Study Guide for Midterm(1)

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Study Guide Key Points of Lupton’s Lectures MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM Shakespeare the maker: my thesis Shakespeare created A Midsummer Night’s Dream  by weaving together various media, traditions,   and plots into an imaginary world of his own   making, where he could explore how people develop, negotiate, and resolve love relationships.   To do this, they must learn how to make their   ways through a landscape shaped by rules,   stories, traditions, and images that they have not   created themselves. Three levels in which “making” functions in our reading of this play: the “made” or crafted nature of drama as an art form the “made” or fictional character of the fantasy world in Shakespeare’s  play the ways we all “make” our own lives in response to the images and  traditions that surround us. Shakespeare’s theater: First performed privately, then played in a public theatre for a much larger mixed audience with wealthy patrons at the balconies and the working class men on the ground. Meeting the rude mechanicals (Act One, Scene Two) Quince the Carpenter Carpenter = builder (structure of the building, not details) Quince = “quines,” blocks of wood use for building director Bottom the Weaver Weaver = maker of cloth Bottom = skein on which the yarn is wound; also, bottom as “butt” or “ass” he plays Pyramus, the tragic lover Flute the Bellows Mender Bellows mender = repairs the bellows used to increase the flow of air to a fire. Flute = fluted bellows for a church organ; high pitched voice of a boy actor before his voice changes He plays Thisbe, the female lead
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Snug the Joiner Joiner = skilled carpenter who makes stairs, cabinets, finishings Snug = close- fitting, well- joined He plays the Lion Robin Starveling the Tailor Tailor = sews clothes (costumes!!) Starveling = tailors were proverbially thin He plays Thisbe’s mother Snout the Tinker Tinker = mends metal household items such as pots and pans. Snout = spout of a kettle He plays Pyramus’ father. The Rude Mechanicals and Making They are makers by profession. Their making, however, is considered lesser than that of poets (“hard-handed men, that work in Athens here” [V.i.72; p. 73]. Work of the hands versus work of the mind. Their skills would have been needed by the theatre (costumes, sets, draperies, props). Shakespeare was fashioning himself as a poet, a literate “maker” of worlds, and in the first performance at least, he was addressing a courtly audience who did not participate in the trades. He was, however, the son of a glover, and had some ties to the guilds and craft traditions. The audience in the public theatre would have included working men among the “groundlings” as well as successful independent craftsmen in the galleries. THESIS: THE RUDE MECHANICALS AND THEATRICAL MAKING
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