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The motif of dreams vs. reality - writing a motif essay?


Senior14 1 / 2  
May 22, 2011   #1
Writing prompt:

How does the motif of dreams vs. reality support the complexity of the play? Select one scene in A Midsummer Night's Dream that exemplifies the use of this motif as apart adding value to the whole of the play.

What is complexity? Can someone please give me a few steps as to how to write this essay? My english teacher kind of just threw it at us...
isai 12 / 111  
May 22, 2011   #2
Greetings!

Dear senior14!

Before start writing your essay, why don't you take a little initiative and effort to look at the sample essays. I'm pretty sure you will get some ideas rather depends on your teacher to give you A-Z. Being a lecture, I will assign the task and follow up with my students if the students move first. My humble request, pls don't ever disgrade our teachers or lecturers. We should always appreciate them. First of all you must really drill the story and look at characters.
OP Senior14 1 / 2  
May 22, 2011   #3
Thank you! I am new to this website; where can I find sample essays?
OP Senior14 1 / 2  
May 22, 2011   #4
Ok, I've done some research and I think the scene where Hermia wakes up from a nightmare to find Lysander gone and in love with Helena is a good choice. It exemplifies the use of the motif because Hermia wakes up from a DREAM and that dream symbolizes what's happening in reality. (Please correct me if I'm wrong). But I'm really not sure how this scene is apart adding value to the whole of the play. Could you help me with that aspect?
EF_Kevin 8 / 13,321 129  
May 23, 2011   #5
How does the motif of dreams vs. reality support the complexity of the play?

How does it "support the complexity?" What does it mean to support complexity? This is a strange assignment.

Well, when that happens, just do your best to interpret the teacher's meaning. Or ask for clarification. But in this case, you can start by writing about that motif.

How about starting by reading this great analysis: .sparknotes.com/shakespeare/msnd/themes.html
Start from there. Enjoy it! The point is to write a few paragraphs about the nature of dreams and the nature of reality. What lesson was Shakespeare teaching with this motif?

Just start by writing about that. After you have written something, you can discuss its complexity. :-)


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