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A discussion focusing on the second half of Act 3 Scene 2 of William Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' - Helena blames Hermia for her rejection. Actor Anna Friel illustrates points about characterisation and language using clips from previous productions.
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9 May 2008

Classroom Ideas

The acknowledgement of the play as a comedy provides a useful starting point to a discussion of genre. Students could be asked to consider different ways in which the scene could be played in order to deepen understanding of the nature of the play as comedy.