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Midsummer Night's Dream Newspaper Project

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Transcript of Midsummer Night's Dream Newspaper Project

By: Michael Chen
by: Stephanie, Christine, Max, and Michael
Questions from Paper
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Vol XCIII, No. 311
Allusion Projects
By: Stephanie, Michael, Christine, and Max
Track Theme Paragraphs
Track Theme Paragraphs

By: Michael Chen

By: Stephanie Bryant

A Midsummer Night's Dream
A Midsummer Night's Dream
By Stephanie Bryant, Christine Chang, Michael Chen, and Max Bodenstein
Comic Strip I.ii.20-125 (By: Stephanie Bryant)
Wordle Analysis
Kahoot For Literary Devices
By: Christine Chang
By: Max Bodenstaim

In the first scene of "A Midsummer Night's Dream", by William Shakespeare, Hermia is in love with Lysander, but her father, Egeus, thinks otherwise. Egeus wants Hermia to marry a lord named Demetrius, even though Hermia does not want to. Egeus is trying to control Hermia's choice of whom to marry, against her will. Hermia is given the choice of either dying, marrying Demetrius, or becoming a nun all her life. Hermia has to choose by Theseus's wedding, which is in a few weeks. This passage is full of characters trying to control each other for who to love.
By: Stephanie
By: Christine
By: Michael
By: Max
By: Max Bodenstein
1. In what ways do Demetrius and Egeus attempt to control Hermia?
Demetrius and Egeus attempt to control Hermia by telling her that if she does not marry Demetrius, she will have to “prepare to die For disobedience to your father’s will” She also has a choice to go to a nunnery.

2. What are Theseus and Hippolyta discussing at the play’s start?
Theseus and Hippolyta are discussing their wedding at the play’s start.

3. How does Hippolyta come to be betrothed to Theseus?
Theseus conquered the land Hippolyta was the queen of and Theseus fell in love with her.

4. Why is Egeus disturbed?
Egeus is disturbed because he wants Hermia to marry Demetrius, but she refuses since she wants to marry Lysander instead.

5. What will be Hermia’s fate if she refuses to marry Demetrius?
If Hermia refuses to marry Demetrius, Hermia will be killed, since that is the law of Athens. If she wants to, however, she can choose to be a nun instead.

Questions from Group
by: Stephanie, Christine, Max, and Michael
1. How does Theseus try to convince Hermia to marry Demetrius?
He tells her that if she doesn't marry Demetrius, she'll die for disobeying her father, or she could choose to become a nun.

2. What is Lysander’s argument on why he should marry Hermia?
He says that his fortunes are fairly ranked as Demetrius, if not, better, and he is as noble as him, and he loves Hermia more than Demetrius. Also, he has Hermia’s love, unlike Demetrius.

3. Why doesn’t Hermia get to decide who she will marry?
Egeus claims that Hermia is his, and that he can kill her if he wants. Egeus does not like Lysander, and prefers for Hermia to marry Demetrius.

4. What does Egeus like better in Demetrius than Lysander?
Demetrius is a duke, so he is higher rank than Lysander, as far as we know. Egeus calls Demetrius a duke, but Lysander does not have a title.

5. Why does Theseus tell Hermia that she is "a form in wax" (I.i.49)?
Theseus is saying that Hermia is at a lower "rank" than her father, and that she should look up to him.

Metaphor Essay and Translation
By Christine Chang
exvtaion-To be filled with annoyance __________
snetnoc-To agree with ________________
ninngcu-Dexterous ____________
sehcebe-To beg____________
lernet- To agree with what you opposed________
sobmo- A woman's chest___________
nifeg- To fake___________
oisctlre- An open space surrounded by walks___________
wem- enclosed_______
drenre- To provide or give_____________
In this passage, Demetrius is trying
to control Hermia. Throughout the passage, Egeus and Demetrius are arguing with Lysander and Hermia and telling them that it is Demetrius who should marry Hermia. Demetrius wants Lysander to "yield thy crazéd title to my certain right" (I.i.91-92). Demetrius is also working with Egeus, Hermia's father, to make Hermia marry him.
Hercules The Strong One
By: Michael Chen
Graphic Organizers
In William Shakespeare’s play, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” the characters do many things to each other to try to get what they want. For example, Egeus tries to control his daughter, Hermia. He wants her to marry Demetrius, when she really loves Lysander. Egeus says that since “she [Hermia] is mine, I may dispose of her: Which shall be either to this gentleman [Demetrius] Or to her death, according to our law” (I.i.42-44). If she refuses to marry Demetrius, she’ll be killed for disobeying her father, because that is the law of Athens. Egeus is trying to control Hermia by forcing her to marry Demetrius because she can’t do anything about it, unless she chooses to die or to become a nun. Because of this, Hermia decides that “Lysander and myself will fly this place” (I.i.203). She and Lysander choose to run off into the woods to escape from everything. In conclusion, the characters in this play attempt to control one another to get what they want.
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Text to Film Comparison
By: Stephanie Bryant
The largest words in the Wordle are Demetrius, Hermia, Lysander, Theseus, and love. Demetrius, Hermia, Lysander, and Theseus are the characters in the story, which is why their names are big. Love is also large in the Wordle because love is very important in this part of the play. Egeus, Hermia’s father, wants Hermia to marry Demetrius, who loves her, but Hermia loves Lysander. Some smaller words include death and die because if Hermia refuses to marry Demetrius, which is her father’s will, she will be killed. Some other words in the Wordle are stubborn and Athens. Hermia is being stubborn when she refuses to marry Demetrius, and could be executed for disobeying her father, which is the law of Athens. Based on the Wordle, love is a common, powerful, and important word in this play.

In Act 1 Scene 1 of Shakespeare's play "A Midsummer Night's Dream," Egeus wants his daughter, Hermia, to marry Demetrius, but she really loves Lysander. Theseus, the duke of Athens, tells Hermia that "to you your father should be as a god...to whom you are but as a form in wax / By him imprinted, and within his power / To leave the figure or disfigure it" (I.i.47, 49-51). Theseus is comparing Hermia to a wax figure. He’s doing this because this means that her father has almost complete control over her. Hermia has until Theseus’ wedding day, which is soon, to decide whether she will marry Demetrius, become a nun, or die.
Hermia is "but as a form in wax" (I.i.49) to her father. Athenian law says that if a girl doesn't obey her father, she'll be put to death. This is why Hermia is "a form in wax." Her father makes her choices for her, and she can’t do anything about it, which is why Hermia is “imprinted and within his power” (I.i.50). The metaphor means that she is basically nothing. When it says “To leave the figure or to disfigure it” (I.i.51), it means that Egeus can do almost whatever he wants to Hermia, and if she doesn’t obey him, she’ll be executed. This is why her father could force her to marry Demetrius, even when she didn't love him.
This metaphor creates a deeper understanding of the characters, plot, and theme. The metaphor shows that Hermia is defiant and brave because, even though she could be killed, she still refuses to marry Demetrius because she loves Lysander. Because her father is trying to force her to marry Demetrius, Hermia and Lysander run off into the forest to escape from Athens and get married. This play conveys the theme of trying to control people. In this part of the scene, Egeus is trying to control Hermia by forcing her to marry Demetrius. Theseus then tells Hermia that she must obey her father or she will die. Therefore, to her father, she is “a form in wax...and within his power” (I.i.49-50).

“To whom you are but as a form in wax / By him imprinted, and within his power / To leave the figure or disfigure it” (I.i.49-51)
To your father, you are basically nothing. He controls you and can do anything he wants to you.
By: Christine Chang
By: Michael Chen
Lysander loves Hermia and she loves him but Egeus wants Hermia to marry Demetrus. Lysander is trying to presuade Egeus and Theseus to let him marry Hermia. He tells Theseus that he is as good as Demetrus and his "fortunes every way as fairly rank'd, If not with vantage, as Demetrius;” (I.i.99-102). Lysander knows that he can't marry Hermia and if he does, than she either goes to a nunnery, or is killed for disobeying her father (as Christine writes). Both Lysander and Hermia have until the next moon to decide what to do and who to marry. Lysander will still try to persuade Theseus and Egeus to let him and Hermia marry and live together.
Literary Element Paragraph
In "A Midsummer Nights Dream", by Shakespeare, there are a lot of literary elements and devices that are used to enhance the writing and make it interesting. The author sometimes leaves the reader at a cliffhanger like when Theseus said "Upon that day either prepare to die For disobedience to your father's will, Or else to wed Demetrius, as he would;" (Act I.i 86-88). This sentence leaves the reader thinking about what is going to happen to Hermia and what will her choice be. Some elements that Shakespeare uses to provide detail and description are alliterations, metaphors, repetition, rhyme, and many more. The author uses repetition when Lysander is speaking to Theseus about Demetrius, "sweet lady, dotes, Devoutly dotes, dotes in idolatry," (Act I.i 108-109), and this passage shows that Helena already loves Demetrius and he has won her soul very descriptively. The author also incorporates a lot of alliterations in the writing to enhance and provide a clear visual of the scene in the readers mind. Shakespeare has greek allusions that he uses in his plays. With these devices, the creativity of the writing comes to life.
By Max Bodenstein
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