To analyze intent of scriptwriter and efficacy of technique.
Watch the monologue and respond to the prompt below. Your reflection should be thoughtful and thorough, providing specific reasons. The length should be about a paragraph.
If we shadows have offended, Think but this and all is mended,
That you have but slumber'd here
While these visions did appear.
And this weak and idle theme,
No more yielding but a dream,
Gentles, do not reprehend:
If you pardon, we will mend.
And, as I am an honest Puck,
If we have unearnéd luck
Now to 'scape the serpent's tongue,
We will make amends ere long;
Else the Puck a liar call:
So, good night unto you all.
Give me your hands, if we be friends,
And Robin shall restore amends. [Exit.
- --William Shakespeare
A Midsummer Night's Dream, Act V, Scene 1
RESPOND TO PROMPT:
Shakespeare ends his play with a monologue by Robin Goodfellow. Why do you think Shakespeare decided to end this way? What message was Robin communicating? Why do you think Shakespeare used him, out of all the characters in the play, to convey this message?