Midsummer NIght's Dream lecture

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WHAT IS THIS THING CALLED LOVE? 18:00 I. OVERVIEW: COMPONENTS A. Frame: Theseus and Hippoltya Conflict in the past Takes place between the announcement of wedding and the wedding itself B. Main plot: A Quartet of Lovers Lysander and Hermia Demetrius is perused by Helena C. Subplot: The Fairies Tatania  Octo-syllabic cuplets D. Subplot: The Workmen’s Play  Comic prose Bottom is organizing a play to honor theseus Bottom is transformed into an ASS o Has to be changed back into human form before the play o Physical representation of a metamorphosis  II. THE LOVERS IN ATHENS Pg. 1 Theseus “Now, fair Hippolyta…”
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Sets the scene Evocation of harmony CONFLICT Egeus (Heavy father) o Makes complaint to the court of Duke Theseus o Pg. 2 implicitly comic o Voice of reason Pg. 5 Hermia “I do entreat your grace…” o Comedy about love, marriage, reproduction Pg. 8 Lysander “Ay me, for aught that I could ever read…” o Rise to climax that Helena gives in her soliloquy  (Pg. 12) The Lover’s Dance 1. Before play: Hermia  Lysander Helena   Demetrius 2. In Athens at opening: Hermia   Lysander Demetrius Hermia Helena (LONER) 3. In forest: Hermia (LONER)
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Lysander/Demetrius Helena 4. In Athens at end: Hermia   Lysander Helena    Demetrius III. THE LOVERS IN THE FOREST Lysander wakes and sees Helena (II.2.102-116) o Lysander loves Helena o Rhyming complex o Picture of instability of desire/being in love/what it’s like to be a lover Increase in confusion Comically violent Helena and Hermia (cat fight…meowww) Lysander and Demetrius go after each other with swords Puck charms all the four lovers to sleep Pg. 60 PUCK “Yet but three?. ..” IV. OUT OF THE WOODS: DAWN New harmony Form of Theseus riding to the hunt into the woods Emblem of discord concord harmony
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