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Shakespeare Made Easy - A Midsummer Night's Dream [Paperback]

Alan Durband
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1 Oct 1989 0748702784 978-0748702787 New Ed
The Shakespeare Made Easy series aims to take the fear out of Shakespeare. By having Shakespearean and Modern English facing each other, pupils will find it easier to comprehend the text. Through discussion of the life, work and theatre of Shakespeare pupils can gain a more rounded understanding of these classic works.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Nelson Thornes; New Ed edition (1 Oct 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0748702784
  • ISBN-13: 978-0748702787
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 183,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone can enjoy this great play 15 April 2001
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Let's face it, the best way to gain an understanding of Shakespeare's work is to be taught it. Unfortunately, I haven't been taught English Literature since I was at high school, and I found reading a Shakespeare play without help rather frustrating. Obviously, he uses words that are no longer in use, and he uses a lot of irony and sarcasm that isn't always clear. This version of A Midsummer Night's Dream allows everyone to understand and enjoy the play, and also see the beauty and wit of his prose. The original text is on the left hand pages and a modern day translation is on the right. Therefore, I would suggest reading the original text, and if you're not sure about the meaning, glance at the translation. This would be particularly useful to anyone studying AMND at school. With regards to AMND, the plot should be familiar to most people. There are 4 stories evolving at the same time: Theseus and Hippolyta's marriage, the love affairs of Lysander, Demetrius, Helena and Hermia, the play that the villagers are staging and the quarrelling between the fairies. Throw in some magic, comedy and fascinating characters, and these stories are interwoven into one. A charming play, beautifully written.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not really 17 July 2011
Shakespeare made easy - perhaps.
Shakespeare made interesting and accessible - not really.
Yorknotes or Cliffs Notes are much more convincing!
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