This image is very self explanatory. It is a character map of A Midsummer Night's Dream. It shows who the characters are and the relationship between each of the characters. When we first started reading the play in class, I was confused on who each charcter was and this helped clear things up.
This source gives information about Theseus. Not the Theseus from A Midsummer Night"s Dream, but the Thesus from Greek Mythology. Where the article only provides a paragraph of information about Theseus, I was able to see where Shakespeare may have gotten inspiration for his character Theseus in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Theseus is a hero from Greek mythology so like all Greek heroes, he displayed traits of bravery, courage, wisdom, and cleverness. Theseus in the play is the Duke of Athens which is a Greek city-state. To be a duke, you not only have to be the King's brother, but also you must be wise so that you are able to make good decisions. The author of the article also includes the story of Theseus versus the Minotaur, one of the most famous stories from Greek mythology. Another reason that Shakespeare may have included Theseus as a character in his play is because popular characters are good for the audience. Shakespeare took advantage of the fact that most people have heard the myth so he added Theseus, the leader of Athens, to his play. When i was looking for this article, i was just looking for something, anyting on Theseus. I know about the mythological Theseus and to see him in a play was definetly something that i wanted to look into.
This historical article is about the outfits that actors would wear when performing their plays at the Globe Theatre. The author talks about what people have said when researching costumes worn at the Globe during the Elizabethen Age. Because the costumes are Elizabethan, they dont really fit the body with its shape and make it appear larger. This article helped me imagine more what it would be like to be veiwing a play wrote by Shakespeare at the Globe in Elizabethan times. When i found this article, I had been looking to find something that would help me imagine what a play was like back then. The article gave me a better understanding definetly. This image that i have with it exemplifies how much larger the outifts are than the actual body.
Wengrow, Arnold. "Dressing Up The Globe." TCI: Theatre Crafts International 32.1 (1998): 10. MasterFILE Premier. Web. 4 Feb. 2013.
This article is a literary criticism on A Midsummer Night's Dream. The author believes that the play is more of a comedy than it is a love story. He states that the comedy arrises from the fairies and their interactions with mortals, the four lovers, and just other little things as well. This is a good literary criticism because the author supports his point of view with plenty of facts and quotes from the actual play. I agree with this article that the play is in fact more comedic. I found that the interactions between Demetrius, Lysander, Hermia, and Hellena were funny before i read this. That's why this is exactly what i looked for when i was looking for my literary criticism.
Comtois, M. E. "The Comedy Of The Lovers In A Midsummer Night's Dream." Essays In Literature 12.1 (1985): 15-25. Literary Reference Center. Web. 26 Feb. 2013.
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Brian Lamoureux's insight:
This video is just a random one that i found on Youtube. I just typed in A Midsummer Night's Dream and its what popped up. I watched it once fully through and its a lot easier to understand the play this way. The animated characters combine Shakespearean verse with normal english so it sounds fancy but is actually easy to understand which i really liked. Plus, some of the scenes were funny in this video and i didnt think they were funny when I read the play.
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