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Transcript of Queen Mab
Who is Queen Mab?
Queen mab is the Queen of the fairies
The honour was later given to Titania who was the Queen of the Fairies in A Midsummer Night's Dream, another play by Shakespeare
There are also very excellent descriptions of mab given by Percy Bysshe Shelley, Michael Drayton, Robert Herrick, and Ben Jonson
In Bysse Shelley's Queen Mab poem he attached seventeen endnotes which included the themes of astronomy, war, economics, Necessity, Christianity, time, and vegetarianism
Purpose of the Queen Mab speech
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"All About Mab." All About Mab. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 June 2014. <http://www.mabjohn.supanet.com/index2.
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In conclusion, this research shows us that Queen Mab is a famous figure in literature and also in Romeo & Juliet
By: Sadia Askani
Teacher: Mr. Krol
She is the fairies' midwife, and she comes
In shape no bigger than an agate-stone
On the fore-finger of an alderman,
Drawn with a team of little atomies
Athwart men's noses as they lie asleep;
Her wagon-spokes made of long spinners' legs,
The cover of the wings of grasshoppers,
The traces of the smallest spider's web,
The collars of the moonshine's watery beams,
Her whip of cricket's bone, the lash of film,
Her wagoner a small grey-coated gnat,
Not so big as a round little worm
Prick'd from the lazy finger of a maid;
Her chariot is an empty hazel-nut
Made by the joiner squirrel or old grub,
Time out o' mind the fairies' coachmakers.
And in this state she gallops night by night
Through lovers' brains, and then they dream of love;
O'er courtiers' knees, that dream on court'sies straight,
O'er lawyers' fingers, who straight dream on fees,
O'er ladies ' lips, who straight on kisses dream,
Queen mab is known in Irish and English folklore to be the queen of the fairies. In Celtic folklore she is also known as Queen Wolf.
Known to be a mischievous, tantalizing fairy
Makes people dream of their passions and desires
Chariot is made of an empty hazelnut
The Wagon-spokes are made of spider's legs
The cover is made of grasshoppers' wings
Harness is made of the smallest spider web
She travels night after night making lovers dream of love, courtiers dream of curtsies, and lawyers who dream of fees.
She is the fairy responsible for dreaming
Her Physical description seems very whimsical and fun but Mercutio also states that Mab can become angry and plague ladies' lips with 'blisters', "she also drives 'o'er a soldier's neck and then dreams he of cutting foreign throats", and can make maidens want to "bear" children.
Video: Queen Mab Speech
The Queen Mab speech in Romeo and Juliet acts as foreshadowing to the play and as a bit of a warning of what is to come