“The Course Of True love Never Did Run Smooth” 1.1.134

Please answer the following questions. There are 4 different mini prompts. Be sure to use paragraphs to make the reading easier.

What do you think the quote in the above title means?

In the play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a dispute between father and daughter has serious consequences. Should parents have the right to control their children’s lives? How should differences between parents and children be resolved?

I know many of you have heard some if not all of the following phrases coined by Shakespeare. What do they mean? Please tell me what you think the meaning is behind each phrase.

a “wild-goose chase”

a “piece of work”

“the be-all, end-all”

“all that glitters is not gold”

“the world is my oyster”

“the green-eyed monster”

By the way, Shakespeare is credited with adding 1700 words to the English language. If he didn’t have a word for something he needed, he simply made one up! Some of the words he created that we use today are : birthplace, bedroom, buzzer, luggage, excitement, lonely, and mimic!

The Globe Theater Virtual Tour You’ll need the free Quicktime download to view this

Clemson Shakespeare Festival Another virtual tour of the Globe Theater

After looking around the Globe Theater, where do you think the best place to view a play would be? Why?

Part 3 of the BBC Animated Tales has been added to the page at the top.


The Role Of A Lifetime

You have been invited to audition for a part in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Which role do you want to play? Why does this role appeal to you? How will you prepare for your audition?

As always, I am looking for a response that is filled with details and descriptions and shows depth of thought.

Check out the SeaCamp Videos located on the new page at the top. Also, there is an interactive game called “Scary Girl” on Think Out Loud, and there are really cute photos of baby zoo animals from around the world on Read Out Loud.

“The Course Of True Love Never Did Run Smooth” I.i.134, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The character, Helena, in A Midsummer NIght’s Dream spends a lot of time contemplating the nature of love, mainly because she finds herself in love with a man who does not love her back. Despite his neglect of her, Helena cannot hide her devotion to him. There are many difficulties associated with love.

How well is love depicted in modern stories? Which stories or films, television shows, or commercials are good examples of love stories and why? Have you read any recent books or seen any recent movies or television shows, etc., that are poor examples of love stories? Explain.

Part 2 Of The BBC Animated Tales Of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is on “View Out Loud.”


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