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Shakespeare’s Comedies. A Midsummer Night’s Dream Introduction. Let’s start with a quiz!. William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, in the year 1564. Shakespeare wrote three types of plays. What are they? Tragedies Comedies Histories. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • Shakespeares ComediesA MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM INTRODUCTION

  • Lets start with a quiz!William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, in the year

    1564

  • Shakespeare wrote three types of plays. What are they?

    TragediesComediesHistories

  • The name of Shakespeares famous theater was

    The Globe

  • Shakespeare wrote much of his plays in unrhymed iambic pentameter, also known as

    Blank verse

  • Shakespeare has his characters speak in prose to show their

    Low social class / behavior

  • Comedies vs. TragediesWhy are tragedies considered tragic?Comedies, on the other hand, have happy endings.Comedies often includeGreater emphasis on situations rather than charactersA struggle for young loversDeception (often mistaken identity)Multiple plotsDifferent types of comedy, including slapstick, puns, practical jokes, and bawdy humorPastoral settingOften ends with marriage

  • A Midsummer Nights DreamWritten early in Shakespeares career

    Intertwined plots: Theseus and Hippolytas wedding; the artisans; the lovers in the woods

    Set in Athens, Greece

    Fairies, sprites, and laborers

  • AMND continuedWhat is Midsummer Night?One of the nights of the year when sprites were powerfulFlowers gathered on MN were magicalPeople dream of their true loves; sometimes go insane

  • AMND continuedImportant questions:What is love?How and why do people fall in and out of love?Are lovers in control of themselves and their destinies?Which is more real: reason or passion?

  • A Midsummer Nights Dream does not always do exactly what we might expect, and in this way it keeps its audience guessing

    -Catherine Belsey