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CLIP 12135

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Helena

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Helena
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Key Info
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Helena
  • Duration: 02:40
  • Actress Michelle Ryan offers an alternative interpretation of the role of Helena from Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'. The traditional characterisation of Helena is discussed and alternative ideas are offered. Extracts from Helena's speech from Act 3 Scene 2 of the play are used to illustrate the narrator's points. She clearly explains what some of the more complicated language from the speech means and touches on the significance of the changing relationship between Helena and Hermia. Some advice is also offered on reading the speech, including the importance of understanding the rhythm.
  • Subject:

    English

       Topic:

    Shakespeare: Comedies

  • Keywords: Helena, Hermia, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, act 3, scene 2 characterisation, relationships, love, contemporary adaptations, character, William Shakespeare, offbyheartshakespeare, Michelle Ryan
Ideas for use in class
  • In conjunction with the study of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', When analysing the character of Helena When analysing the relationship between Helena and Hermia in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', In conjunction with the study of Act 3 Scene 2 from 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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