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A Midsummer Night's Dream Teaching Unit
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- Critics point out that A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet were written about the same time. If you are familiar with both plays, point out similarities and differences between the two.
- It is hard for many readers to make the four lovers distinct. In what ways are they different, and in what ways are they alike? Why did Shakespeare not make them more distinct individuals?
- A play or a movie is an illusion. That is, it is not real life, but we, the audience, suspend our disbelief; and for the time we view it, we accept it as real. Point out where in this play Shakespeare deals with theatrical illusion and reality.
- In real life, illusion and reality are sometimes confused, especially for lovers. Point out instances in this play where the lovers confuse illusion with reality. Consider how they view each other and what they think about themselves.
- “To see” yet “to not be able to see” is a motif that runs through this play. Sometimes it is because love is blind, but other times it is because of the darkness of night. Identify and comment on instances where sight, and seeing or not seeing, is brought up. Bring in the term “doting” for consideration.
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A teaching unit and individual learning packet from Prestwick House. Includes the following: comprehensive chapter-by-chapter study guides for students; questions suitable for essay topics or discussion; vocabulary lists; multiple-choice and essay test with answer key; introductory material from Prestwick House to familiarize both students and teachers with the work.