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Lit Crit: Titles?

Lit Crit: Titles? | Courtey's A Midsummer Night's Dream | Scoop.it
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In this Literary Criticism, it discusses how the title for Midsummer Night's Dream is random and unplanned. Shakespeare never focuses on when his plays were but where they were. When I started reading this play I never once got why the play was named what it was named. Part of the name makes perfect sense which is the dream. Basically almost the entire play was a dream. The play is said to be in a spring setting and not a summer setting like is stated in the title. It is also said that the "mid" is in code for "mad" making it "Mad Summer". Shakespeare was either of two ways, strangely connecting when he was giving out names or crazy when incorrectly naming people or the title. For example, Snout the Tinker is a very strange connection but it works. A snout is a part that a tinker uses. The writer makes a good point when saying Shakespeare is crazy.

 

Fleissner, Robert F. "Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream." Explicator 55.2 (1997): 72. Literary Reference Center. Web. 3 Mar. 2013.

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Midsummer Night's Dream; Flower Scene

Midsummer Night's Dream; Flower Scene | Courtey's A Midsummer Night's Dream | Scoop.it
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Picture: I was drawn to this picture because i was looking for something with color and the flower scene. You can see someone with a vine in their hands with the flower to make someone fall in love which I believe is Robin. In the back of the picture there is what I think is the Queen who is holding a child close to her who is most likely the Indian boy. Also fairies swarm the entire picture.

 

"John Anster Fitzgerald, Titania and the Changeling - A Midsummer Night’s Dream | Dark Classics." John Anster Fitzgerald, Titania and the Changeling. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Mar. 2013.

 

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Shakespeare's Got Game; Historical Article

Shakespeare's Got Game;  Historical Article | Courtey's A Midsummer Night's Dream | Scoop.it
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In this article, "Shakespeare's Got Game" it states "...Shakespeare's legacy lingers." The attention-grabbing article links current rappers to Shakespeare's art of the plays and sonnets. The article explains how he took his sonnets and brought them to life while "[poking] fun at society." This part I found interesting because it connects how in the plays "Midsummer Night's Dream" and "Romeo and Juliet" the father dominates the family. The father could punish the woman as they please and forced the daughters to marry whom the father chose. He has a respect for woman not many men did in those times and his plays show it. Shakespeare had a tendency to make his plays against the ideology of young love and marriage stirring up "...controversy with strong language and themes." It also states "[Shakespeare] used his work to make statements about the world he lived in," which is also shown in the play "Midsummer Night's Dream". Shakespeare had an opinion and I believe his plays were the way he stated them.

 

Zadrozny, Alicia. "Shakespeare's Got Game." Read 59.15 (2010): 28-31. Literary Reference Center. Web. 3 Mar. 2013.

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sarah levesque's comment, March 7, 2013 8:14 PM
I found this really interesting how you compared the rappers of this time period to Shakespeares plays. It was interesting how Shakespeare would twist around words so it seemed as though the words rhymed, just like rappers today do.
Allison Mosichuk's comment, March 12, 2013 8:02 PM
I agree with Sarah! I thought this article was a very original idea and I would have never thought to compare Shakespeare to rappers.
Courtney Garrahan's comment, March 13, 2013 8:02 PM
Thanks sarah and allison! I loved ane enjoyed this article too. Cassandra, like it said in my insite, shakespeare would twist the way you say a word to rhyme with another word like rappers do today. Also they speak about how rappers tend to write about the world we live in. They rap about poor, rich, and being gay like Same Love by Malcommore. Shakespeare did that too. He spoke about how the oldest male dominated over the family which was very common back then.
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Source: The Two Noble Kinsmen

Source: The Two Noble Kinsmen | Courtey's A Midsummer Night's Dream | Scoop.it
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In this story, Theseus and Hippolyta were in the middle of getting married when they were interrupted by 3 weeping, recently widowed, Queens dressed in black from Thebes. The wedding is immediately paused so Theseus can gather his army to get the bodies of the dead husbands from Creon, King of Thebes, so they can have a proper burial. The Queens get their husband's bodies back but then there starts to be similarities to suggest Midsummer Night's Dream has a few basic points that is similar to this play which was introduced to the world before Midsummer Night's Dream was. 2 Cousins were put in jail because they were planning leaving Thebes and the King did not like that. One of the cousins, Palamon saw Hippolyta's sister Emilia and instantly fell in love as did his cousin, Arcite, soon after. They fought and fought over who would have her but there never was a settlement. The Jailer's daughter then sees Palamon and falls in love. Now this is starting to sound familiar to Midsummer Night's dream. Later on in the play the Jailers daughter falls in love with someone else and Palamon and Arcite fight to the death for Emilia's love. In the end Palamon ends up with Emilia. Connecting to Midsummer Night's Dream, Palamon is similar to Lysander, Arcite is similar to Demetrius, Hermia is almost like Emilia, and Helena is close to the Jailer's daughter.

 

Holladay, Hal L. "The Two Noble Kinsmen." Masterplots, Fourth Edition (2010): 1-3. Literary Reference Center. Web. 3 Mar. 2013.

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Cassaundra Trudel's comment, March 7, 2013 12:46 PM
Do you know when this story written or if it was written before or after Shakespeare's time?
Jessica Blakemore's comment, March 7, 2013 5:16 PM
When you were explaining this love triangle to the class it seemed kind of confusing in comparison to MSND
Courtney Garrahan's comment, March 13, 2013 7:58 PM
The play was written in 1613 and jess, at first look to MSND it was confusing for me and many others. So first look at this story its just as confusing or a little more.
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A Midsummer Night's Dream; Told by children

https://sites.google.com/site/midsummerproject/ Shakespeare's classic tale, Midsummer Night's Dream performed by children. This is the trailer of our 35 minu...
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The Shakespearean story A Midsummer Night's Dream is recreated by children. When I had first watched this video it made me realize that anyone could be struck by "cupid’s arrow" or love. The character's in Midsummer Night's Dream portray children by how blind they are when love steams up their eyes. Also I noticed how in one part of the video the children use insults which were similar to an activity conducted in class when we recited sonnets and am also in act 4 of Midsummer Night's Dream where Helen and Hermia fight over Lysander's love. In another part, there is the Fairy King asking the Fairy Queen for the Indian boy which also takes place in Midsummer Night's Dream. This video is a good idea of what some see in the characters for their foolishness and jealousy at times through children’s eyes.

 

 "A Midsummer Night's Dream." YouTube. YouTube, 21 Dec. 2006. Web. 03 Mar. 2013.

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