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Man Is But An Ass

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IMAGE: This image shows how the mold of the head of the ass that usedin UMASS's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.  It was designed to provide maximum comfort to the person wearing it, and allow good sound through the mask when speaking.  It was made so that it was lightweight, and easy to move around in while on stage. 
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Brian Rose's comment, March 10, 2014 9:39 PM
I like your explanation of this image, and i find it very interesting how they created their props back in Shakespeare's day. The fact that they even compensated for the acoustics of the mask is very cool!
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Historical Article

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HISTORICAL ARTICLE:  This article describes how performers would prepare and act in battle scenes during the Elizabethan era.  Many performers would learn dancing, fencing, and gymnastics to improve the quality of performances.  Battle scenes were most commonly used as climaxes to plays.  
 "Battles." Shakespeare's Theatre: A Dictionary Of His Stage Context (2004): 62-63. Literary Reference Center. Web. 26 Feb. 2014.

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The Golden Ass

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SOURCE ARTICLE:  The Golden Ass is a novel written in the second century CE by Lucius Apuleius.  In the novel, an important character is transformed into an ass, just like in A Midsummer Night's Dream.  Shakespeare took the idea of the transformation into an ass and changed it however.  In The Golden Ass, the transformation is a punishment for sleeping with a servant in the household.  In A Midsummer Night's Dream it is just a joke played by a trickster to gain amusement for himself.  
"The Golden Ass." Masterplots, Fourth Edition (2010): 1-3. Literary Reference Center. Web. 2 Mar. 2014.
 

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A Modern Day Midsummer Night's Dream - YouTube

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VIDEO:  This is a video of what A Midsummer Night's Dream by Shakespeare would be like.  The plot is pretty much the same as the actual version of the play, but with modern items added such as credit cars, cell phones, and hand bags.
White, Bailey.  "A Modern Day Midsummer Night's Dream." Online video clip.   YouTube. YouTube, 3 June 2012.  Web.  26 February 2014.

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Christopher Hetu's comment, March 10, 2014 9:05 PM
I agree with Vance, it changed the whole setting completely and the words and text to the play as well and made their interpretation all the more funny and interesting.
Jessica Laliberte's comment, March 10, 2014 9:29 PM
I agree with what David said about it being "flopped". Shakespeare was a very good play writer back then. but like Vance aid if he made this play in this era, it wouldn't be so successful.
morgan brady's comment, March 11, 2014 10:35 AM
i love this video! its so funny and cool. good job on finidng this really cool video.
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Literary Criticism

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LITERARY CRITICISM:  In this literary criticism, it is brought up how Shakespeare uses characters or writing styles to represent certain actions in society or in life.  It states that Shakespeare anthropomorphizes nature, making the gap between man and nature in A Midsummer Night's Dream smaller.  On another level, it is described that some creatures or characters are used to portray aspects of the world.  Puck, for example can be viewed as a character that represents actions that are out of the control of human beings.

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