A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Renaissance

Theseus The Duke of Athens, Kidnapped Hippolyta to be his wife, tells Hermia she can marry Demetrius, be a nun or die
Hippolyta Queen of the Amazons, female warrior, kidnapped by Theseus to be his wife
Egeus Hermia’s father, approves of Demetrius but not Lysander, demands Hermia leave Lysander for Demetrius
Demetrius Helena loves him, but he hates her and wants Hermia
Lysander Hermia’s BF, plans to take her into the woods to run away
Hermia Lysander’s GF, wants to run away into the woods with Lysander, refuses her father’s order to marry Demetrius, says she’d rather die
Helena Desperate for Demetrius, won’t stop following him, says she wants to be like Hermia
Oberon King of the Fairies, likes to use magic to get his way, wants to get the Indian boy
Titania Queen of the Fairies, has her fairy train, is put under a spell to fall in love with a wild beast (Bottom)
Puck Oberon’s loyal assistant, likes to cause chaos, trickster
Nick Bottom Leader of The Mechanicals, overdramatic and bad actor, is turned into an ass by Puck, plays Pyramus but wants to play all other parts too
The Mechanicals working men who decide to put on Pyramus and Thisbe, their play is ridiculous, they love Bottom, Snout, Quince, Snug, Starveling and Flute
Michelangelo “Renaissance man”, artist, sculptor and poet, wrote to Vittoria Colonna
Vittoria Colonna female poet, wrote back and forth poems to Michelangelo
Laura Petrarch’s only love, he wrote the majority of his poems about her
William Shakespeare Born in Stratford-upon-Avon, extremely famous English playwright and poet, wrote Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, King Lear, Macbeth, Hamlet, Julius Caesar and others
Humanism Idea that humans have worth and potential, new Renaissance value
Classicism Renaissance Value about studying Greek and Roman works
Renaissance Generally the rebirth of learning in Europe between 1350 and 1550
Renaissance values Humanism, Secularism, Classicism, Skepticism, Generalism, Individualism
Renaissance man A well rounded man with skill in many areas, generalism values
Petrarchan Sonnet ABBAABBACDEDCE
Shakespearean Sonnet ABABCDCDEFEFGG
Iambic Pentameter 2 syllable feet with the stress on the second syllable, and then 5 feet, so overall 10 syllables
Universal Theme something we can all relate to

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