“Love”ious reason I love you, An interpretation of a scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream

May 17th, 2016

Acting out A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by Shakespeare wasn’t an easy task. We had to fully understand the mood and tone of the characters in the scene we chose to act out. We have interpreted act 3 scene 2 line 165-315, when both men fall love with one woman, who thinks two men are mocking her in a way. Below is our short video of what we interpreted, Director’s notebook shows how we created the video, and my individual reflection which talks about my individual contribution.

Director’s Notebook:

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Sets and Props:

Sets:

Classroom:

Classroom shows the changes of relationship between characters by the sitting positions each character is at. In this case, Helana, Demetrius, and Lysander sits together, when Hermia is at the back table sitting alone, and this shows that Lysander and Hermia’s relationship had changed.

Staircase:

Staircase is the major setting in our film, where most of the love conflicts occurs. The main point why we chose the staircase is to show the differ of “level” for each characters. Helana, who walks down the stairs brings all the attention, whereas, Hermia and other two is at the bottom, which gets NO attention.

Prop

Soft Bats:

Bats coming out of nowhere seems very random, and we aimed for it because the play should still be comedy and something random would make it. The bats show Demetrius and Lysander’s relationship, because two bats had two opposite colors, which represents those two men is hostile and is ready to fight.

Individual reflection:

We have created the act of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in to our own understanding of its scene. Part we analysis and changed is on act 3 scene 2 where Shakespeare uses two lovers conflicts for one presenting its theme, love.  In this project, I have assisted my group planning sets and props.

Two setting I chose were the classroom and the staircase. I chose the classroom because I based on the original setting where there’s only four of the characters and I decided that the empty classroom would fit the setting of its original text and also by the position of sitting, we could already show the love conflict between two men, boys, and the isolation of Hermia.

The main setting was the staircase and it is because the staircase would help to show more of the characterizations of each characters. By Helana, me, walk down the stairs from the top and rest at the bottom, we could easily show the “level” difference of Helana and the rest. As Helana comes down, Helana is viewed as an angel descending from the sky, which gives Helana a whole focus and love. And again, position of each characters are easily mentioned when in the staircase, where Helana is next Lysander, and next to Lysander is Hermia, who takes place, then Demetrius. The position of characters shows that even though Hermia and Lysander is standing next to other, Lysander is facing back towards Hermia but facing face – to – face with Helana, already could tell the tilt between Lysander and Hermia.

Basic props we used were the soft bats, which were used when Demetrius and Lysander fights. Even though the bats came from nowhere, and seems random, we aimed for it, because the original play is a comedy play. However, the bats still bring the seriousness of the act, however, we developed into the silly and funny scene, when Demetrius and Lysander both drops the bats and “cutie punch” each other and we did so because A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a comedy act. The color of two bats also shows the relationship between them. One’s red and one’s green, which in the color scheme, they are opposite colors. Two differ colors represents they are hostile.

Our performance showed the theme of love conflicts. As the play goes on, Lysander, Hermia, and Demetrius fight over love, which tells the theme of love conflicts. Helana, however, feels annoyed and anger, because she thinks they are playing a “little game”. Confusion gets deeper and deeper, which creates more chaos and conflicts.

In this play, I worked as Helana, who owns two men’s love, but thinks they are mocking her. Because I, Helana, think I am being mocked, my gesture mostly shows dislike, annoyed and bit sorrow. My voice is spoken loudly with heavy tone to show my how I am upset with then mocking me.

Nicks Bottom

May 7th, 2016

As I slowly be able to understand A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare, I found how Nick Bottom, one of the major character in this act, is similar to me. Not because he has name in common with me, but his characteristics in the act shows he and I have very similar behavior and mindsets. But if there are similarities, there would also be differences.

Beside we have the same name, what I think Nick Bottom has in common with me is that his thought, or believe in himself is supreme, just like me. “’ Let me play the lion too. I will roar that I will do any man’s heart good to hear me.”’. This scene is where Nick Bottom wants to act more than the limit he could take care, but this is not being Nick Bottom selfish and stupid. He got the trust in him, and that’s why he is so confidence about doing every single act. And I, just like Bottom, I have that courage and trust in me, myself. You might not have found out, but I always do believe me. When I go up to the public and give them a speech, I first calm myself by counting my heartbeats. It is sort of a magical spell that always work.

Nick Bottom has always been my roll model, who I always wanted to be. Not having an ass head, but because he doesn’t get nervous or embarrassed.

Although Nick Bottom and I are very same, there’s a difference. The difference is that he has an ass head and I have an attractive face. Every when Bottom comes near anyone, they are disgust and panic. After having an ass head, he feels lonely and ugly, but on the other hand, I have a great face.

 

 

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