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A mid summer night s dream by shakespeare

‘A MID-SUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM’ BY SHAKESPEARE

Emma Jury 110041189


A mid summer night s dream by shakespeare

Plot

Theseus, the Duke of Athens, is preparing for his marriage to Hippolyta during a 4-day festival whilst trying to marry his daughter, Hermia, off to Demetrius. Hermia loves Lysander and does not want to marry Demetrius and decides to run away into the woods with Lysander in the hope to get married in the house of Lysander's. Helena, Hermia's best friend, who is in love with Demetrius, tells Demetrius of Hermia’s plans and follows Demetrius into the woods to find Hermia and Lysander.


In the woods

IN THE WOODS…

Helena and Demetrius, meet Oberon and Titania, king and queen of the fairies. Titania and Oberon have been fighting about a young Indian prince Oberon and as revenge, Oberon asks his servant, Puck, to acquire a magic flower that can make a person fall in love with the first thing he sees upon waking.

Oberon wanted to sprinkle the juice over Titania so she would fall in love with him, but changes his mind and asks Puck to spread the juice over Demetrius’ eyes so he will fall in love with Helena.

Puck accidently sprinkles the juice over Lysander’s eyes and as Lysander wakes he sees Helena first, causing both men to fall in love with Helena and abandon Hermia. This causes a fight between Lysander and Demetrius and they are lead apart in the forest to be later found by Titania and Oberon.


At the end

AT THE END…

Theseus and Hippolyta find Lysander and Hermia sleeping and take them back to Athens and somehow Demetrius now loves Helena and Lysander now loves Hermia and they have a group wedding to celebrate. After the wedding, Puck and his craftsman perform a play and the newly-weds go to bed where the fairy king and queen place a protective charm on the sleeping couples. Only Puck remains and he asks the audience to remember the play as though it all were a dream.


Teaching approach engagement experiences

Teaching approach & engagement experiences

Year level: Year 10

Engagement experiences would include: -Students discussing themes love, friendship and their thoughts about the nature of reality and the different ways illusion is part of our everyday lives). - Looking at the cultural/historical aspects of Athenians and how this period of time (1600s) has influenced Shakespeare's work. -Researching/discussing how Elizabethans viewed marriage and the reasoning for deciding whom young women would marry (i.e. in Royal families)


Teaching approaches

TEACHING APPROACHES

  • Look at language features (i.e. blank verse, iambic pentameter) and having students work in pairs to create examples of these poetic techniques.

  • Students create a journal of plot details, settings and characterisations

  • Students working in small groups, taking on a character each and answering questions in perspective of their character, discussing ideas as a class and posting answers to Edmodo or Glogster class forum. For example: “In Theseus' view, what is his main concern about Hermia as father and king of Athens?”

  • Watching the movie and making further notes about plot, setting, characterisations and different ways 'dream' and 'moon' have been used/its symbolic value within text.

  • Students work in small groups to plan/record a news report or short movie based on a modern-day version of the events occurring in a scene of their choice. Posting video to Edmodo or Glogster class forum.


Reference list

Reference list

  • Davis, H. K., Date Unknown, 'A midsummer night's dream', Signet Classic, Federal Hocking High School, pp. 2-25, 6 May 2013, <http://www.us.penguingroup.com/static/pdf/teachersguides/midsummer.pdf>'A midsummer night's dream: Entire play', 1993, MIT University, 6 May 2013, <http://shakespeare.mit.edu/>


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