Picture: This picture is a photo of the title page of the first quarto of A Midsummer Night's Dream. When I was looking for a picture I was drawn to this one because of how old it looked and I wanted to look into in more. I found out that this issue of the book was published in 1600. I thought it was cool that the picture was as detailed as it is because of how old it is. I also thought it was interesting that a book so old is still in good condition. Not many old books look this good.
Video: This video is an overview of the aspect of love in the play A Midsummer Night's Dream. I found it interesting that she related this play to high school relationships. After first watching this video I thought it was a weird comparison but when i thought more about it it really did make sence. Although high school relationships don't use magic potions, people fall into and out of love just as the characters do. High school relationships also expirence drama just like the characters do, such as falling in love with someone else and wanting to get back together with someone. I chose this video because I thought it was very interesting and well made. It helped me look into different aspects of the play.
"A Midsummer Night's Dream" SUMMARY! -- Shakespeare's "A Midsummer ..." ... from 60second RecapÂ®. YouTube. YouTube, 19 Nov. 2010. Web. 06 Feb. 2013.
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Historical Article: This article talks about the fashions styles for men and woman in the Elizabethan time. It first talks about the lower and upper class clothing and how they were very different at first but became more similar as time went on. Woman fashion in the 1600's consisted of oversized skirts with large collars and sleves. It was common in this time period to have men outshine woman with their clothes. Men often wore large padded shirts with high collars and sleeves. Men also wore lace, cloaks, and jewelry such as earings. I chose this article because I found the class differences very interesting. I did not know a lot about woman or mens fashion until reading this article. This article helped me in realizing how important language was during the plays in this time.
Riley, Dick, and Pam McAllister. "When "Goose-Turd Green" Was All The Rage: Elizabethan Fashions." Bedside, Bathtub & Armchair Companion To Shakespeare (2001): 219-225. Literary Reference Center. Web. 6 Feb. 2013.
Source: This article talks about all aspects of A Midsummer Night's Dream but it talks a lot about how Shakespeare came up with the ideas for the play. The author talks about how he thinks the forest spirits in the play were from oral folk traditions. Some of these old folk traditions had spirts that were helpful, mischievous, or sinister. Puck is willing to help Oberon with all of his chores but he still plays pranks on the lovers and the craftsmen in the woods. I chose this article because I was reading it for a different entry but I found it fit better with source entry. It showed me to look at where the author might get their ideas
Literary Criticism: This article is all about Bottom, the weaver and how he takes over when the craftsmen preform the play Pyramus and Thisby. It first describes all of the points in the play where Bottom takes over and controls everyone around him. It then describes how his actions reflect apon his personality. He always has to get his way or he will keep tring until he does. Sometime I wonder how the play would be different if Bottom got his way more often. If he did he would probably have more than one role in the play. I chose this article because I found Bottom a very interesting character and I wanted to learn more about him. This helped me with realizing how important Bottom really was to the play. Link info: username: nshs password: northmen
Girard,Renée. "Bottom's One-Man Show." The Current in Criticism: Essays on the Present and Future of Literary Theory, (1987): 99–122. Quoted as "Bottom's One-Man Show" in Bloom, Harold, ed. A Midsummer Night's Dream, Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations. New York: Chelsea House Publishing, 2010. Bloom's Literary Reference Online. Facts on File, Inc. http://www.fofweb.com/activelink2.asp?ItemID=WE54&SID=5&iPin= MCIMS002&SingleRecord=True (accessed February 12, 2013).
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