Today is a reading day for Acts IV and V. For your journal prompts on Act IV, choose one of the following…
- The fourth act begins and ends with Bottom on stage. Why is this significant? What insight do we gain into him as a character? Why?
- Explain and analyze the character’s responses to the lovers waking up from the love potion. Think Theseus, Hermia, Lysander, Demetrius, Helena and Egeus. How are they similar to/different from the opening scene? Why?
AND…for your journal prompts on Act V, write about this: Shakespeare uses a number of different techniques to create humor in the play-within-a-play. Identify 1-2 examples of these different techniques and explain what makes them entertaining (ridiculous metaphors, excessive alliteration, breaking the ‘fourth wall,’ using the wrong word/name, overdone repetition). What is Shakespeare poking fun at through these techniques? Is it effective? Why or why not?