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A Midsummer Night's Dream Seminar

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Supernaturals are either used to assist mortals or to annoy them.
Argument 1 :
In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, William Shakespeare utilizes satirical comedy to reveal his thoughts on the different levels of intelligence within each social class in the play.
In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, William Shakespeare utilizes satirical comedy to reveal his thoughts on the different levels of intelligence within each social class in the play.
Argument 1 : Quotation 1
“This is thy negligence. Still thou mistak’st, / Or else committ’st thy knaveries wilfully.” (3.2.345-346)
Analysis of Quote #1
Argument 1 :
Oberon scolds Puck, “This is thy negligence. Still thou mistak’st, / Or else committ’st thy knaveries wilfully.” (3.2.345-346)
the fairies have power over mortals
although fairies seem superior, they still make human mistakes
it is wrong for one to abuse the powers given
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Supernaturals are either used to assist mortals or to annoy them.
Quince yells as the sight of Bottom’s transformed head, “O monstrous! O strange! We are haunted! Pray, / masters, fly, masters! Help!” (3.1.91-92)
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Argument 1:
Analysis of Quote #2
Quince yells as the sight of Bottom’s transformed head, “O monstrous! O strange! We are haunted! Pray, / masters, fly, masters! Help!” (3.1.91-92)
Argument 1 : Quotation #2
In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, William Shakespeare utilizes satirical comedy to reveal his thoughts on the different levels of intelligence within each social class in the play.
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fairies are the reason behind the comedic play
Puck is an example of an authoritative figure who abuses his power and knowledge
authorities often take advantage of power
upper class can be selfish and callous
Tinkerbell
Ursela from The Little Mermaid
“You can endure the livery of a nun, / For aye to be in shady cloister mew’d.” (1.1.70-71)
"Who's Your Favorite Disney Fairy?" SodaHead. N.p., 17 June 2013. Web. 27 Nov. 2013.
"LIAROFLOVE." LIAROFLOVE. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Nov. 2013.
In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, William Shakespeare utilizes satirical comedy to reveal his thoughts on the different levels of intelligence within each social class in the play.
Argument 2 : Quotation 1
Theseus shouts to Hermia, " “You can endure the livery of a nun, / For aye to be in shady cloister mew’d.” (1.1.70-71)
Argument 2 : Quotation 2
“No doubt they rose up early to observe / The right of May, and hearing our intent / Came here in grace of our solemnity.” (4.1.131-133)
In A Midsummer Night’s Dream , William Shakespeare utilizes satirical comedy to reveal his thoughts on the different levels of intelligence within each social class in the play.
Argument 3:
Shakespeare describes the youthful class as people blinded, and controlled by young love.
"I will go tell him of fair Hermia's flight:/ Then to the wood will he, tomorrow night,/ Pursue her; and for this intelligence,/ If I have thanks it is a dear expense;/ But herein mean I to enrich my pain,/ To have his sight thither and back again" (1.2.246-251)
A Midsummer Night's Dream
A comment on intelligence within social classes
In A Midsummer Night’s Dream , William Shakespeare utilizes satirical comedy to reveal his thoughts on the different levels of intelligence within each social class in the play.
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In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, William Shakespeare utilizes satirical comedy to reveal his thoughts on the different levels of intelligence within each social class in the play.
Argument:

Shakespeare illustrates the intelligence of the lower class as simple-minded and shallowly educated.
In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, William Shakespeare utilizes satirical comedy to reveal his thoughts on the different levels of intelligence within each social class in the play.
In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, William Shakespeare utilizes satirical comedy to reveal his thoughts on the different levels of intelligence within each social class in the play.
Argument 2:

Shakespeare displays the Royals as intelligent, has power over all, and high self-esteem
"Use me but as your spaniel: Spurn me, strike me, / Neglect me, lose me; only give me leave, / Unworthy as I am, to follow you ./ What worser place can I beg in your love / (And yet a place of high respect with me) / Than to be used as you use your dog?” (2.1.205-210)
Myra, Aaron, Raymond, Lukas
Works Cited
"WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM Add To My Top 10." Movieguide The Family Guide to Movie Reviews. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Nov. 2013.
Theseus explains to Egeus and Hippolyta, “No doubt they rose up early to observe / The right of May, and hearing our intent / Came here in grace of our solemnity.” (4.1.131-133)
OCAL. "Pansy Clip Art." - Vector Clip Art Online, Royalty Free & Public Domain. N.p., 8 May 2012. Web. 27 Nov. 2013.
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Argument 2:
Quotation # 2

- Theseus was demanding Hermia
- shows power can alter love
- everyone under the high class knows they need to respect them
-creates an authoritarian environment
Argument 2 :
Quotation#1
- self-importance led to theory that lovers were waiting for Theseus' marriage
- fairies were involved in the group of lovers sleeping
- Theseus commands servant to get the horns blowing (shows power)
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"Have you the lion's part written? / Pray you, if it may be, give / time; for I am slow of study."
(1.2.58-59)
Argument 4: Quotation 1
In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, William Shakespeare utilizes satirical comedy to reveal his thoughts on the different levels of intelligence within each social class in the play.
Argument 3: Quotation 1
Argument 3: Quotation 2
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"I will go tell him of fair Hermia's flight:/ The to the wood will he, tomorrow night,/ Pursue her; and for this intelligence,/ If I have thanks it is a dear expense;/ But herein mean I to enrich my pain,/ To have his sight thither
Argument 3: Quotation 2
"Use me but as your spaniel: Spurn me, strike me, / Neglect me, lose me; only give me leave, / Unworthy as I am, to follow you ./ What worser place can I beg in your love / (And yet a place of high respect with me) / Than to be used as you use your dog?” (2.1.205-210)
Argument 3: Quotation 2
Helena is jealous of Hermia
Judgement is being limited
Love corrupts the youth’s mind, impulsive
Satire of how the youth seem to not think
Love is controlling
Helena would give up her dignity for love
Helena is desperate for his love
Shakespeare’s view on the youth as stubborn and unwise
In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, William Shakespeare utilizes satirical comedy to reveal his thoughts on the different levels of intelligence within each social class in the play.
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1. Supernatural’s in the upper-class are portrayed by Shakespeare as:
a) stubborn
b) dependent
c) rebellious
d) cruel
2. The computer mouse on the top layer of the wedding cake symbolizes:
a) abuse of technology
b) annoying fairies
c) abuse of control
d) misuse of magic
3. Other than jewellery, what can be another item that symbolizes loyalty?
a) maple leaf
b) the Bible
c) roses
d) light hue of blue
4. The upper class has the power to rule. What type of government system is implied in A Midsummer Night’s Dream?
a) democracy
b) governor general
c) authoritarian
d) dictatorship
5. The main colours of the youth social class displays:

a) Love, passion, jealousy
b)Love, depression, romance
c)Love, warmth, aggression
d)Love, warmth, purity
6. True or False:
This jealousy and selfishness is the product of love controlling the youth.

a) True
b) False
7. In the play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which characters does Shakespeare use to symbolize his views on the lower class?
a) The fairies
b) The young lovers
c) The workmen
d) Both b) and c)

8. Fill in the blank.
Shakespeare used ____________ , or ordinary talk to have the low class speak in the play to represent their simple-mindedness.
In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, William Shakespeare utilizes satirical comedy to reveal his thoughts on the different levels of intelligence within each social class in the play.
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"Have you the lion's part written? / Pray you, if it may be, give / time; for I am slow of study."
(1.2.58-59)
- Quote by Snug, a low-class workman
- "slow of study" = slow learner =
lack of education
- in the play, Snug plays the role of a lion, and
therefore his only lines are to roar

- exemplifies lack of intelligence of low-class because Shakespeare portrays them to have the inability to comprehend simple problems
(simple-mindedness)
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a) prose
b) iambic pentameter
c) rhyming
d) chants
In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, William Shakespeare utilizes satirical comedy to reveal his thoughts on the different levels of intelligence within each social class in the play.
Shakespeare, William. A Midsummer Night's Dream. Toronto: Oxford UP, 2009. Print.
Argument 4: Quotation 2
“Methinks, mistress, you should have little reason for that. And yet, to say the truth, reason and love keep little company together nowadays. The more the pity that some honest neighbours will not make them friends.” (3.1.143-147)
“Methinks, mistress, you should have little reason for that. And yet, to say the truth, reason and love keep little company together nowadays. The more the pity that some honest neighbours will not make them friends.” (3.1.143-147)
- Quote spoken by Nick Bottom
- no visible rhythm or pattern when read; ordinary talk (Prose)
- characters in a higher class
(i.e. Theseus) talk in Iambic Pentameter
- satirical idea that the lower class population is not as elegant when compared to the higher class.
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Thesis Statement:
Caroli, Vic. "Shakespeare in Paradise: "A Midsummer Night's Dream"" Naples Daily News. Scripps Interactive Newspapers Group, 23 Mar. 2012. Web. 28 Nov. 2013.
Eid, Emily. "Exclusive: Stunning New Stills From Thor: The Dark World | The Lebanese Cinema Movie Guide." The Lebanese Cinema Movie Guide. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Nov. 2013.
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