Write a paraphrase of Theseus’ anti-imagination speech.
Lily, I thought your passage about Hippolyta showed a great understanding of her position; it’s obvious you really know the play! A couple of qualms I have are your overuse of the word “honestly”. Its small but I found it disrupted the flow of your first paragraph. Also make sure when you write your quote from Theseus that you fix up the capital letters so it flows with the rest of the writing! On a happier note I loved your ending. It was funny and speaks to Hippolyta’s quiet wit.
Write a short exposition of what you see the role and function of Puck to be in the first half of MND. Can you see how his language differs from that of Bottom?
The character of Robin, or Puck, is perhaps one of the best loved of all of Shakespeare’s characters, His particular brand of rude boistrousness, clumsy idiocy, and impish humour is a mix that seems to cement itself in the hearts of all who read A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The character himself, however, is not there simply to jest and play. While he remains a comedic character (even refering to himself as a kind of jester for Oberon) he is pivotal in the turn of the play, both in his physical role, and his role in creating a stable plot that seems both realistic and fantastical.
Your passage actually helped he understand Bottom’s soliloquy better. I previously hadn’t considered the idea that Shakespeare seeks to portray a sensationalism that can only be experienced through a story, rather than expeirenced oneself. Your explination of the way in which Bottom accentuates the innability of the human senses to comprehend what has happened to him helped me understand the soliloquy better. Thank you!
You are Bottom. In your own words tell the world what you are like, how you like performing, directing and…. encountering the queen of fairies……
My dear readers, allow me to enchant you with a tale of great fortune! One wherein a man gets all he deserves and yet all he fears. A dramatic tale of love, loss, and passion!
“The name of our hero! What is his name?” I hear you cry. Well, wait no longer, for our star arises, and his name is Bottom.
Christella, you have demonstrated a great understanding of Hermia’s anger. I wish you had explored the language that Shakespeare uses in your letter, as I feel it would make the letter seem more congueous with the actual play. Other than this I ejoyed your letter. You’ve incorporated all the parts of Hermia’s story that are relevant to the subject. Good work!
A Response to Emma
I enjoyed your review as it really opened my eyes to some of the casting choices. Specifically my criticism of the way Cleopatra was caste. Your description of the casting as being relative to their mental ages and a way in which to further modernise the play was something I had not understood upon watching the play, and writing my own review. It explains a lot of Cleopatra’s manerisms and expressions that I had criticised. Thanks for opening my eyes a little!
On my first blog I recieved a peer review which discussed the potential for this scene to be written from Antony’s point of view, and as there are no formal topics for this week, I thought I would challenge myself a bit! I don’t really like Antony too much and I find it much more difficult writing the character being manipulated than the manaipulator, so bear with me if its bad!