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insight: Ben Jonson was a guy who lived during the same time period as Shakespeare, he was known to criticize and analyze Shakespeare’s writing, it is said that Jonson had a very big rivalry with Shakespeare. It is unusual that these two men were enemies because a very nice poem was written about Shakespeare by Jonson himself. Jonson says, “To draw no envy, Shakespeare, on thy name, Am I thus ample to thy book and fame. While I confess thy writings to be such, as neither man nor Muse can praise too much.” Jonson basically is saying that he is not jealous of Shakespeare, but rather intrigued by his writing style. Next Jonson says, “Thou art alive still while thy book doth live, and we have wits to read and praise to give.” This means he art and wit are shown in his work. His intelligence is represented in the words of his poems and plays. Lastly, Jonson talks about Shakespeare’s influences for his writing and what his peers think of him. “For, if I thought my judgment were of years, I should commit thee surely with thy peers, and though thou hadst small Latin and less Greek, from thence to honor thee I would not seek.” Jonson says that the people in town judge Shakespeare and give him feedback, but regardless he is great writer and they love his work.
insight:The name Hermia came from the male name of Hermes. Hermes is associated with trickery, cunning and speed, all of which Shakespeare uses in his play. In the opening scene, Hermia “tricked” her father and “ran” away from the arranged marriage. The name Hermia also means that she is one to steal away all of the men. It is said that the philosopher Aristotle “became a slave to faire Hermia” and took him away from his studoes. In the play, both Lynsader and Demetrius fall in love with her. These men will do anything for her just like Aristotle did for his Hermia.
First television showing : September 25, 1999 Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Daisy compete in Shakespeare's tale of mismatched lovers and a special love potion.
Adam DeStefano's insight:
my video: A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a play that cant be understood by some of the best readers and writers, which is why some remixs of the play can be extremely helpful to watch. This video shows the audience a great Animaniac videos in this short clip of a modern day’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This video by helps to create a better understanding of this play. Shakespeare’s writing is often misinterpreted, but this video helps show the audience what is really going on in the play. Not only does this video provide a very great explanation of the speech,it also makes a mid summer night's dream seem funny and silly. This video helps students see Shakespeare’s writing in a whole new perspective.
work sited:first television showing: september 25, 1999. youtube..
insight:this article explains the role of women in Shakespeare’s plays and how women’s place in society influenced his writing. Vergina woolf explains that women back then were supposed to just sit at home and obey their husbands. In his life time, Shakespeare had a child named Susana, who was not only smart but spirited, and Shakespeare was proud of her.He allowed her to slightly defy the role of typical women in this time period. However, in his plays he reflected the Elizabethan attitude that daughters were expected to obey, and were considered property of their father and husband.
insight: Some people might think it’s completely obvious that Puck serves as a trickster in Shakespeare’s A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream. Many people believe there are several traits that make one a trickster, and different people have different ideas on what traits they have. Rather than just assuming Puck is a trickster, some people can proove an argument that actually supports the fact that he is a trickster by comparing his behaviors to some traits of tricksters.
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