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By: Rachel Szymanski
Text vs. Film
Word Cloud
By Rachel
In the film Helena and Demetrius go through the woods on bikes instead on foot. In the movie in the background when Helena and Hermia are arguing Lysander and Demetrius are in the background fight each other. It also skips the scene when Demetrius is accused of murdering Lysander.

The text is the same as in the play and the fighting between Hermia, Helena, Lysander, and Demetrius. The scene is in the woods.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Comic Strip by By James Suh
By Eli Smith
Vocabulary Crossword
The MSND Times
Intro:Chloe Annotations: Group
Link to Annotations:
By Chloe Pimenta
Figurative Language
“Tartar’s Bow” (III ii 101)-This is an allusion referring to the fast and skilled Mongol warriors that were very talented at archery.

“Sorrow’s heaviness” (III ii 84)-The figurative language shown here is a personification, showing how sorrow can cause the feeling of depression, which feels heavy on the heart.

“Cupid’s archery” (III ii 104)- Cupid was son of the love goddess, Aphrodite, and had a bow and arrows of love, that when someone was hit by an arrow, the first person they would see, they would fall in love with.

“apple of his eye” (III ii 105)-"Apple of his eye" is an idiom, used to express the main focus of a man(or women's) love for someone.

“Fair Helena, who more engilds the night than all you fiery oes and eyes of light” (III ii 188)-Lysander is stating(in a metaphoric way) that Helena is his dream spouse, all that he every wanted, the definition of perfection.

“Both as light as tails” (III ii 135)-This simile explains that the love for Helena is not true and is shallow.

“To what, my love, shall I compare thine eyne? Crystal is muddy” (III ii 141-142)- This metaphor demonstrates that perfection is imperfection.

“My heart to her as guest wise sojourn’d and now to Helen is it home return’d, there to remain.” (III ii 173-175)- A personification to express that Demetrius's heart is open to Helena's love, and her love is there to remain.

“So we grow together, like to a double cherry.” (III ii 212-213)- Helena and Hermia have been friends for as long as they can remember, almost like how double cherries grow very close to each other.

“two of the first, like coats in heraldry” (III ii 216)- Helena and Hermia have two different bodies, but share one heart.
By Group
Comprehension Questions
Group questions
Q:Why does Oberon stand idly while Lysander, Demetrius, Hermia, and Helena verbally spar?
A:He stands idly because he is enjoying himself by seeing how the four of the lovers are fighting with each other under the influence of love potions.

Q:Who is Robin? Is Robin another character?
A:Robin is Puck Goodfellow. Robin is a clever elf that likes to trick people. He is Oberon's right hand man and although Robin is sometimes a klutz he still does the job.

Q:Who is Demetrius trying to control? Who is Helena trying to control?
A:Demetrius, under the influence of love drops, is trying to control Helena in our in our part of reading by trying to make her believe that he loves her and that he is not mocking her. Helena in our section of reading is trying to control Lysander and Demetrius by trying to get them to say that they are mocking her and is trying to make them stop mocking her.

Q:Why does Helena believe that Demetrius and Lysander were mocking her when they were under the influence of love potions?
A:Helena believes the two boys were mocking her because in the beginning, she loved Demetrius, but Demetrius detested Helena. To her, it was unbelievable that Demetrius was attracted to her, but Lysander as well? From her judging, the boys certainly could not have a true desire for her.
Comprehension Questions
1. How does Oberon’s desire to control others propel the action of the play?
A:Oberon bosses Puck around and he starts a feud because Titania was caring more for the little boy than him.

2. To what does Demetrius compare his heart (II. 172-176)? Explain the comparison.
A:Demetrius compares his heart to a guest that has finally returned home to stay.

3. What specific line tells us that Hermia still loves Lysander, even after all of his language of hate? Cite it and explain it.
A:"You speak not as you think. It cannot be"(III ii 194). Hermia cannot believe that Lysander does not love her and is asking him if he is in his right mind.

4. In what ways have the mortals been made fools by Robin?
A:The mortals are considered fools because they are all confusing one thing for another. Both men(Lysander and Demetrius) are fighting for Helena, while both of them at the beginning of the book loved Hermia. Robin uses love potions to control the mortals emotions towards one another.

5. How does the sense of confusion and chaos in 3.2 affect the reader’s understanding of the theme of control? Cite specific examples.
A:Though there is confusion, the lovers all still try to take control of each other to gain each others love. When Demetrius is waking up "O Helena, goddess, nymph, perfect, divine! To what, my love, shall I compare thine eyne?"(III.ii.137-138 Shakespeare).

by: James Suh
Simile/Metaphor Identification
By Group
Allusion Project Links




Act III, scene ii was a relatively understandable passage. The group annotations helped every person in the group to understand a certain line, allusion, or whatever the case. The passage began with the accusation Hermia is making against Demetrius for killing Lysander. Meanwhile, King Oberon of the fairies orders his fairy servant, Puck, to sprinkle the juice of a flower into (who he intended to be)Demetrius's eyes, so he could love Helena back. By accident, Puck sprinkles the juice into Lysander's eyes, mistaking him as Demetrius because of their Athenian Garments. Once Puck finally puts the love juice into the right man's eyes, Lysander and Demetrius love Helena. Helena interprets this as a mockery, and that they truly do not love her. Helena then starts to blame Hermia, her best friend, for the cause of her wounded feelings.

By James Suh
Lysander Theme Tracker
In Shakespeare’s play,
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
, Lysander tries to control Hermia throughout the story. He controls her because he wants to marry her and wants her to love him back. For example, in the woods he tells Hermia that he is going to sleep next to her and how he wants them to be, “one heart, one bed, two bosoms and one troth”(II.ii.31 Shakespeare). This act of trying to control Hermia ended up in Hermia shooing Lysander away to sleep far away. Also in the beginning of the play, Lysander controls Hermia by telling her to stay with him no matter what after being threatened by Egeus. He tells her that he has a, “widow aunt, a dowager/of great revenue, and she hath no child:/From Athens is her house remote seven leagues” (Shakespeare I.i.157-159). He controls her in this part of the play by coaxing her and giving solutions to obstacles that interfere with his goal of gaining her love. This scene of Lysander controlling Hermia caused them to go elope in the forest. In total, Lysander attempts to control Hermia in various ways to gain her love throughout the play.

By Eli Smith
Demetrius Theme Tracker
Demetrius Attempts For Hermia’s Love... AGAIN

In Shakespeare's
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Demetrius tries to take control of Hermia while she is in fret over Lysander in the forest. Demetrius’s love for Hermia is kindled when Egeus, Hermia’s father, promises Hermia’s hand in marriage to Demetrius. Hermia refuses and Egeus goes to Theseus’s court to complain and says,” Full of vexation come I, with complain against my child, my daughter Hermia.-Stand forth, Demetrius.-My noble lord, this man hath my consent to marry her. Stand forth, Lysander.-And, my gracious Duke, This man hath bewitch'd the bosom of my child (I i 22-27) and later Demetrius says, “Relent, sweet Hermia, and, Lysander, yield thy crazed title to my certain right (I i 91-92).” Egeus wants Hermia to marry Demetrius even though Hermia loves Lysander and not Demetrius. Demetrius tries to persuade Hermia to love him and break up with Lysander. Hermia refuses and later, while in the forest, Lysander tries to control Hermia when Hermia asks,” I pray thee, tell me then that he is well. [and Demetrius responds] An if I could, what should I get therefor(III ii 77-78)?” Hermia doesn’t know where Lysander is and wants Demetrius to tell her where he is. Demetrius takes hold of the situation by trying to get something in return from Hernia, like a kiss, for telling her where Lysander is. Hermia responds harshly and rebukes,” A privilege never to see me more. And from thy hated presence part I so. See me no more, whether he be dead or no(III ii 79-81).” Hermia is outraged that Demetrius is trying to trick a kiss out of her and becomes even more disgusted with him and never wants to see Demetrius again. Demetrius’s attempt to gain Hermia’s love fails once again.
By Chloe Pimenta
Hermia Theme Tracker
Hermia asks Demetrius "What's this to my Lysander? where is he?Ah good Demetrius, wilt thou give him me?(III ii 62)" in order to obtain the location of Lysander, if Demetrius has not allegedly killed him in his sleep. She attempts to control Demetrius by being nice to him, hoping that he will let the cat out of the bag. Unfortunately, the only privilege in Demetrius's favor is to "never to see me more. And from thy hated presence part I so. See me no more, whether he be dead or no.(III, ii, 80)" and Hermia is left right back where she started. Later, the fighting between Demetrius, Helena, and Lysander leads Hermia to her love. The plan backfires on Hermia, and ultimately Lysander tells her that he doesn't love her anymore, and she has been a waste of time. Hermia is hurt, and is speechless, until Puck fixes the problem to begin with, which is later on in the book.
By Rachel Szymanski
Helena Theme Tracker
Helena, seeking love from Demetrius and trying to make Demetrius love her by telling him that Hermia and Lysander are going into the woods. Helena thinks that Demetrius would like her if she told him what Hermia and Lysander where doing. But as a result Robin puts the love juice into Lysander's eyes. Then Robin puts the love juice into Demetrius' eyes and when he wakes up he is in live with Helena, "To what, my love, shall I compare thine eyne? Crystal is muddy. O, how ripe in show Thy lips, those kissing cherries, tempting grow!(III.ii 138-140)" Instead of enjoying that Lysander and Demetrius love her she feels that they are mocking and making a fool of her, "O spite! O hell! I see you all are bent To set against me for your merriment: If you were civil and knew courtesy, You would not do thus much injury. Can you not hate me, as I know you do, But you must join in souls to mock me too?(III.ii 145-150)"

By Eli Smith
Vocabulary Kahoot
Here is a Kahoot to test some of your knowledge about Figurative language in Shakespeare's
A Midsummer Night's Dream
act 3 acene 2 lines 62-219:


Simile/Metaphor Analysis
By:James Suh
In William Shakespeare’s play,
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
, the author uses multiple similes and metaphors to enhance the understanding of the plot, theme, and characters. Metaphors and similes make a comparison that further improve the text and Shakespeare used them effectively in this play. Although there were various similes and metaphors in my section of reading, one simile gave a very vivid image of the comparison that was being made. It gave me a deeper and clearer understanding of my section of reading.

The simile that painted a picture in my mind made a comparison between Hermia’s relationship with Helena and a double cherry. It showed how the two girls grew up like, “two lovely berries moulded on one stem” (Shakespeare III ii 215). It gave a better understanding of how close the relationship between Hermia and Helena is and how Helena thinks of Hermia. It also gave a better understanding of the plot by showing why Helena feels so betrayed when she believes that Hermia planned to mock her. Furthermore, it gives a deeper understanding of the theme by showing how love can be hard and break such close friendships like Hermia’s friendship with Helena.

Overall, the numerous different metaphors and similes made a significant difference in my understanding of the play. They gave a deeper understanding of the characters, the plot, and the theme. They also helped me visualize scenes and gave clear comparisons that I could relate to. Specifically, the simile about cherries gave a very realistic and relatable comparison. In total, the similes and metaphors greatly increased my understanding of the play.

Shakespeare's Simile
So we grow together,
Like to a double cherry, seeming parted,
But yet an union in partition;
Two lovely berries moulded on one stem
Modern interpretation
We grow together
like twin cherries that seem separated
but are together yet divided
two beautiful cherries connected on one stem
Answer Key:

Love is a chemical reaction that neither parents or the forces of nature can control. In fact, the chemical reaction of love has a surprising number of effects on a person's thoughts, impulses, and actions toward one's love.

A Midsummer Night's Dream clearly demonstrates that
love cannot be controlled, even with a parent's threat. "When attraction, or romantic passion comes into play, we often lose our ability to to think rationally( AMSND:The Chemistry of Love)." The set back of not being able to think rationally can prove what often causes the lovers to do things beyond their imagination, just for their love.

Further more, parents cannot control love, who is loved, and the reason why, or the influence of what love can have on their child. Scientist have been using fMRI(functional magnetic resonance imaging) scans to observe a person's brain when shown the object of affection to that person. "What scientists see in those scans during that "crazed, can't-think-of-anything-but stage of romance" -- the attraction stage -- is the biological drive to focus on one person. The scans showed increased blood flow in areas of the brain with high concentrations of receptors for dopamine -- associated with states of euphoria, craving and addiction. In other words, couples in this stage of love focus intently on the relationship and often on little else(AMSND: The Chemistry of Love)." The expression "Love is blind" is referring two how the chemical reaction of certain hormones blocks the logical way of thinking, and missing the flaws of one's love.

In conclusion, love is a complex chemical reaction that blocks much of the normal mind's way of thinking. This often cannot be controlled, and has a huge impact on the person's emotions, thoughts, and actions in general, which leads to much of what happens in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

By: James Suh, Rachel Szymanski, Chloe Pimenta, Eli Smith
In my word cloud I put the main characters,Lysander, Helena, Demetrius,
and Hermia, larger than the other words because the scene and story is mainly about them. Flower, awake, hate, rivals are also important because overall the story is about the rivalry between all the characters.

The director made the changes because
it would be odd if they were running into
the woods and when Helena fell off the
it looks better if she falls of the bike it wouldn't make sense if she just tripped and fell. The director kept the lines the same so that
the people who are familiar with the play they would understand what was happening. The fight between Hermia, Helena, Lysander, and Demetrius is the same because it is a big part of the story.
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