A Midsummer Night’s Dream study guideSetting:
1. What do you see, hear, and notice for the setting of the play? What Greek and Elizabethan references are present?
-There are multiple statues that contain Greek gods as well as the names of characters are Greek Gods. The arranged marriage and Hermia’s father ‘owning’ her are Elizabethan era references.
Characters: Names, characteristics, and contributions to the plot 1. Human characters: Lysander, Hermia, Helena, Demetrius, Theseus, Egeus, Hippolyta, Nick Bottom, Peter Quince, Francis Flute, Robin Starveling, Tom Snout, Snug
2. Fairies: Puck, Oberon, Titania, Peasblossom, Mustardseed, Mote, Cobweb
1. Exposition: What is going on when the story begins?
-Theseus is talking with Hippolyta until he is called off by Egeus to handle certain matters.
2. Rising action: What conflict causes Hermia and Lysander to run off to elope?
-Egeus says that if his daughter, Hermia, does not marry Demetrius she can either be a nun for the rest of her life or die.
3. Climax: What events cause the story to take a turn for the worse?
-Puck accidentally puts the love flower juice on Lysander instead if Demetrius like Oberon instructed, and Lysander ends up falling in love with Helena.
4. Falling action: What does Puck do to try and fix the situation that has occurred due to his errors?
-Puck draws Lysander and Demetrius away from fighting and then spreads more love flower juice on Lysander’s eyelids and he’s fixed by morning.
5. Resolution: What happens to the four lovers at the end of the movie?
-Theseus and Hippolyta find all the sleeping lovers in the woods and have them married at a double wedding.
Exploration of Themes:
1. Complexities of love...theme
2. Rewards of parent/child relationships
3. Destructive magic/trickery
4. Refreshing nature of dreams/sleeping
1. How does the addition of fairies add to the...
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