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MSND Group 5
Transcript of MSND Group 5
Reading Comprehension Questions
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
, our group had a semi-difficult time. It was easy reading the text, but much more difficult analyzing. However, rereading multiple times helped tremendously, and it was fun to read it aloud with our group. In the end, reading Shakespeare was fun, a bit funny with the outdated language, and interesting to see how he portrayed his characters.
No, no, I am as ugly as a bear;
For beasts that meet me run away for fear:
Therefore no marvel though Demetrius
Do, as a monster fly my presence thus.
I look as ugly as a bear
And things that meet me run away in fear
So it’s not surprising that Demetrius
Does the same, like I am a monster
This simile is said by Helena as she is chasing Demetrius. In it, she compares herself to a bear. This reveals how much she dislikes and belittles herself, and her insecurity. Though glimpses are given before this occurrence, at this point, she even compares herself to a large, clumsy animal. This also leads to Helena’s disbelief of Lysander and Demetrius’ love.
Daniel Lee, Angela Liu, Nina Mao, Marco Napolitano
Friday, May 16, 2014
Summary & Comic Strip
Nina Mao & Angela Liu
Prose, Poetry, and Figurative Language
In William Shakespeare's entertaining play, A Midsummer Night's Dream, in Act II. Scene ii, readers begin to see the effects of Puck's and the love drops' actions on the two couples. The scene begins with Hermia and Lysander's entrance into the woods, as they've run away from Hermia's angry fathe, Egeus, who doesn't approve of Lysander. They decide to stop and sleep for the night, and Lysander wants to sleep with Hermia. However, Hermia refuses, saying that when they're apart, their love grows stronger, and finally they both agree to sleep seperately. Afterward, Puck finds a sleeping Lysander and mistakes him for Demetrius, as King Oberon instructed him to find the "...man [that he will know]; By the Athenian garments he hath on" (II.ii.642-643). Oberon wanted to help Helena by making Demetrius fall in love with her, but Puck accidently placed the love drops in Lysander's eyes instead of Demetrius'. Therefore, when Helena and Demetrius stumble through the woods (Demetrius looking for Hermia, Helena just following him) and after Demetrius runs away from a desparate and depressed Helena, Lysander wakes up to Helena's surprise, and proclaims his new love for her. Despite this, Helena is extremely offended and upset about this, and accuses Lysander of mockery, as she can't believe he would ever love her (as he used to love Hermia), and runs off. Lysander promises to himself that he will love Helena only, and runs off after her, letting readers know that his views of who he loves have completely changed. Finally, Hermia wakes up from a nightmare where Lysander isn't there to save her from a serpent, and when she realizes he isn't sleeping near her, she immediately procalims that if she doesn't find him, the only other thing she can do is to find death. In conclusion, Shakespeare cleverly introduces the magical love drops to this humouros story, and readers begin to see the effects they have on the lovers and how that will affect their relationships later in the play.
The prose, poetry, and figurative language in Shakespeare’s play,
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
, greatly enhance the writing. This is partially because some characters speak in prose, and others in poetry, to show social status, and to reveal character. The figurative language adds tone, mood, and conveys clear meaning. Also, it brings out emotion and perspective that plain language can’t express. Overall, the prose, poetry, and figurative language amplifies A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Film versus Play Comparison
Nina Mao & Marco Napolitano
Angela Liu & Daniel Lee
In Act 2, Scene 2, of William Shakespeare’s
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
, I observed that the most dominant topics were love, relationships, control, trust, and magic. Also, in this section of the play, Hermia, Lysander, Demetrius, and Helena are the dominant characters. For this reason, I included these dominant topics as parts of the word cloud. Even though many people just copied and pasted their section into the word cloud making program, I decided not to. Instead, I chose to pull out only the important subjects in the scene, because if I pasted the entire scene then words like thy and troth would appear. and they that aren’t important at all in the play. Based on the word cloud that I created with my group, I can conclude that this part of
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
is about two couples, Helena and Demetrius; and Hermia and Lysander, that are trying to control each other in relationships. Then, I can guess that the scene takes place in a magical forest, where love drops are placed in a person’s eyes. In the end, based on the Wordle that our group created for this scene you can get a decent idea of the main characters, the big events, and the main topics in this section.
In William Shakespeare’s comedic play, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Hermia attempts to control her lover, Lysander. Her efforts and actions support the theme of control throughout this play. At first, she only wants to control Lysander because she feels uncomfortable about sleeping with him and tells him to “lie further off; in human modesty” (II.ii.63). Eventually she convinces him to sleep by himself by saying that their love will grow stronger when they’re apart. However, she later regrets her actions when she finds her love gone and while at first she is shocked (“Lysander! what, removed? Lysander! lord! What, out of hearing? gone? no sound, no word? Alack, where are you speak, an if you hear; Speak, of all loves! I swoon almost with fear” [II.ii. 157-160]), she then realizes he has left her and isn’t returning anytime soon, and declares that “either death or you I'll find immediately” (II.ii.161-162). As the play progresses, readers learn that Lysander has been given love drops by Puck to make him fall in love with Helena, but at the end of this humorous story, Lysander returns to loving his true love, Hermia, and ends up marrying her at the same wedding where Demetrius, Helena, Theseus, and Hippolyta are married as well! In conclusion, Shakespeare’s entertaining play shows the theme of control, and it is supported with Hermia’s efforts to control Lysander. (Written by: Angela)
Track Theme: Hermia & Lysander Paragraphs
In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a play by William Shakespeare, Hermia is attempting to control Demetrius. This adds to the theme of control because Hermia is trying to control Demetrius. She wants to control him because she loves him, and wants Hermia to “... teach [her] how [she] look[s], and with what art/[She] sway[s] the motion of Demetrius' heart” (I.i.200-201). However, Demetrius does not love Helena, but she just wants to follow him. Eventually, though, Helena acquires Demetrius’ heart with the love drops of the fairies. Demetrius declares that “the object and the pleasure of [his] eye,/Is only Helena” (IV.i.167-168). Helena’s attempt to control Demetrius adds to the theme of control. (Written by: Nina Mao)
Track Theme: Helena & Demetrius Pargraphs
Nina Mao (Helena) & Marco Napolitano (Demetrius)
September 21, 1595. London, England. Magical woods. Demetrius and Helena were reported chasing each other through a magic forest while arguing with one another. Our reporters overheard Demetrius scream, “I love thee not, therefore pursue me not” (ll.i.188-189). Then, the arguing and chase continued as Demetrius attempted to escape Helena deeper in the forest. Our reporters told us that it seemed as if Demetrius was trying to control Helena by attempting to escape her and telling her that she should leave him alone because he loves Hermia not her. He puts this idea across to Helena by uttering, “Let me go, or if thou follow me, do not believe but I shall do thee mischief in the wood” (II.i.235-237). This was, yet, another example of Demetrius trying to control Helena with his words. Later, it was reported that the person that the person that was loving Hermia before, Lysander, started to love Hermia instead for an unknown reason. In the end, Lysander eventually came back to love Hermia and Demetrius was in love with Helena. Finally, the couples were married at a grand ceremony and they lived happily ever after. In conclusion, the entire chase for love was driven by control over one another, like Demetrius’ control over Helena and Lysander’s over Hermia. (Written by: Marco Napolitano)
Angela Liu (Hermia) and Daniel Lee (Lysander)
In the play A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare, Lysander is trying to control Hermia in the forest near Athens. Lysander and Hermia wants to control each other because they love each other. Lysander has his heart connected to Hermia’s heart on his so they cannot be apart, so he states, “I mean that my heart unto yours is knit..“(II.ii.53). Lysander and Hermia love each other, but because of Puck, his magic flower made Lysander and Demetrius both love Helena. This made Hermia spiteful of Lysander and Helena. But when the spell got broken, Lysander loved Hermia like previously. (Written by: Daniel)
By Angela Liu
Love. It is the feeling that everyone wants. But what is love? Well, love is a biochemical chain reaction in the brain. This chemical chain of events usually occurs at the early stages of love and causes people to not think as rationally (or clearly) as they are typically capable of. Unfortunately, many teens are at this stage in “love,” causing them to be in a “can't-think-of-anything-but-romance" stage. For this reason, I agree that love is simply a chemical reaction in the brain and therefore teens cannot make logical decisions. The two reasons why I think this way are explained and exemplified in William Shakespeare’s play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and an article called “The Chemistry of Love.”
In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, many illogical decisions are made because the characters are madly in love with each other. One example of this is when Oberon, the king of the fairies, is jealous when Titania, Oberon’s wife, is spending more time with an Indian
boy than she is with him. Because of this, Oberon puts love drops in Titania’s eyes so she falls in love with the first living thing she sees. This happens to be a human with a donkey head named Bottom. Titania falls madly in love with the donkey-human and worships him as if she was a religious person and he was a god. When Titania wakes to Bottom’s singing, she immediately begins to passionately love him and she says, “I pray thee, gentle mortal, sing again: Mine ear is much enamour'd of thy note; So is mine eye enthralled to thy shape; And thy fair virtue's force perforce doth move me on the first view to say, to swear, I love thee” (III.i.959-963). After this, Titania takes Bottom with a few other people to a special place where the loving continues. Eventually, the love drops are taken out of Titania eyes by Puck, and she loves Oberon again. This act by Oberon was very illogical and unnecessary because he could have sorted out everything through logical and calm speech and shown his affection to her, instead of going to an extreme extent with the love drops. Oberon did this because he was in love with Titania and wanted a way to make her look foolish and get her to love him again, but he didn’t have to do what he did. Therefore, teens (and some adults alike) can obviously not make logical decisions when they are in love.
Another example of the topic that love is a chemical reaction in the brain and therefore teens can’t make logical decisions when in love, is in the article “The Chemistry of Love.” The article explains that when people (including teens) are in the attraction, or romantic passion stage people usually lose their ability to think rationally. When people are in this attraction state, “the old saying ‘love is blind’ is really accurate” (“The Chemistry of Love”). Next, the article goes on to explain the next stage in love, attachment; “the attachment, or commitment, stage is love for the duration. You've passed fantasy love and are entering into real love” (“The Chemistry of Love”). In this part of love there are numerous chemicals and hormones running around in your brain and in your body that induce a variety of things like giddiness, flushed faced, a racing heartbeat, and excitement. The two obvious hormones that people associate with love are testosterone and estrogen, but there are also other chemicals that cause other symptoms in early love. These chemicals include dopamine and norepinephrine, and they cause an adrenaline-like rush, sleeplessness, craving, and a loss of appetite. When teens have all these different hormones and chemicals racing through their blood, they usually become more nervous and anxious, causing them to lose their ability to think rationally. Obviously, it is clear that because of chemicals in a teen’s body when they are in love, they have a hard time thinking clearly.
In conclusion, from the play by Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the article “The Chemistry of Love” I agree that teens cannot make logical decisions when in love, because love is simply a chemical reaction in the brain. So next time that you’re feeling madly in love, remember that love is just a chemical chain of events in the brain and it’s very easy to make irrational decisions.