We looked at some ideas on how to work with the tools that exist on the internet to help you with the very difficult language that Shakespeare uses in his plays.
If you need help, take a look at NO FEAR SHAKESPEARE, which provides a side by side translation of the story.
For many of you, reading Shakespeare's language can be a challenge. Things to pay attention to in A Midsummer Night's Dream:
Shakespeare uses language to build three dramatic spaces within the play: the classical Athens of Theseus and Hippolyta; the world of the working men; and finally, Fairyland ruled by Oberon and Titania. Be attentive to how language shifts in each of these worlds.
In A Midsummer Night's Dream Shakespeare often uses sentence structures that separate words that normally appear together, most often the subject and verb. This is often done to create a particular speech rhythm, or emphasize a certain word. Occasionally, words are omitted to create iambic pentameter lines. Puns and wordplay are infrequently used in A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Grab this workbook. (its a big download...)..we'll need it for the next few weeks.
Here also is ACT I in audio format for those who would like to listen along as they read the text.