Act 1, Scene 2: A subplot in this play is a play within the play, put on by a group of handimen, led by an idiot who thinks he’s clever. In Act 1, Scene 2, the men organize to put on “The most lamentable comedy and most cruel death of Pyramus and Thisbe” for Theseus and Hippolyta’s wedding. What says wedding more than “cruel death”? #redwedding
I usually advise my SWHE--Students Who Hate English--to read Sparknotes’ No Fear script when we read Shakespeare. But scenes like this one need to be read in the original text… it’s full of puns and jokes that only make sense if you read it in Shakespeare’s words. Otherwise, you’ll get this translation of today’s quote that totally loses Bottom’s pompousness: “We’ll be there, and there we’ll rehearse courageously and wonderfully, truly obscenely. Work hard, know your lines. Goodbye.” 😑
This is just Part 3 of a 10-part series on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream! Schools have been getting so practical about what we teach in English class lately that I’m not getting many opportunities to do what I love: talk about literature! I disagree with those who argue that the study of fiction is frivolous, or that a modern society has no place for older works. On the contrary, in our era of overinflated films and sequels ad nauseam, I think we're actually starving for that magic that made the classics last so long. I mean, just look at the success of A Fault in Our Stars (title taken from Julius Caesar) and Westworld (tagline courtesy of Romeo and Juliet) and Breaking Bad (Macbeth is now a teacher making meth). Nah, I think Shakespeare’s still alive. .
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