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ShakespeareTone & Imagery Tone – attitude of the speaker. Can be figured out whether Shakespeare is using poetry or prose. ‘Thou’ is informal is this period to speak to servants and inferiors, communicates nearness, intimacy, and affection, or insults a superior or equal. ‘You’ is formal. Pay attention to details, audience, and diction. Imagery – concrete features with vivid details. What a play is about vs. what it is filled with. Complexity is a feature of Shakespeare and not a bug. Shakespeare’s writings developed from his readings. Week 1: Compass Week 2: Venn Diagram Who/what deserves special attention? Understanding precedes critique. Ask how does this work on its own terms? Suspend judgement of the text. Overlaps Set in Athens, ends with a triple wedding. Four groups – the fairies, the poorer people (workers), the children (lovers), the Duke and soon to be wife (rulers). Act 5 – play within a play. We see the audience is also a group incorporated. Pay attention to patterns:-Seems-Shadow-Nature-Like -Failure to properly represent reality Underlaps: trope on how language cannot define everything Love plays a key role in this play. Not a play about marriage. Shakespeare liked ambiguity.