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Today we’ll have an overview of Act I and also get started reading it. 3rd period voted to read as a whole class. 5th period voted to read in small groups. All fine with me.
Act I needs to be finished by mid-class Friday, so we have our work cut out for us.
Then we’ll need to talk about Act I. For your lab book, I’m going to assign you one of these topics, based on the first letter of your last name:
- Last name starts with A-B: Write about the role of the moon in the opening speeches of Theseus and Hippolyta
- Last name starts with C-G: The various definitions of love (Theseus to Hippolyta, Theseus to Hermia, Lysander/Hermia (based on their duet), Helena (In her monologue “How happy some o’er others…”)
- Last name starts with H-J: The job of “directing” either literally (Peter Quince) or metaphorically (Theseus, Egeus, Lysander, Helena…). Who does it well, who does it badly, does anyone actually have any power to direct the lives of others? How effective are they at doing it?
- Last name starts with K-Mom: Compare/contrast the two duets (Lysander/Hermia vs. Hermia/Helena)
- Last name starts with Mon-Pro: Helena’s monologue “Call you me fair?…”-break it down!
- Last name starts with Pu-Sin: Track the night/moon/dreams motif in I.i and theorize about what it might be symbolizing.
- Last name starts with Ste-U: Track the role of eyes/seeing in I.i and theorize about what it might be symbolizing
- Last name starts with V-Z: The characterization of Bottom and Quince in I.ii — do some compare contrast. Why put these two characters together? What’s Shakespeare trying to say?