This video will guide you through Act 5, Scene 1 of A Midsummer Night's Dream with text and visual annotations. Line by line, you will explore Shakespeare's gift for language and invention.
I don't place emphasis on themes, motifs, or symbols, although undoubtedly you will see all these elements at play. My focus is on helping your students read Shakespeare as they would enjoy any other author.
I designed this video partly due to my disappointment with those superficial 2-minute summaries and thematic analyses littering the web. This is my attempt at a thorough reading of the text—the kind of close reading that teachers often lack the resources to deliver.
A big thank-you to the following resources. Without such resources, these videos would not have been the same: The New Cambridge Shakespeare, No Fear Shakespeare, the Oxford Shakespeare, and the artists whose work appears in my slides. Please get in touch if you'd like to know the source of any illustration, clip-art, photograph, or animation.