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ENGL 339
MIDTERM EXAM
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Thursday, January 12, 2017
English 339 Lecture (W1D2)
Shakespeare and A Midsummer Night’s Dream
-The lost years of Shakespeare
7 years between having twins and being a playwright and actor
-Those less successful than him were jealous
dissed him in Latin
-thought he wouldn’t understand Latin
he was wrong
-Shakespeare attended Humanist school
-Ovid Metamorphoses
uses mythological creatures
-Shakespeare pulls from this story
example: the play in Midsummer Night’s Dream
-Is Shakespeare gay?
married an already pregnant woman
leaves them and moves to London
writes sonnets to a man
-When was MND written?
written 1595-1596
-His friends?
Henry Condell
-was left rights in his will
-put his folio together
wanted to keep their friend’s work alive
-Different versions of plays
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Thursday, January 12, 2017
Not every play was performed the same way every time
different versions
when printing find the best plays
MND’s quarto 1 is the best version
-could have sold it for money
-Theseus and Hippolyta speak in blank verse
-Helena speaks in rhyme on page 11
When Hermia and Helena speak in rhyme
-makes it seem ‘less important’
-Hippolyta is an amazon Queen who is independent
-Theseus won her in battle with her kingdom
proposes marriage instead of death
would hate watching Egeus claim Hermia (his daughter) as his property
-a powerful thread of Shakespeare being sensitive to those who are ‘different
believes God chose the King and Queen
-rule justly under God
gay? closet Catholic?
-Fertility vs sterility
if she does not marry Demetrius she will die or become a nun
-conflict of harmony
babies (fertility) is harmony
barren nun
-Day time
reality
Athens
light
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