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Midsummer Nights Dream Made Easy : Shakespeare Made Easy (Paperback) - William Shakespeare

Midsummer Nights Dream Made Easy

Shakespeare Made Easy (Paperback)

Paperback Published: 1st February 1985
ISBN: 9780812035841
Number Of Pages: 218
For Ages: 14 - 17 years old

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Change and transformation are central to the action, themes and language of A Midsummer Night's Dream. In this lucid study Helen Hackett shows how the play participates in a widespread 1590s concern with mutability; often, as here, expressed through moon-imagery, and associated with representations of the ageing Virgin Queen. However, it is also very much a play about procreative change, set at one of the 'green hinges' of the year, to use Angela Carter's phrase. The happy ending is marked by multiple marriages; and yet, these marriages have been achieved through conflict and force. Comedy veers close to tragedy, and vice versa in the inset Pyramus and Thisbe performance, illustrating Shakespeare's sense of the innate indeterminacy of genres. It is also Shakespeare's most Spenserian play in its depiction of a supernaturally animated natural world, providing the grounds for the characterization of Shakespeare as a poet of nature which was to prove so influential for Milton and the Romantics.

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Of late many classic titles - including the Bible - have been turned into manga, in a 21st-century version of the venerable Classics Illustrated comics. This take on the Bard boils his play down to approximately 20 words per page, drastically abridging the text, though keeping intact the original language and meter. A fully colored dramatis personae reduces the characters to sound bites and shines in comparison to the flat, gray-toned images that murkily tell the story itself. As drawn by Brown, the characters are decidedly more Western-looking in their styling than is typical to most manga, and the adaptor's choice of setting is an anachronistic mishmash of quasi-antique and modern, a choice that will leave sophisticated readers knowledgeable with the text slightly puzzled. The Tempest (ISBN: 978-0-8109-9476-8), drawn by Paul Duffield, follows an identical template. These attempts to convert Shakespeare into visual language fall flat, although the slick manga styling alone may attract some new readers to these works. (plot summary, author's biography) (Graphic fiction. 13 & up) (Kirkus Reviews)

Introductionp. 6
William Shakespeare: life, plays, theater, versep. 8
A Midsummer Night's Dream: date, source, textp. 15
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Original text and modern versionp. 17
Activitiesp. 186
Charactersp. 186
Structurep. 197
Themesp. 199
Atmosphere, imagery and settingp. 202
Music and dancep. 204
Close readingp. 206
Textual questionsp. 212
One-word-answer quizp. 214
What's missing?p. 217
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ISBN: 9780812035841
ISBN-10: 0812035844
Series: Shakespeare Made Easy (Paperback)
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 14 - 17 years old
For Grades: 9 - 12
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 218
Published: 1st February 1985
Publisher: ABARIS BOOKS (CT)
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 18.14 x 12.75  x 1.25
Weight (kg): 0.2
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: Annotated

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