Parallels and contrasts in Midsummer

Parallels and contrasts in Midsummer - Moon night dreams...

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Parallels and contrasts in Midsummer o Shakespeare draws on existing work to come up with his new works o Sources for Midsummer: Greek mythology Takes place in Athens, use of Gods Italian romances Four lovers, whose affections keep criss-crossing Elizabethan Social life English folklore o Characters: Athenian court Theseus and Hippolyta 4 lovers Mechanicals Working class Fairy kingdom Fairy king and queen (Oberon and Titania) are in conflict over the child o Themes Love – loves ability to make us better or draw us down into something that is less controlled Dreams Play Art TRUTH vs. ILLUSION – overarching theme o Imagery
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Unformatted text preview: Moon, night, dreams Change and transformation • Bottom into the donkey • Shifting allegiances of lovers Duality of experience o Climactic structure Concentrated plot Few characters Restriction of time, setting, events Linear action Sequential experience: cause & effect Goal: compression & intensity o Episodic structure Leisurely plot Many characters Expansion of time, setting, events Multiple narratives Web/network of experience: interrelationships Goal: breadth & variety o We watched the 1999 version o Metatheatre – theatre drawing attention to itself, a play within a play...
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This note was uploaded on 11/27/2011 for the course DRAMA 115 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at UNC.

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