Dec 18 2012

Paragraph on explanation

Mercutio:
“True, I talk of dreams,
Which are the children of an idle brain,
Begot of nothing but vain fantasy,
Which is as thin of substance as the air
And more inconstant than the wind, who wooes
Even now the frozen bosom of the north,
And, being anger’d, puffs away from thence,
Turning his face to the dew-dropping south.”

Shakespeare used many metaphors in his plays, this made them great pieces of writing. In this speech Mercutio is describing dreams and fantasy being the wind.
“More inconsistent than the wind”
“A vain fantasy-thin as the air”
Dreams come and go, but are not solid substances, just like the wind. It’s there but you cannot reach out and grab it.


Dec 18 2012

Metaphor Analysis

Your task is to identify the metaphor present in the following excerpt and then write a paragraph that explains the metaphor and its effect on the meaning of the passage it is embedded in.

MERCUTIO

True, I talk of dreams,
Which are the children of an idle brain,
Begot of nothing but vain fantasy,
Which is as thin of substance as the air
And more inconstant than the wind, who wooes
Even now the frozen bosom of the north,
And, being anger’d, puffs away from thence,
Turning his face to the dew-dropping south.

Feel free to watch the presentation again from this lesson to remind you of how to approach a passage that contains a metaphor:


Dec 17 2012

Choices for assessment

Written: Analytic essay

Spoken: Dramatic monologue

Created: Film a scene from romeo juliet