Friday, June 3, 2011

A Midsummer Nights Dream Act 3, Scene 1


this day is packed! i wanted to read the whole act and stay on a roll with this play, but there's just too much going on. production meeting, rehearsal 10-5, and hanging out with my good friend sherry! we are both choosing a movie we're embarrassed to admit we want to see. we watch them together in a judgement free zone. pretty sweet, huh? therefore, blogging must be finished by the end of lunch. so here we go!

act 3, scene 1
rehearsal is taking place in the woods, and Bottom suggests he receive an extra monologue to explain to the ladies in the audience that when he kills himself in the play, he's not really dead. they also decide, with Bottom's help, that the lion must proclaim he is just an actor so the audience won't be scared of him. they are working out how to represent the moon and the wall when Puck stumbles upon the rehearsal. he decides to have a little fun with them, and when Bottom makes his exit, he follows him off for a little mischief. when Bottom re-enters, he has a donkey head, courtesy of Puck. all of Bottom's friends are scared and run off. Bottom has no idea what's going on. just then Titania wakens, and the first thing she sees is Bottom. she falls instantly in love with him, (see quote below) and orders her fairies to wait upon him hand and foot.

i am surprised because i am thoroughly enjoying this read, and i haven't been a fan of this play for years. maybe i just find it more enjoyable to read than watch? it moves so fast on the page and i understand a bit more of what's going on. is it bad that i think it's funnier on the page?

it makes me sad that Helena has been so emotionally abused by Demetrius that when Lysander calls her beautiful, she automatically thinks he's mocking her. sad sad sad. i feel like if Hermia were in her place, without Demetrius' bad influence, she wouldn't have reacted the same way. because she has self-esteem. weird how that works.

quote of the day:
'methinks, mistress, you should have little reason for that. and yet, to say the truth, reason and love keep little company together nowadays-- the more the pity that some honest neighbors will not make them friends. nay, i can gleek upon occasion.'
-Bottom; act 3, scene 1

for tomorrow: act 3, scene 2!

-rebecca may

1 comment:

  1. Love this act in particular. Another few quotes; "What angel wakes me from my flowery bed?" and, "thou art as wise as thou art beautiful!"