Today and Wednesday, we’ll be reading and discussing Act II. Similar to our last round, please choose the correct prompt based on your last name and write about it in your lab book (Ideally, we’ll have some time for writing in class, but probably not a lot).
- Last name A-G — Act II is full of FLOWER imagery. Identify some of the specific examples of this flower imagery and based on what the examples have in common, theorize about the meaning/purpose of the imagery in the play.
- Last name H-Mom — Offer some analysis of Puck. What kind of mood does he create and how do you know? Offer specific evidence or examples.
- Last name Mon-Pro — Say the herb/flower thing is a metaphor or symbol for how infatuation works in real life. Explain how they’re similar/different and why that’s meaningful. How does this connect back to Helena’s theme statement in Act I: “Things base and vile, holding no quantity–love can transpose to form and dignity. Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.”
- Last name Pu-Z — Shakespeare uses a literary technique called “doubling” (also known as FOILS) to explore different sides of reality. For example, in Act I he introduces the “daylight” king and queen (Hippolyta and Theseus). In Act II, he introduces the nighttime king and queen (Titania and Oberon). Compare and contrast some of these foils. In your lab book, also try writing/theorizing about some of the other “doubles” in the play. Who might be a double for Hermia? Egeus? What about the “mechanicals?” Do they have doubles of each other or are there doubles for the mechanicals elsewhere in the play? How do you know?
Wednesday we’ll finish reading (briefly), then write and discuss together as a group.