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A Midsummer Night's Dream

By: Sarah Parrott

Sarah Parrott

on 19 August 2016

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Transcript of A Midsummer Night's Dream

By:Sarah Parrott
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Modern Day Monologue
Connection to the theme
Modern Day Example of Pun
Connection to one another
Wherefore was I to this keen mockery born?
When at your hands did I deserve this scorn?
Is't not enough, is't not enough, young man,
That I did never, no, nor never can,
Deserve a sweet look from Demetrius' eye,
But you must flout my insufficiency?
Good troth, you do me wrong, good sooth, you do,
In such disdainful manner me to woo. But fare you well; perforce I must confess
I thought you lord of more true gentleness.
O, that a lady of one man refused
Should of another therefore be abused!
No, you listen. You turned out to be exactly who I thought you were. I never pretended to be somebody else. It's been me all along. And it was me who was hurt in front of everybody. Look, I didn't come here to yell at you, okay? I know what it feels like to be afraid to show who you are. I was. But not anymore. And the thing is, I don't care what people think about me... because I believe in myself. And I know that things are gonna be okay. But even though I have no family, and no job, and no money for college... it's you that I feel sorry for. (pause) I know that guy that sent those emails is somewhere inside of you, but, I can't wait for him... because waiting for you is like waiting for rain in this drought. Useless and disappointing
Helena’s monologue connects to the monologue from A Cinderella Story because both characters are standing up for themselves. Helena is standing up for herself because she thinks Lysander is mocking her even though he really isn’t. Lysander is telling Helena that he no longer loves Hermia and that the person he really loves is her, Helena. Helena doesn’t believe it because Lysander has always loved Hermia so she thinks he is mocking and insulting her. In the monologue from A Cinderella Story, Sam is standing up for herself because Austin, her online “prince”, turned his back on her when she was humiliated by his ex-girlfriend. I think the monologue from A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the monologue from A Cinderella Story connect to each other because each woman is standing up for themselves because of the way they are being treated by certain men in their lives . Although they are not the exact same story line, they are similar when each woman takes a stand against the men.
Both monologues connect to my theme, "The search for love can make people mindless and foolish” because, both monologues are about love. In the monologue I chose from Shakespeare's play, Helena is oblivious to the way Lysander is treating her because he usually ignores her, making Helena mindless. In the modern day example, Sam is standing up to her online prince, Austin, because she was blinded by the way he kept taking advantage of her. She was also acting kind of foolish and dramatic by going into the boys locker room before a football game. These examples relate to my theme because they show that love can be very blinding of what;s actually going on.
For a modern day example of pun, I chose to use the slogan from Kay Jewelers. Their slogan is "Every Kiss Begins With Kay." I believe this is a pun because the title is saying, when you receive something from Kay Jewelers you would naturally give the person who gave it to you a kiss, while it is also saying the word kiss actually does begin with the letter K.
The example from A Midsummer Night's Dream and the example from Kay Jewelers relate to each other because they are both examples of puns. Even though they differ in content,, in the end they relate to each other. The Kay Jewelers commercial is about love and remembering special things and A Midsummer Night's Dream is about the adventure you have to go through to find love.
Helena is offended because she thinks Lysander is mocking her, even though he isn't. Lysander has now fallen in love with Helena because Puck spread the love nectar on his eyelids which makes him fall in love with the next person he sees. Helena stands up to Lysander because she is tired of him being so rude to her and "mocking" her.
Unlucky and mistreated high schooler Sam throws
off her insecurities and stands up to her "prince"
Austin's uncourageous attitude because he turned his
back on her when she was humiliated by his ex-girlfriend.
In this example, the husband is taking his girlfriend around to all of the places that are significant to the couple and then ending up proposing at a new spot they haven't been to yet. The new fiancee gives him a kiss as a way of saying yes to the proposal.
The examples I chose for pun, both Shakespeare's example and the modern day example relate to my theme, the search for love can make people mindless and foolish because, Bottom is a player in the play within the play about two lovers who can't be together. This relates because the two characters end up killing themselves because they can't be together which makes them foolish. The Kay Jewelers commercial also relates to my theme because the two actors seem to be so in love, if something were to happen, they might not even realize it, making them mindless. Also, both of these examples of puns relate to how Shakespeare and his play's are relevant today because people all over the world are blinded by love, Things are happening that they don't know about because they love each other so much they don't believe what they hear.
Bottom: I see their knavery. This is to make an ass of
me, to fright me, if they could. But I will not stir
from this place, do what they can. I will walk up
and down here, and I will sing, that they shall hear I am not afraid.
Bottom is the ass in the play A Midsummer Night's Dream. The whole pun from this scene is that his name is Bottom and his head gets turned into that of an ass.
I think this is a good example of a pun because it is a play on words of the word ass. Bottom's head gets turned into an ass and therefore the pun is his name is Bottom and his head gets turned into that of an ass.
How is Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" relevant today?
Literary Criticism
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The search for love can make people mindless and foolish
Literary Criticism: Plot Development
Pop Culture:
Keeping up with the Kardashians
Kay Jewelers
Even though we may not realize it, the influence of Shakespeare's poems and plays are all around us, especially in TV shows. The popular reality TV show, Keeping up with the Kardashian's, is a very good example. In this clip, Rob Kardashian is showing his sisters, Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney, the newest addition to his body which is a tattoo of his new girlfriend's first and last name. Kourtney, the oldest Kardashian sister, does not approve at all. She thinks it was a dumb idea because they just started dating 2 weeks ago. The clip from this episode relates to my theme wonderfully because Kourtney, Kim, and Khloe are all thinking that he's moving to quick when he just started dating this girl 2 weeks ago. The 3 sisters basically think that Rob is being foolish falling for this girl so quickly when he doesn't even know her.
Pop Culture
Shakespeare's, A Midsummer Night's Dream, is a phenomenal play with many life lessons packed into it. Although this play is amazing, there was one topic that I felt Mr. Shakespeare could have expanded on. For my literary criticism, I chose to critique the plot development. To make the play maybe a little bit better or at least more understanding I think he could have extended more on certain parts like when Titania is being anointed with the love potion, and then when she finally wakes up and Oberon has the changeling boy. But overall, this play was extremely well written and very good.
A Cinderella Story
Comparing character traits
Rob Kardashian, from Keeping up with the Kardashians, and Helena, from A Midsummer Night's Dream, are very similar in character traits. Rob Kardashian is kind of shy but he knows what he wants. I think Helena is very similar because she doesn't like to open up to anyone about why she loves Demetrius but when Lysander falls in love with her because of the love potion, she knows that she doesn't love Lysander even if he is speaking the truth when he falls in love, making Helena very shy but also headstrong. Rob Kardashian is also very shy because he doesn't open up to his family about his love life, he likes to keep it to himself. Rob also knows what he wants though because when he chooses to date a girl he chooses very carefully and he doesn't just date a girl to date her, he actually wants to get to know her.
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As clever as Shakespeare was, his plays will never be forgotten. Even though some readers and audience members may have questioned or still are questioning his decisions when writing his plays, they are still fascinated by his genius mind and the legacy they left on the world. His writing style was like no one else’s, and that’s what made him, and his plays, so brilliant.
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