3 19 10 Midsummer Nights Dream act I by 6fZpX3Vk


									Thurs, 3-18-10 and Fri, 3-19-10

Bellwork: Please do bellwork and classwork on the same sheet of paper
and turn in to the box at the end of class.

  1. In ancient times, the moon was a symbol of insanity. Insane
     people were called “lunatics,” from the Latin word “luna”
     meaning “moon,” because they were thought to become crazy
     from staring at the moon too long.
   Give at least three other examples of what the moon can be a
  symbol of, or represent.

  2. Lysander and Hermia are teenagers, around the same age as you,
     and they are leaving everyone and everything they know to be
     together. From what we’ve seen so far, do you think Lysander
     and Hermia are in love with being in love and the drama of that,
     or are they in real love? Do people your age understand what real
     love is? Do they know how to express love?

  3. Why would Shakespeare choose to have some of the characters
     speak in verse? What effect might this have on the audience?
On a separate sheet of paper, answer the following questions analyzing Act I. You must use your
book to do this assignment. Please answer in complete sentences, with the exception of #1.

1. Act I of A Midsummer Night’s Dream takes place in the daytime, but it contains many images of the moon
that foreshadow the night to come. In fact, the word “moon” appears 45 times in this play, more times than
in any other. For each image, analyze and explain the moods that the images suggest and what the
moon might represent. The last box is for you to find another example of moon imagery in Act 1
(don’t forget Diana, also called Phoebe, goddess of the moon).

Image                               Analyze and explain mood           Represents
Theseus: “how slow this old         anticipation (Theseus is excited   time, changes in life reflect the
moon wanes!”                        about the wedding/                 changes of the moon.
Hippolyta: “and the moon, like
a silver bow/New bent in
heaven, shall behold the
night/Of our solemnities.”
Egeus: “thou hast by moonlight
at her window sung”
Lysander: “when Phoebe doth
behold her silver visage in the
watry glass,/Decking with
liquid pearl the bladed grass—
/A time that lovers’ slights doth
still conceal--/Through Athens’
gates have we devised to steal

When we speak of love…
2. Lysander is using similes to describe love’s unsmooth course in lines 1.1.141-149. Now look at Hermia’s
response, lines 152-157. Whose emotions seem more honest to you? Are these two really in love? Put each
character’s speech into your own words, explaining the similes and metaphors used, and explain which seems
more sincere.

3. Compare Theseus’s first lines Hippolyta, that begin with “Now, fair Hippolyta, our nuptial hour/Draws
on apace…” (I, i) to Lysander’s first speech to Hermia, which begins, “How now, my love! Why is your cheek
so pale? (I, i). How is their speech similar? How are their problems similar? How are each different?

4. Note how the language of the artisans (Bottom, etc.) differs from that of the court (Theseus and
Hippolyta), of the lovers (Hermia, etc.). What is achieved by this variety? In other words, why did
Shakespeare make this decision? Be sure to note the mistakes in vocabulary the workers make, the use of
descriptive or figurative language, and whether the actors are speaking in poetry or prose, and what difference
all of this makes in the audience’s perception of these characters and the play.

5. Reread Egeus’ first speech in lines 1.1.22-45 and his final speech in lines 1.1-95-98. Count how many times
the words “my” or “mine” are used. He claims that Lysander has “stol’n” from him. What can you conclude
from this about Egeus’ opinion of his daughter’s rights and opinions? Is Shakespeare in support of this or
against it? Think about who the audience likely sympathizes with at the end of scene 1—Hermia or Egeus.
Also, consider other women in the play—what other woman has been “stol’n”? Are the female figures weak
and submissive or strong? Give plenty of examples and explanation.

Instructions: Each student must sign up for a character. Only once all characters have someone
who will clothe them may remaining students sign up to bring a second item in for any character.
Otherwise we will have naked characters! Limit: 2 students per character.

Bring in an item of clothing that your character would likely wear. This item needs to be large
enough and obvious enough so that when your classmates see a student wearing this item, they will
recognize the student as your character (ex: the queen wears a crown, the carpenter carries a tool).
Items may be actual pieces of clothing or creations made of paper, cardboard, coffee filters, etc.

In order to receive credit, you must bring in the item Monday with a three-sentence WRITTEN
explanation of why the item you bring in would “fit” your character. You may read ahead to
discover more about your character if necessary.

You will be graded on creativity, how well your item “fits” and your explanation, and the relative
ease with which your classmates can recognize your character based on your item.

Character                         Name of Student
Theseus, Duke of Athens
Hippolyta, Queen of
Philostrate, Master of Revels
Egeus, father of Hermia
Hermia, in love with
Lysander, in love with
Demetrius, chosen to wed
Helena, in love with
Peter Quince, carpenter
Nick Bottom, weaver
Francis Flute, bellows-
Tom Snout, a tinker
Robin Starveling, a tailor
Snug, a joiner
Oberon, King of Fairies
Titania, Queen of Fairies
Robin Goodfellow, a Puck
Peaseblossom, Cobweb,
Mote, and Mustardseed,

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