Thursday & Friday we’ll be reading Act III from Midsummer Night’s Dream. Like usual, we’ll write in our lab books and then discuss, as soon as we’re done reading.
- Last name Ad-Hil: In Act III, Oberon and Helena both demonstrate some surprising changes in character. Analyze this. Explain the differences we see in these two characters and theorize about why or how the change happens. USE THE TEXT.
- Last name Ho-Pro: Act III is loaded with imagery related to eyes and seeing (just like Acts I and II). Explain why. It may help to consider the differences between SEEING and PERCEIVING. Seeing is the act of using the eyes to gain physical knowledge about the world, Perceiving is the psychological act of interpreting information received through the eyes.
- Last name Pu-Z: Try to explain→ What is SHAKESPEARE saying about romantic love? Things to consider as you think and write about this:
First, the unmarried couples…
- The ease and speed with which Lysander abandons Hermia and the “tedious minutes” he has spent with her.
- The disdain Demetrius has for his former honey, Helena, that he would threaten to do “mischief” to her “virtue” since he is “alone” with her in a “desert[ed] place.”
- Helena’s persistence and despair in following Demetrius, begging to be used like his “spaniel,” even though she was made “to be wooed, and not to woo.
- Titania’s adoration of Bottom, despite his appearance.
But then the married couple, Oberon and Titania…
- The accusations about the other person having feelings for Theseus or Hippolyta
- The discord in nature and the whole world as a result of the rift in Oberon and Titania’s marriage.
- The wish for Titania to fall in love upon waking–and the evil hoping that she will “wake when some vile thing is near.”