A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Imagery in Shakespeare
Subject – English, Shakespeare
Grade Level – 6-12, college
Keywords – A Midsummer Night’s Dream, English, Shakespeare, Comedy, lesson plan, Movies in the Classroom, Puck,
Author – Cynthia F. Kirkeby firstname.lastname@example.org
Affiliation – ClassBrain, Inc.
Date – 30 April, 2002
Duration – 1-2 class periods
Shakespeare & A Midsummer Night’s Dream
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies. It has been translated into many languages and set in many time periods. Puck, one of Shakespeare’s most memorable characters, appears in this play to the delight of all who see it. Shakespeare makes use of imagery; animal and other that is used in this movie version of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Watch A Midsummer Night’s Dream and review Shakespeare Illustrated, and select documents on imagery. Discuss the following questions:
- Which types of imagery show up repeatedly in A Midsummer Night’s Dream?
- Describe some of the imagery used to enhance his main characters in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
- Nick Bottom takes on the characteristics of which animal?
- Write a short descriptive poem or narrative piece about your favorite character in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
- If you were designing a production of this play what year and style of design would you choose?
- Do you have any ideas for the costumes that you think would help the audience visualize the characters in a new way?
Resources & Materials for A Midsummer Night’s Dream
A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Crossword Puzzle with solution page
Film 1: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1999)
Shakespeare’s most popular play to the golden sunlight and green terraces of northern Italy near the end of the nineteenth century.
- Genre(s) – Comedy, Classics
- Rating – PG-13 (some sexual content)
- Family Rating – The Family Movie Guide
- Running Time – 1 hr. 56 min.
- Primary Actors – Kevin Kline , Michelle Pfeiffer, Rupert Everett, Stanley Tucci
- Director – Michael Hoffman
- Music- Simon Boswell
- Book – William Shakespeare
- Screenplay – Michael Hoffman
- Producers – Michael Hoffman, Arnon Milchan, Leslie Urdang, Ann Wingate, Nigel Goldsack
- Studio(s)- Fox Searchlight Pictures, Panoramica (IT), Regency Enterprises