10H – 11 April 2014 – Midsummer Day 7

Today is a reading day for Acts IV and V. For your journal prompts on Act IV, choose one of the following…

  1. 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?
  2. 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?



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