How would you direct the scenes depicting love between Titania and bottom to show the differences between the Mortal and Immortal worlds and to bring out Shakespeare’s humour? I am going to study and then direct the scenes that depict the similarities and differences between the Mortal and Immortal worlds. To do this, I had to study, Act 3 Scene 1, lines 109 – 196, in which Bottom’s head, has been changed into an asses; and Titania (the queen of the fairies) has fallen in love with him due to a love potion thought up by the powerful Oberon.
And Act 4 Scene 1, lines 1 – 102, this scene is showing that Oberon has found out about Titania falling in love with Bottom, so he tries to undo the spell. Through directing this, I shall show lighting, the purpose of characters, etc in relation to the movements and use of voice by characters in William Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Nights Dream’. This play is thought to have been written for a Wedding at Wilton House in Wiltshire, and was first performed in front of a guest of honour. This guest was, Queen Elizabeth 1, so it must have been an important wedding.
William Shakespeare wrote this play with a great amount of thought. He might have based Theseus, on The Lord of the Manor at Wilton House, to whom he is performing the play at the wedding. In which case this play was written for a certain person. The mechanicals represent the actors that perform for The Lord of the Manor. As we enter Act 3 Scene 1 line 109, Titania has had a love potion put on her eyes, as a result of Oberons trick which was because Titania had adopted an Indian boy because his biological mother had died at birth, and now Oberon wants him to become one of his fairies, but Titania does not agree.
Bottom has just had his head transformed into an asses at the relish of Puck. All the other actors have hurried off back to Athens, because of this monstrous trick. Bottom then awakes Titania from her “flowery bed” (Act 3 Scene 1 line 126) to discover that she has fallen madly in love with him. The social status of Bottom is as it sounds, ‘Bottom’, he is a weaver who works for a living, like now, back in the 1590’s, there were three classes. The lower working class like Bottom, middle class and upper class, Theseus, Titania etc.
Hermia and Lysander are at this moment asleep in the forest after an argument and so are now confused. ” I pray thee gentle mortal sing again” (Act 3 Scene 1 line 134) This quote has 10 syllables like many other lines spoken by Titania during the play. You can see that the upper classes, i. e. Theseus, Titania, tended to speak in verse, which was to show aristocracy. Whilst the lower working classes, had a tendency to speak in prose, mainly because they didn’t need to prove anything ie. ” Methinks Mistress you should have little reason” (Act 3 Scene 1 line 139).
Self-orientation is a major factor in the characters attitude towards other characters, especially the upper classes. Unlike the lower orders, who normally follow each other around, due to lack of self-confidence. Speaking in verse also shows that he/she has been educated. The English language was much more summarised 300 years ago. They had phrases to show a group of words e. g. “to serve mine own turn” (Act 3 Scene 1 line 146) means: “for my purpose”. Unlike now where we speak many more long winded sentences.
In Act 4, Scene 1 the language is much the same as Act 3 Scene 1. The difference is that both Bottom and Titania are more relaxed now. Bottoms language is harsh and coarse, but still has slight respect for Titania. He remains humorous even though he is bedazzled by what has happened to him. I admire the way he stands up for himself ie. “I had rather have a handful or two of dried peas” instead of settling for nuts suggested by Titania. Ie: “Truly, a peck of provender… ” Which translates as “Truly, a bundle of food” roughly.