A Midsummer Night's Dream Essay

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Steffie Solomon 1/8/09 A Midsummer Night’s Dream More than 400 years ago, William Shakespeare wrote A Midsummer Night’s Dream and it is still read today. Even though 400 years is a long time ago, Shakespeare’s jokes still make sense and make us laugh as well. In 1999, Michael Hoffman directed this play into a movie also called A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The movie followed the play closely, but also added some extra movie magic and was more modern than the play. Showing the movie in an English class is a wonderful idea because when you are reading the play, you probably use your own imagination and try to figure things out. Watching A Midsummer Night’s Dream from a movie’s point of view, and not just the play, will enhance your imagination and maybe clear things out in the play that didn’t make sense before. In the play, the main lovers are Hermia, Lysander, Demetrius and Helena. The main thespians in the play are Bottom, Quince, Flute, Snug, Snout and Starveling. Other characters that add to the plot and storyline are Theseus, Hippoltya, Titania, Oberon, Egeus and Puck. In the movie, these characters have the same names and play the same roles. The characters have their own distinct personalities in the movie, unlike in the play, where you don’t have side notes telling you if the character is short-tempered or jovial and kind. For example, Theseus has a speech in which he describes consequences for Hermia’s actions in Act I Scene I. When you are reading it, you don’t know if Theseus is a harsh quick-tempered judge or a nice, mellow patient person. Theseus in the movie is shown as a patient and understanding person, so this actually gives him a characteristic. I strongly suggest that the movie should be shown in class because it is fun to watch any play come to life. To take a wonderful piece from Shakespeare and watch it from a modernized view helped me

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