2. Essential questions… <ul><li>How do we act when we are in love? Why? </li></ul><ul><li>Which emotions “from the heart” are the strongest? Which reveal our true selves? </li></ul><ul><li>How effectively does Shakespeare use humor to make his ideas known about human behavior? </li></ul>
    3. 3. Getting started on Midsummer … <ul><li>The play is about people in love. </li></ul><ul><li>There are three intertwined plots in the play </li></ul><ul><li>There are two settings for the play </li></ul>Let’s try to figure this out…
    4. 4. Was Shakespeare really funny? <ul><li>Yes. </li></ul><ul><li>His humor appealed to people of all tastes and classes </li></ul><ul><li>Midsummer contains all kinds of humor – slapstick, wit, sight gags, puns… </li></ul>
    5. 5. More about Shakespeare’s humor <ul><li>Shakespeare uses humor, satire and parody to express his ideas about our universal human experiences. </li></ul>
    6. 6. Need to know points: Midsummer <ul><li>The play was first performed between 1595 and 1596 </li></ul><ul><li>Like R&J it explores love, but is a comedy, not a tragedy </li></ul><ul><li>Shakespeare explores the complex nature of the human heart </li></ul><ul><li>Midsummer mocks many aspects of human behavior </li></ul>
    7. 7. The Globe Theatre See it in Google Earth See it in 3-D
    8. 8. What’s really happening in Midsummer? <ul><li>Shakespeare uses different kinds of humor to mock people’s common assumptions about love </li></ul><ul><li>Shakespeare uses numerous examples of figurative language to explore the complexities of human emotions </li></ul><ul><li>Shakespeare uses dramatic irony to heighten the sense of comedy and humor in the play </li></ul><ul><li>Shakespeare uses soliloquies by major characters to draw the audience into central ideas and themes </li></ul><ul><li>Shakespeare portrays human relationships in several different lights in order to illustrate the changing and complex sides of human emotions </li></ul>
    9. 9. Read the shortened version of the play’s beginning…

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