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Transcript of MSND Tribune
By: Nicole Kim and Lindsey Klein
By: Lindsey Klein
I am your spaniel, and, Demetrius,/ The more you beat me I will fawn on you Use me but as your spaniel: spurn me, strike me,/ Neglect me, lose me; only me leave/...to follow you" (II.i.203-207)
Kahoot: Prose Poetry Figurative Language
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Comic Strip of The Day :
By: Christian Labitan
In this passage, King Oberon, the King of an enchanted forest, is sending his loyal servant "Puck" to get a flower that has the power to make somebody fall in love with the next person they see. King Oberon wants this flower to play a sort of prank on his wife as the King's wife has been annoying him lately. After retrieving the flower, King Oberon and Puck hide as two teenagers come into their clearing. One of the teenagers, Helena, wants the other teenager, Demetrius, to love her. After King Oberon sees what has happened, he sends Puck to not only mess with his wife, but to make Demetrius fall in love with Helena.
Part Two: http://sbt.blob.core.windows.net/storyboards/krelsteinj6429/msnd-comic-part-2.png
Here is the link to the script we made comments/annotations on.
By Joshua Krelstein
Track Theme Paragraphs
Robin by: Christian Labithan,
Demetrius by: Joshua Krelstein
Helena by: Nicole
King Oberon by: Lindsey
In Shakespeare's story, "A Midsummer Night's Dream," figurative language is a huge contribution to the text, allowing the reader to picture and understand lines better. Many literary devices such as similes, metaphors, allusions, hyperboles, and personification are used to enhance and strengthen the story. When Helena claims that her, "heart is true as steel" (II.i.196-197), she is implying that she is faithful and her heart would be true to only Demetrius. Figurative language is important to this piece of literature because it allows the person to relate to and learn more about Shakespeare’s works.
In the metaphor above, Helena is comparing herself to a spaniel, a type of dog. However, people often compare themselves or others to a spaniel to show their devotion or obsequiousness. Helena is begging to Demetrius that he could treat her like a dog, reject her, hit her, abandon her as long as she can love him and marry him. Eventually, Demetrius gets the love potion put in his eyes and he truly falls in love with Helena, they get married, and actually live happily ever after.
The metaphor describes Helena in a deeper meaning than just plainly saying "I am loyal." Helena wishes to be owned by Demetrius as a man owns his dog, she wishes to give away her humanity and her individuality. This often heard metaphor relates to the theme of control, because Helena is willing to give up herself even if it means Demetrius gains control over her; she doesn't mind. Shakespeare often describes his characters through figurative language, like metaphors and similes.
However, the metaphor also describes Demetrius' personality, even though he doesn't talk in the metaphor. Helena states that she is his spaniel and he can treat her like a dog. Demetrius is trying to ignore Helena, because the one he really loves is Hermia, until Puck puts the cupid flower potion in his eyes. Demetrius is very adamant on being Hermia's husband; even though Hermia doesn't agree with him at all.
By Joshua Krelstein
In Shakespeare's famous story, "A Midsummer Night's Dream," the concept of disobeying your parents at least seems to be a major theme. This is why I, the editor of this newspaper, have chosen this topic to write about. Although I think that aspects of this statement are correct, I also think that overall this statement is incorrect. Some may say that parents of course know best as they have experience, but I see this another way. I think that while parents should have some control over their kid’s lives, I think that kids should also be free to make some of their own decisions.
An example of a kid disobeying their parents in, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” is when Hermia does not listen to her father. In the story when Hermia’s father tells her to marry the boy “Demetrius” over the boy she actually loves, “Lysander.” This happens in the scene when Egeus, Hermia’s father, comes in when he says, “Full of vexation come I, with complaint against my child, my daughter Hermia.” Egeus, of course mad that his daughter wants to marry a man who Egues hasn’t given his “consent” to, wants the duke of Athens to force Hermia into doing what Egues says.
Although it may not be enjoyable for anybodies daughter to marry somebody that you think doesn’t deserve your daughter, I think that this choice is what sets the difference between a parent and his or her kid. Being rebellious and not doing everything that a parent says basically differentiates you from your parents and makes you your own unique being. For a quote to better explain this, “Your teenager is in the process of moving away from you,” which means that of course, the said teenager is just becoming their own person through little ‘rebellions.”
Overall, although I think that children are rebellious, it is okay for them to be so as in some cases, being rebellious is healthy for a kid or teenager. If a kid or teen could only do and say things approved by his or her parents, A kid wouldn’t be able to express themselves and instead would grow up to be who their parents want them to be, not who they want to be. All in all, I think that although it is sometimes good for kids to listen to their parents, sometimes not doing what their parents say is okay. In the case of Shakespeare’s story, I think that Hermia’s fantasy with Lysander is okay and healthy and that she shouldn’t be stopped in doing what she wants to do in her life.
Storyboard Part One and Part Two
For my track theme paragraph for the story "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by William Shakespeare I have been assigned the character Demetrius. Demetrius is a teenage who is after the love of another teen, Hermia. But, while Demetrius loves the girl Hermia, another girl, named Helena, wants Demetrius to love her. In the lines that I and my group were given, we see Helena begging Demetrius for his love, while Demetrius hastily rejects her. Also, while this scene is going on, the king of the forest this passage takes in, King Oberon, and his loyal servant, Puck, watch the young teens. King Oberon ends up asking His servant, Puck, to make Demetrius fall in love with Helena. While King Oberon is trying to control his servant Puck into making Demetrius fall in love with Helena, Helena of course is trying to control Demetrius into loving her. Although King Oberon's plan eventually backfires, it backfires after my assigned scene ends.
In William Shakespeare's comedy play, "Midsummer Night's Dream", there is a mischievous character named Robin who is controlling, and being controlled. King Oberon (the king of the forest) sees the mess of Demetrius and Lysander both loving Hermia, while Helena is alone. So Oberon tells Robin to put a love potion in Demetrius’s eyes so he would love Helena, but ends up putting the drop in Lysander’s eyes. Oberon is controlling Robin into making him use the potion on Demetrius, and Robin is controlling Demetrius and Helena's love life at the moment.
In Shakespeare’s story, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Helena is madly in love with Demetrius and is trying to control him so that he will fall in love with her. To do this, Helena expresses her love to Demetrius verbally, by chasing him around, and by convincing him that she will do anything for him and always will love him. Throughout the play, she follows him around, showering Demetrius with affection, which is not returned. However, at the end of the tale, he loves Helena as well because of the love flower. Helena’s hard work ends up paying off in the end.
Prose, Poetry, and Figurative Language
“Lull’d in these flowers with dances and delight” (MSND 250) - Flowers can’t dance or feel emotions, so this literary device is personification.
“I’ll follow thee, and make a Heaven of Hell, To die upon the hand I love so well.” (MSND 240)- Helena can’t make heaven or hell because its not possible, so she is using a metaphor to describe her love for Demetrius.
“I am your spaniel” (MSND 200) - She isn’t really a dog, but she is using a metaphor to show how loyal she is to him
“…for my heart Is true as steel.” (MSND 190)- Her heart is not made out of steel, but she is trying to use a metaphor to show how strong her heart is for loving Demetrius.
“Till I torment thee for this injury” (MSND 150) - Oberon doesn’t have an injury, but he is using a metaphor to describe the feeling of having a fight with Tatiana.
“And heard a mermaid on a dolphin’s back” (MSND 150) – First of all, mermaid’s aren’t real, so Oberon is trying to say a metaphor to make his statement more magnificent.
“That the rude sea grew civil at her song” (MSND 150) – The sea doesn’t actually have emotions, so he is trying to say a metaphor to describe the feeling he has.
“Flying between the cold moon and the earth” (MSND 160) – You can’t fly between the cold moon and Earth because there is no oxygen up there, so Oberon is trying to make his statement dramatic by saying that Cupid did this action.
“Cupid all arm’d; a certain aim he took At a fair vestal” (MSND 160) – This is an allusion because everybody knows Cupid as the person who creates love between couples.
“As it should pierce a hundred thousand hearts” (MSND 160) – This is an allusion because Cupid is known to shoot love arrows and make people love each other, so the statement is saying that a hundred thousand people fell in love.
In William Shakespeare’s play, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Oberon is mad at his wife, Titania, because he wants this child that she has possession of. In order to accomplish this, Oberon must use his servant fairy, Puck or Robin, to gather a flower that has been struck by Cupid's arrow and is now a love potion in a purple flower form. Oberon wants his wife to be madly in love with some wretched creature, whether it be a horse or bear or donkey. Also, he commands Puck to put the potion in Demetrius' eyes so he will fall in love with Helena; because Oberon feels bad for this woman chasing her love through the woods. However, Puck puts the potion in Lysander's eyes and he falls in love with Helena, when he actually loves Hermia. In the end, Oberon's controlling demands on Puck create love between Helena and Demetrius, while Hermia and Lysander live happily ever after.
By: Nicole, Lindsey, Joshua, Christian
By: Nicole, Lindsey, and Joshua
Reading Compresion Questions
1. In 2.1.210-217, Helena compares herself to a "spaniel," or a kind of dog. Reread those lines. What does this comparison say about her relationship with Demetrius?
Helena is showing her love by comparing herself to a spaniel, which shows her commitment and loyalty to Demetrius. She does not care if he hurts or neglects her as long as he truly loves her for who she is.
Q: Why does Helena continue to chase Demetrius after he treats her poorly and ignores her?
A: Helena is madly in love with him and will stop at nothing to earn his respect and admiration. She also could feel alone and unwanted because nobody loves her.
2. In 2.1.268-269, Oberon refers to an "Athenian lady" who is in love with a "disdainful youth." Explain what this means, with special attention to the phrase "disdainful youth."
In this scene, King Oberon who refers to an "Athenian lady" is of course actually referring to Helena, who is clad in garments that would suggest she is from the city of Athens. The "disdainful youth" that is described is referring to the "youth" who Helena loves, Demetrius. Oberon refers to Helena as a lady instead of a youth as it is the polite thing to do. Demetrius is called disdainful as disdainful means to have a lack of respect, which he has for Helena; so much so that Demetrius even mocks and trys to force her to go away.
Q: How does King Oberon feel about Helena and Demetrius' relationship?
A: Oberon pities Helena, and almost wants to punish Demtrius for his lack of respect towards a young lady.
3. 2.1.146-195 What is the flower's magic power? How did it become magical?
The flower's magic power is being able to control love by annointing one's eyes with the juice of the flower. When the one that has received the potion awakes, the next person or thing he or she sees will be their love forever. The flower, once white, became magical when Cupid's arrow missed his target, hit the flower, and enchanted the flower, turing it purple red with love's wound.
Q: Why did the flower turn purple red?
A: When Cupid's arrow struck the flower the color of love bled out onto the white flower, transforming it into a magical love flower.
4. What motivates Oberon to try to control Demetrius? What motivates him to try to control Titania? Be sure to cite the strongest evidence from the text to support your answer.
Oberon is motivated to control Demetrius because of the way he treats Helena and runs away from her in the woods. He believes that "'he shall seek thy love'" (II.I.246) from Helena. Oberon wants to control Titania because she has possession of a little, Indian boy that she gives all of her love and attention to; Oberon doesn't like being the lesser man. Oberon also wants the boy to be his servant, not a servant to Queen Titania. According to Puck or Robin, Titania "perforce withholds the loved boy, / Crown him with flowers, and makes him all her joy" (II.I.26-27).
Q: Does Titania know that Oberon annointed her eyes so that she would fall in love with Bottom?
A: Titania is unaware that Oberon has put a spell on her. She does not know why she was with Bottom and the other mortals. Oberon ends up getting his revenand they live happily in love.
5. How does Titania react to Oberon's request for the boy? Support your answer with details from the text. What does her reaction tell the reader about her personality?
When Oberon asks for the boy to be his henchman, Titania refuses and begins to ignore him. She states that she would not give Oberon the boy, "for thy fairy kingdom" (2.1.144). Her reaction shows the reader how stubborn, trustworthy, and commanding she can be. She is also very protective of the boy and feels like she is responsible for him, since she was friends with his mortal mother.
Q: How did Titania get the boy?
A: The Indian boy's mother was a follower of Titania. When the mother died, Titania swore to take care of the boy and to keep him by her side.
Text to Film Comparison
In Shakespeare's story, "A Midsummer Night's Dream," the movie and play version have the same lines and concepts, but have a few different ideas and views of the text. In the play version, the set does not change as much as the movie because of the smaller stage. The chases are not as long and the whole stage area is used. Also, in the play, there are no special effects or flying fairies. The movie is different because it takes a more modern turn on Shakespeare's work. There are bicycles in the movie and the actors are well known and popular now. Another difference is that the flower is red instead of purple, and the Indian boy is strangely, bright blue. One last variation is that Puck is found inside of a fairy bar, boasting about his higher position and flirting with other fairies. However, the movie and play are similar because the lines and overall emotion are exactly the same. Secondly, Oberon listens in on Demetrius and Helena's conversation in both performances. Also, the main events and ideas like Helena pursuing Demetrius are the same. Overall, these changes executed ideas in the movie that could not be made in the play version. The directors and actors in the movie made these changes to more accurately portray the magical events and show how far love can go. In conclusion, the movie and play had many similarities , but both had differences that helped strengthen the performance.
By: Lindsey Klein
Metaphor Translation and Picture
OBERON. Well, go thy way; thou shalt not from this grove
Till I torment thee for this injury.
My gentle Puck, come hither. Thou rememb'rest
Since once I sat upon a promontory,
And heard a mermaid on a dolphin's back 150
Uttering such dulcet and harmonious breath
That the rude sea grew civil at her song,
And certain stars shot madly from their spheres
To hear the sea-maid's music.
PUCK. I remember.
OBERON. That very time I saw, but thou couldst not,
Flying between the cold moon and the earth
Cupid, all arm'd; a certain aim he took
At a fair vestal(virgin), throned by the west,
And loos'd his love-shaft smartly from his bow,
As it should pierce a hundred thousand hearts; 160
But I might see young Cupid's fiery shaft
Quench'd in the chaste beams of the wat'ry moon;
And the imperial vot'ress passed on,
In maiden meditation, fancy-free.
Yet mark'd I where the bolt of Cupid fell.
It fell upon a little western flower,
Before milk-white, now purple with love's wound,
And maidens call it Love-in-idleness.
Fetch me that flow'r, the herb I showed thee once.
The juice of it on sleeping eye-lids laid 170
Will make or man or woman madly dote
Upon the next live creature that it sees.
Fetch me this herb, and be thou here again
Ere the leviathan can swim a league.
PUCK. I'll put a girdle round about the earth
In forty minutes.
OBERON. Having once this juice,
I'll watch Titania when she is asleep,
And drop the liquor of it in her eyes;
The next thing then she waking looks upon,
Be it on lion, bear, or wolf, or bull, 180
On meddling monkey, or on busy ape,
She shall pursue it with the soul of love.
And ere I take this charm from off her sight,
As I can take it with another herb,
I'll make her render up her page to me.
But who comes here? I am invisible;
And I will overhear their conference.
Enter DEMETRIUS, HELENA following him
DEMETRIUS. I love thee not, therefore pursue me not.
Where is Lysander and fair Hermia?
The one I'll slay, the other slayeth me. 190
Thou told'st me they were stol'n unto this wood,
And here am I, and wood within this wood,
Because I cannot meet my Hermia.
Hence, get thee gone, and follow me no more.
HELENA. You draw me, you hard-hearted adamant;
But yet you draw not iron, for my heart
Is true as steel. Leave you your power to draw,
And I shall have no power to follow you.
DEMETRIUS. Do I entice you? Do I speak you fair?
Or, rather, do I not in plainest truth 200
Tell you I do not nor I cannot love you?
HELENA. And even for that do I love you the more.
I am your spaniel; and, Demetrius,
The more you beat me, I will fawn on you.
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? 210
DEMETRIUS. Tempt not too much the hatred of my spirit;
For I am sick when I do look on thee.
HELENA. And I am sick when I look not on you.
DEMETRIUS. You do impeach your modesty too much
To leave the city and commit yourself
Into the hands of one that loves you not;
To trust the opportunity of night,
And the ill counsel of a desert place,
With the rich worth of your virginity.
HELENA. Your virtue is my privilege for that: 220
It is not night when I do see your face,
Therefore I think I am not in the night;
Nor doth this wood lack worlds of company,
For you, in my respect, are all the world.
Then how can it be said I am alone
When all the world is here to look on me?
DEMETRIUS. I'll run from thee and hide me in the brakes,
And leave thee to the mercy of wild beasts.
HELENA. The wildest hath not such a heart as you.
Run when you will; the story shall be chang'd: 230
Apollo flies, and Daphne holds the chase;
The dove pursues the griffin; the mild hind
Makes speed to catch the tiger- bootless speed,
When cowardice pursues and valour flies.
DEMETRIUS. I will not stay thy questions; let me go;
Or, if thou follow me, do not believe
But I shall do thee mischief in the wood.
HELENA. Ay, in the temple, in the town, the field,
You do me mischief. Fie, Demetrius!
Your wrongs do set a scandal on my sex. 240
We cannot fight for love as men may do;
We should be woo'd, and were not made to woo.
I'll follow thee, and make a Heaven of Hell,
To die upon the hand I love so well.
OBERON. Fare thee well, nymph; ere he do leave this grove,
Thou shalt fly him, and he shall seek thy love.
Hast thou the flower there? Welcome, wanderer.
PUCK. Ay, there it is.
OBERON. I pray thee give it me.
I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows, 250
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses, and with eglantine;
There sleeps Titania sometime of the night,
Lull'd in these flowers with dances and delight;
And there the snake throws her enamell'd skin,
Weed wide enough to wrap a fairy in;
And with the juice of this I'll streak her eyes,
And make her full of hateful fantasies.
Take thou some of it, and seek through this grove:
A sweet Athenian lady is in love
With a disdainful youth: anoint his eyes;
But do it when the next thing he espies
May be the lady: thou shalt know the man
By the Athenian garments he hath on.
I am your spaniel; and, Demetrius,
The more you beat me, I will fawn on you.
Use me but as your spaniel, spurn me, strike me,
Neglect me, lose me; only give me leave,
I am your dog; and, Demetrius, The more you ignore me, I will follow you. Use me only as your loyal companion, hurt me, abuse me, abandon me, leave me; recognize me and know me for me.
May 27, 2014
3. try to gain the love of someone
4. with extreme intensity
8. the action or practice of meditating
9. severe physical or mental suffering
10. of or relating to an empire
12. especially of sound sweet and soothing
1. be extremely and uncritically fond of
2. to try to get the approval of an important or powerful person by giving that person praise
5. courteous and polite
6. great courage in the face of danger
7. showing high moral standards
11. follow (someone or something) in order to catch them
Our group annotated “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” lines 146 through 265 from act 2 scene 1. Shakespeare’s plays are hard to understand, but with the internet and other resources it becomes easier to understand. Each of us chipped in, into annotating our scene. The way we did this, was by asking questions in the comments box and answering them with sometimes multiple answers. We did this until we got all of our questions answered. Our group didn't understand many words, so we worked hard to find the definition. All of our questions were answered about our scene with this method of question and answer. When we weren't around each other, the comments was a way for us to talk to eachother. We also highlighted many words and lines we didn’t understand. After our group finished annotating we realized the play is easier than it appears.