Many guides dictate the meanings of Shakespeare's scenes and translate his rich language into more ordinary speech. But A Guide to Reading Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream gives readers the tools to understand the play for themselves. A sequence of carefully designed questions for each scene helps readers grasp the play's individual lines and larger ideas; an introduction to figurative language offers techniques to comprehend Shakespeare's abundant imagery; an introduction to meter provides the essentials needed to hear the meanings rhythm adds to speeches; and a description of the earliest texts of the play, printed in 1600, 1619, and 1623, illustrates how a modern edition of A Midsummer Night's Dream is produced. A Guide to Reading Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream gives readers the methods and the confidence to arrive at their own interpretations of Shakespeare's great comedy.
About the Author
Maria Franziska Fahey is the author of Metaphor and Shakespearean Drama: Unchaste Signification, which was shortlisted for the 2012 Shakespeare's Globe Book Award. She is a member of the faculty at Friends Seminary, where she has taught English for more than twenty-five years.