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Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 3, No. 352. Friday, 4 December 1992.
 
(1)     From:   Tom Loughlin <LOUGHLIN@FREDONIA.BITNET>
        Date:   Thursday, 3 Dec 1992 7:37 pm EST (Fri, 4 Dec 92 00:37:18 UT)
        Subj:   MSND Subplots
 
(2)     From:   John Cox <
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        Date:   Friday, 4 Dec 1992 11:18 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 3.0350  Q: MSND Subplots
 
(3)     From:   Michael Best <
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        Date:   Friday, 04 Dec 92 08:40:07 PST
        Subj:   Midsummer plots
 
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From:           Tom Loughlin <LOUGHLIN@FREDONIA.BITNET>
Date:           Thursday, 3 Dec 1992 7:37 pm EST (Fri, 4 Dec 92 00:37:18 UT)
Subject:        MSND Subplots
 
Gary,
 
   Have you tried making the plots graphical?  Perhaps drawing each separate
plot down a line on a page of paper and pointing out the intersecting areas
might help Nathan to visualize on paper where the subplots connect and so come
together to make a whole.  Make sure in the last scene he gets to see all the
characters in that scene on paper - lovers, nobles, mechanicals, and fairies
all enjoying themselves during the wedding revelries.  I've never done this,
just the first thing that popped up in my head.
 
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From:           John Cox <
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Date:           Friday, 4 Dec 1992 11:18 EST
Subject: 3.0350  Q: MSND Subplots
Comment:        Re: SHK 3.0350  Q: MSND Subplots
 
Students often raise Nathan's question in the course of discussing MSND,
and the best answer I've heard concerns the wedding of Theseus and Hippo-
lyta.  The celebrations of the wedding conclude the play, and the young
courtiers appear to be married at the same time.  The rude mechanicals are
in the play to celebrate the court wedding with their performance of *Pyra-
mus and Thisbe*.  The fairies have come to Athens to bless the conjugal em-
braces of the newly-married duke and his wife.  Does that help?
 
John Cox
 
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From:           Michael Best <
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Date:           Friday, 04 Dec 92 08:40:07 PST
Subject:        Midsummer plots
 
I think of the intermeshing of the four plots in MND as being
rather like the layers of a blackforest cake. You can, if you
really want to, carefully savour the icing, the chocolate cake
itself, the cream, or the cherry layer separately, but the
flavour of the cake itself is the interaction in the mouth of
all four flavours.
 

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