“Oh what a tangled web we weave…” 

 

 

 

 


BACKGROUND: Shakespeare, a master storyteller, can spin an intricate, vivid story. In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, he presents a complex and amusing tale of love and emotion. And, in keeping with conventions of Elizabethan comedy, it all ends happily ever after.

 

ASSIGNMENT: Let’s try it ourselves. Read the following story, and then finish it with a happy ending. Be as creative as you’d like and make sure your story resolves the issues facing at least half of those mentioned.

 

Here we go, now pay attention…

 

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heseus plans to marry Hippolyta, whom he captured from the Amazons. But as they plan their wedding, one of his servants comes to him with a problem. The servant’s daughter, Hermia, loves a man named Lysander, even though the servant has arranged for Hermia to marry a man named Demetrius. To complicate things even more, Hermia’s friend, Helena, loves Demetrius, while Demetrius, instead, loves only Hermia.

 

Theseus decides that Hermia must marry Demetrius or face death. So, Lysander and Hermia make plans to elope into the woods. But Helena hears their plans.

 

Meanwhile, in fairyland, Oberon, King of the Fairies, argues with his wife, Titania, over an Indian Boy she wants to raise as she likes. Oberon believes the boy should grow up and become a warrior, but Titania objects. Titania leaves as Oberon plots to cast a spell on her to make her fall in love with the first thing she sees.

 

Oberon summons Puck, also known as Robin Goodfellow, to use a magical flower to cast the spell on Titania. Oberon also decides to cast the love spell on Demetrius so that he will fall in love with Helena. As Oberon casts the spell on Titania, Puck accidentally casts the spell on Lysander. Puck also finds a group of workers in the woods rehearsing for a play they want to perform at Theseus’ wedding. As a gag, Puck puts the head of an ass on one of the rehearsing actors.

 

After Oberon realizes Puck’s mistake with Lysander, they cast the spell on Demetrius, who also falls in love with Helena, creating one big love mess. Now, Demetrius and Lysander both love Helena, instead of Hermia. To top that off, the fairy princess Titania wakes up and falls in love with the man with the head of an ass…

 

You’ve read the beginning of the story.

 

So what happens next?

 

Write a creative and happy ending. Play the role of the master storyteller. Finish this story and create an ending for this mess. How would you resolve this situation? What happens to these people? Who ends up with whom? You decide.

 

Requirements: Your imagined ending should cover no more than two pages double-spaced – roughly 600 words. The above story takes 301 words, so you can pack a lot of information in if you choose your words carefully.

 

You must make mention of AT LEAST HALF THE CHARACTERS introduced:

 


ü     Theseus

ü     Hippolyta

ü     Hermia

ü     Demetrius

ü     Lysander

ü     Helena

ü     Oberon

ü     Puck

ü     Titania

ü     AND the man with the ass-head.

 

 

YOU WILL BE GRADED AS FOLLOWS:

 

Mechanics: (30 points)

·        You use varied complete sentence styles to make your writing interesting.

·        Your writing is devoid of mechanical mistakes and errors.

 

Characters: (30 points)

·        You fully incorporate AT LEAST HALF the characters mentioned and logically resolve the conflicts facing each of them.

·        The characters in your story live happily ever after.

 

Creativity: (40 points)

·        You develop an interesting, readable tale that artfully and understandable picks up from where the story begins.

·        You maintain the lively spirit of the original story in your writing.