Focus: How does A Midsummer Night's Dream conclude, and why does it conclude this way?
1. Warming up: Celebrating blogging brilliance
2. Spontaneously acting out the tragic tale of Pyramus and Thisbe:
Before reading: What do you know about this myth?
While reading: Mark any passages that connect somehow to Midsummer.
After reading: Why do you think Shakespeare selected this story to be in Midsummer?
Why is this a strange choice for the wedding of Theseus and Hippolyta, Hermia and Lysander, and Helena and Demetrius?
3. Closely reading Puck's final speech (it's one of my favorites) and using the reading strategies chart to unravel it; you can find the speech at the very end of Act 5 (5.1.440-end)
Take a look at my example if you need some help:
4. Watching the film version of Acts 4 and 5
This will be the last time you add to your film notes; again, mark any interesting directorial choices and analyze what they might signify.
1. Watch THIS CLIP from Dead Poets Society, then watch THIS ONE (one scene, just divided into two clips). Here's a little helpful background information before you watch: Neil, who plays Puck in his boarding school's performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream, is surprised to see his father in the audience. His father, who is extremely controlling (and borderline abusive, in my opinion) has explicitly forbidden Neil to be in a play.
In your "Thou Doest Thine Homework Document," please respond to the following question: How does this scene slightly transform the meaning of Puck's final speech? To whom does Neil seem to be speaking, and how does the meaning of this speech apply to his situation? Please type at least a few thoughtful sentences in response to this question.
2. Memoir reading