Writing Assignment Due Tuesday

Today we read Act IV of MSND.

Here is the assignment cut and pasted…

Your task…Find a song that would fit the soundtrack to A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It can cover a smaller specific scene or an overall theme. Be sure its lyrics have a strong connection and please keep them clean. You need to print out the lyrics to the song and either type or write a two-chunk paragraph (8 sentences) explaining the connection. Explain why the song relates to specific characters or scenes and why. Use two concrete details from either the song or the play and then back them up with commentary.

  1. Topic Sentence—Gives name of song and why it connects to A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  2. Concrete detail—Mentions a lyric or quote from song or play that supports topic sentence

*Do not just type a quote here. You must use a lead-in. A quote by itself is not allowed.

  1. Commentary—Explains in your own words how that lyric or quote relates
  2. Commentary—Continues to explain in your own words how that lyric or quote relates

Concrete detail—mentions a second lyric or quote that supports topic sentence

*Do not just type a quote here. You must use a lead-in. A quote by itself is not allowed.

  1. Commentary—Explains in your own words how that lyric or quote relates
  2. Commentary—Continues to explain in your own words how that lyric or quote relates
  3. Conclusion—Restates topic sentence but in a different phrasing which sums up your point

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. The song Madness by Muse makes an excellent choice for the soundtrack to Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream because a character becomes mad with love. 2. In the final verse Muse sings, “Yes I know, I can be wrong/Maybe I’m too headstrong/Our love is madness.” 3. This line sounds like the point of view the character Demetrius has towards Helena after finally realizing he loves her. 4. After the potion takes its effect on him, his love becomes very strong to the point that he turns mad and wants to fight Lysander. 5. Demetrius states more about his love for Helena when he says “The object and the pleasure of mine eye, Is only Helena…Now I do wish it, love it, long for it, And will for evermore be true to it” (4.1). 6. Demetrius makes clear his obsession with Helena by repeating how she means everything to him. 7. He becomes obsessed with her for the rest of the play which takes over his dialogue and changes his whole personality. 8. Because of the song’s connection to obsessive love and Demetrius’ madness towards Helena as a result of the potion, it is fair to say Madness would be the perfect match for this play’s soundtrack.

***Be sure to include the song’s lyrics!

***Be sure to cite the Act and Scene (see sentence 5).

***Do not isolate quotes in your concrete details. You must use a lead-in!

18-20 points—Very few errors, correct citations, lead-ins and proper MLA format, included lyrics, commentary explains concrete details, and song fits well.

17-14 points—Two or more of the above is missing or incorrect.

13-0 points—Three or more of the above are missing.

Example…

“Madness” by Muse

I, I can’t get these memories out of my mind,
And some kind of madness has started to evolve.
(Ma-ma-ma-ma-ma-ma-ma…)
I, I tried so hard to let you go,
But some kind of madness is swallowing me whole, yeah
(Ma-ma-ma-ma-ma-ma-ma…)

I have finally seen the light,
And I have finally realized,
What you mean.
Ooh oh oh

And now, I need to know is this real love,
Or is it just madness keeping us afloat?
(Ma-ma-ma-ma-ma-ma-ma…)
And when I look back at all the crazy fights we had,
Like some kind of madness
Was taking control
(Ma-ma-ma-ma-ma-ma-ma…)
Yeah

And now I have finally seen the light,
And I have finally realized,
What you need.
Mmmm…

And now I have finally seen the end
(Finally seen the end)
And I’m not expecting you to care
(Expecting you to care)
But I have finally seen the light
(Finally seen the light)
I have finally realized
(Realized)
I need to love
I need to love

Come to me,
Just in a dream
Come on and rescue me.
Yes I know, I can be wrong
Maybe I’m too headstrong
Our love is
(Ma-ma-ma-ma-ma-ma-ma…)
Madness

 

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