Shakespeare’s Comedies & Tragedies A Midsummer Night’s Dream - Writing Assignment Hoffman Due __________ ________ Choose one of the following and respond to it in a short paper of two pages (12 pt font – double spaced) using instances from the play to support your analysis. Cite your references! (Midsummer 3.1 28-34). Keep it short and concise --- to the point! This is an analysis paper, and not a summary of the events! Please submit your paper word processed, in a 12-point font, and double-spaced. You must include the question you are responding to in a reworded style in your introduction in order for your paper to be accepted for evaluation. Please put your name, hour, and question # in the top right-hand corner of the first page. Pay proper attention to sentence structure, mechanics, and paragraphing. 1. The two scenes of the first act and the first scene of the second act present three contrasting, quite different worlds in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. How would you describe these worlds? What atmosphere, or mood, does each suggest? In what ways do they accurately portray the world that they represent? 2. Imagery is concrete, vivid language that appeals to one of the five senses. Select one pattern of imagery in the play, such as plants and flowers, the moon and moonlight, or sleep and dreaming. Trace the way this pattern is developed in the play as a whole. 3. Shakespeare combines four different plots, or series of events, in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Identify these plots, and show how Shakespeare skillfully interweaves them. What are the principal parallels or other connections that link these plots together on a thematic level? How do the characters in these plots, when considered together, suggest a microcosm of society, or perhaps of the universe? 4. Analyzing theme. State and analyze what you take to be Shakespeare’s most important theme in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Be sure to discuss how the elements of setting, imagery, plot, and characterization contribute to this theme. 5. Analyzing character: In most Shakespearean plays, one or two characters are clearly preeminent as the protagonist or the protagonists of the drama. Who is the most important character in A Midsummer Night’s Dream? Discuss and defend your choice with specific references to the text. 6. Analyzing imagery: Reread carefully the speeches of Oberon, Titania, and Puck. Analyze two or three of the most important patterns of imagery in the language of these speeches. Be sure to include specific references to the text in your analysis.