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Transcript of Transformations
(Act 3, scene 2, page 57, line 137-140) Demetrius Fell In Love With Helena on the Second Try Titania Falls In Love With Bottom! -Titania: "On the first view to say, to swear, I love thee. Thou art as wise as thou beautiful."
(Act three, scene 1, Page 51, Line 131 and 137) Transformation of Actions/Responses As thoughts change in the play, actions, reactions, and responses also transform. A few for the better, and a few for the worse. Helena and Hermia change the way they respect each other as friends. Mistaken love has gotten in the way of their friendship which makes them very rebellious against each other. Oberon on the other hand makes it very clear that he also has a caring and compassionate side when he sees what his mistake has caused. This transformation of response to the situation helps the reader relate to the present day fairies that are harmless and benevolent-- attractive, fragile creatures who use their magic to help needy individuals. -Hermia (to Helena): " O me! You juggler, you canker-blossom! You thief of love! What, have you come by night and stolen my love's heart from him?" (Act 3, scene 2, page 61, line 289-291) Transformation of thoughts, actions, and even physical appearances! A Midsummer Night's Dream The Theme of Transformation Transformation of Thought Lysander Now Likes Helena -Lysander: "Content with Hermia? No, I do repent the tedious minutes I with her have spent. Not Hermia, but Helena I love. Who will not change a raven for a dove?"
(Act two, Scene 2, Page 42, line 110-115) Helena Changes for Worse -Helena:" I will go tell him of fair Hermia's flight. Then to the wood will he tomorrow night. Pursue her. And for this intelligence, to have his sight thither, and back again." (Act 1, scene 1,Page 23, line 249-252 and 254) Hermia becomes very jealous of Helena and is blaming her for this tragedy because she believes that Helena was jealous of her and wanted to take what she had away from her. However, none of this is Helena's fault. The men were acting upon the affect of the potion, not by true will. Even so, Hermia becomes very angry and rude. She transforms into a very ignorant hated woman. She even challenges Lysander and Demetrius to a fight! Oberon's Secret Trait -Oberon (to puck): "What has thou done? Thou hast mistaken quite, and laid the love-juice on some true love's sight." (Act 3, scene 2, page 55, line 88-89) -Oberon (to puck): "By some illusion see thou bring her here. I'll charm his eyes against she do appear." (Act 3, scene 2, page 55, line 98-99) Physical Transformation The physical transformation in the play is the most noticeable because it is the most eye catching and obvious. In the play, there were a few physical changes that definitely transformed the course of the play. Changing from Athens to the woods, and Bottom's head transforming into a donkey were the main physical transformations that greatly affected the play. From Athens to the Woods -Hermia:"And in the wood, where often you and I, there my Lysander and myself shall meet and thence from Athens turn away our eyes." (Act 1, scene 1, page 22, line 17-21)
-> Transforms from a "ruling city" (ATHENS) to "the land of the free" (WOODS).
-> In the woods, the couples feel they have the free will to act as they wish.
-> They plan to never come back to Athens Bottom Turns Into a Donkey's Head -Bottom: " I see their knavery. This is to make an ass of me, to fright me, if they could." (Act 3, scene 1, page 50, line 111-112)
-> Puck plays a joke on Bottom and turns his head into a donkey's head.
-> This transformation is a huge deal of entertainment in the play.
-> Bottom's head transforming is a physical transformation. The Theme of Transformation -->The theme of transformation is such a big topic that it literally controlled the play.
--> Like in many stories, the targeted audience likes to see effective changes happen because it creates a larger impact on the mind.
-->In this play, the theme contributed to the main plot. -->There are many themes in the play "A Midsummer Night's Dream," which include love's difficulty, magic, dreams, friendship, and transformation.
-->The theme transformation has a very big impact on the quality of the play.
--> Transformation is the play's number one source of entertainment.
--> The three main forms of transformation we see in the play is transformation of thoughts, actions/ responses and the physical change. --> The effect of the magical herb changes the way the characters think.
-->The lovers change their mind on who they really love.
--> This entertains the reader because you start to ask questions in your head about the upcoming events and how the conflict may resolve. --> Hermia and Lysander were both madly in love with each other.
--> Puck mistakens Lysander for Demetrius and applies the herb's juice onto Lysander's eyes.
--> The first creature Lysander sees is Helena and falls in love with her.
-->Helena thinks that Lysander is mocking her.
--> Lysander's transformation of thought's were not in his hands. It was all Puck's fault. --> On the second try Puck succeeds by putting the herb's juice on Demetrius, who the falls in love with Helena.
--> This transformation of thought confuses Helena even more since both men like her now.
--> She becomes very angry with them, believing that they are mocking her.
--> No one is aware (from the humans) that the men have been effected by the herb's juice. --> Titania didn't want to give up the Indian boy
--> Oberon wanted the Indian boy to himself as a henchman.
--> Oberon orders Puck to apply the herb's juice to Titania's eyelids.
--> She falls in love with Bottom and gives up the changeling.
--> This transformation entertains the audience since the queen falls in love with an ass. --> Hermia and Lysander tell Helena about their escape plan out of Athens
--> Helena tells Demetrius hoping he would give up on Hermia, but instead decides to follow them.
-->Her kindness transformed into someone that cares only about themself --> We see Oberon as a selfish fairy who tries to get everything he wants.
-->After seeing what he caused to the loves, he was very compassionate and tried to fix the situation.
--> This relates to how we think of fairies today; fragile, attractive, kind creatures. Transformation is now a huge topic in present day media. It is used to bring audiences to the "imagination world" which keeps society tied with illusions and fantasies. Examples of media that use transformation to entertain their audiences are:
--> Harry Potter
--> The Incredibles
--> Spirited Away BY: AYSENUR AKTAS