A Midsummer Night’s Dream- Relationship Essay

By Angelina Alexander
March 11, 2019
Mr. Morris
English 9

The Most Essential Part of a Relationship

Statistics show that almost 50% of all married couples get divorced. Despite the high failure rate, people still rush to get married and find a partner, but why? All because, as humans, we crave connection. Whether with one’s mother, best friend, or partner, the reason for relationships comes from a need of shared emotions. The official definition of ‘relations’ is, “a connection between one person and another,” proving connection is not only important, but is the foundation of a relationship. Without an emotion-based bond, relationships have no purpose, meaning, or appeal. In a study done in Minnesota, 55% of divorced couples said growing apart caused their split. This reveals the direct correlation between failed marriages and lack of connection. While loyalty, trust, and communication hold heavy roles in success, without strong feelings, our drive to fight for these traits dissipates. Connection triggers our initial want to maintain and work for these relationships. William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream demonstrates the necessity of connection through four lovers. A main character, Hermia, shows the difference between a connection-less relationship and a passionate one. Her frigid bond with Egeus compared to her intense love with Lysander explores the link between connection and success of relationships.

Lysander and Hermia share an undeniable bond, but their love is forbidden. Theseus, the king, and Hermia’s own father, both express their clear disapproval. Staying together puts them both at danger, with Lysander openly defying a law and Hermia putting her freedom and life on the line. Their entire community stands against them; yet their chemistry still drives them to fight for each other. Hermia’s feelings push her to be loyal, honest, and, most importantly, passionate. Without love, their need to stay committed and together no longer exists. For example, Hermia blatantly “[refuses] to wed Demetrius”, even when it results in leading a comfortable life (1.1.64). She voluntarily adds turmoil to her days simply because she lacks a connection with Demetrius but has one with Lysander. Instead, she runs into the woods with nothing but a vague plan and hope for a future with Lysander- completely deserting her past life. Their love drives them to fight for one another. Without their connection, their relationship would falter, much like Hermia’s to her father, Egeus.

Egeus and Hermia constantly clash heads and show no signs of love towards each other. Their inability to find a connection creates a cold relationship, stripped of any understanding. Egeus and Hermia stand in their beliefs and refuse to try to connect on an emotional or mental level. As a result, their willingness to listen to one another shuts off. They feel no need to to see the other’s point of view. Their non-existent bond impedes any possibility of a positive relationship. Instead of hearing Hermia’s pleads, Egeus runs to authorities to get his way. He throws his beliefs onto her, with closed ears, unwilling to listen. Hermia expresses her wish that her father could understand her perspective. Their lack of connection causes a domino effect onto all aspects of their relationship- and even their want for a relationship. They hold no emotional bond, to the point that Egeus sees Hermia as his to “dispose of (1.1.42).”  Egeus and Hermia reveal that without connection, even when a family bond is present, a relationship simply cannot succeed.

Relationships live within a complex universe with many emotions, values, and essentials- but the base of all these relationships is connections. Our connections remain the sole reason we want relationships to begin with. We fight to keep our bonds strong, and when they fade away, so do our relationships. A man married to his wife for 70 years claimed going on one date night every single week was the key to their marriage. It kept their connection alive which carried them through difficult times. In our hectic universe, it can be difficult to see all events in perspective, to remember the important parts of life. As long as love stands, we can fight to try to keep the puzzle together, we can build the other essentials, and our relationships can grow through connection. William Shakespeare showed us that connection is the beginning, foundation, and key essential in all relationships.

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In-Depth- Beautiful Mind Post #4

Our past two mentor meetings held significance in my learning process. The first out of the two meetings took place with Kate and Nathan. They shot their first film and used me in it, with Elyjah and Ethan acting as helping hands. This required more observing then actively working, however, I still left with a much higher understanding of the filmmaking process. I learnt about being on the other side of the camera (the acting side), so when I am filming, I have a better understanding of how to direct. I learnt about which shots work best in different situations, the equipment and setup necessary, but most importantly, to take the most angles and takes of the same shot. Elyjah said, “the more shots the better. You will always appreciate options when editing.” This stuck with me and I plan to imply this when filming. Before leaving, Ethan and I brought up our want to create our first official film. Elyjah fully supported our drive and told us to come up with a solid idea and outline for the next meeting.

Over the next week, Ethan and I met up on multiple occasions to discuss and plan our film proposal. We developed a concrete plan with the film’s base being inspirational. In our meeting, we spent the entire 70 minutes revising our original plan. Elyjah brought up many new, interesting ideas and we turned a good idea into a great idea. However, we differed in our thoughts for the film. Elyjah brought up an idea into turning the film into a comedy. Although his idea held brilliance and potential, it contradicted the original vision and purpose of the film. After further discussion, we adapted our film but kept the same inspirational base. I asked Elyjah if developing a story-line usually took a lot of time and work. He responded with, “planning the story of the film plays such an important role that spending time is inevitable.” This meeting held great influence and with our script complete, our next step is filming. Overall these past few weeks have pulled me further into a love of film making and my interest is at its peak.

In-Depth- Beautiful Mind Post #2

 

This week’s meeting held particular influence. We covered the different types of conversation shots, eye trace, and angle perception.

Elyjah assigned us a movie to watch and take notes on. This movie is called the Social Network, and its director has very meticulous ways of shooting. The transitions moved flawlessly and not a single shot broke the eye trace rule. I asked Elyjah how to shoot a scene with different angles without making it choppy and taking away from the film; he proceeded to introduce me to eye trace. The eye trace rule essentially means that whichever spot on the screen the scene left you looking at, should be the spot where the next scene focuses on. Here is one example from the social network:

FILM STILL #1                                              FILM STILL #2

As you can see, the first scene ends with our eyes drawn to the left, so in order for the transition to stay smooth, the second scene begins with our eyes still to the left. Another point to observe is that they are both medium shots. Transitions were a big question on my mind as I found non-choppy transitions as one of my biggest obstacles. Elyjah decided to also introduce us to the different types of shots, specifically conversation shots. In a transition, it is a smart idea to start the next scene off with the same type of shot you ended with in the first scene. There are three main shots:

CLOSE SHOT                                     MEDIUM SHOT                                      LONG SHOT

A piece of information that really stuck with me was when Elyjah said to, “think of the camera as a personality.” By this, he means that when filming we must not only look at the technical aspects, but use creative insight to manipulate the angles and evoke feeling from the audience. For example, there are dominant and submissive shots. In an argument, it is especially empowering to face the angle upwards at the person upset and the angle downwards to the person being reprimanded. This creates a power illusion:

DOMINANT SHOT                                                   SUBMISSIVE SHOT

Overall, this week we focused mainly on transitions. I feel my knowledge growing and every step of the way is liberating. I feel as if I got one of the best possible mentors and am excited to further my learning.

A Letter to Theseus

Dear Theseus,

Please, let me marry Hermia. This burning love fuels every step I take, for her I would put my life at stake. My mind cannot think without her by my side, nor can my heart beat without her hand held in mine. Please, let me marry Hermia. Our love stands true and honest. My intentions stay pure, I promise. Through emotion, I shower her with gifts and song. Only Egeus’s love deprived eyes view this as wrong. I beg of you, to imagine a love-less life, to envision the world without your soon to be wife. A measly man stands in the path of true love. This law must no longer live, our society must rise above. Please, let me marry Hermia. Demetrius vies for her affection; her disinterest entices him. A weak man only interested in those he cannot win. Once love reciprocates itself, he scurries away. Abandoning Helena, he left her world dreary and grey. I beg of you, please, let me marry Hermia. Hermia and I hold the ability to run away to my widowed aunt and live a peaceful life. Yet, we stay as honest citizens willing to fight. This law shall no longer have any stance, for age and parental logic is not the key to romance. Please, listen to me, as this is the last time you will see me begging on my knees.

Sincerely,
Lysander

In-Depth- Beautiful Mind Post #1

These past two weeks, my partner, Ethan and I, met many milestones. For starters, we completed our first filming exercise. For this film, our objective mainly covered testing the waters and getting a clear understanding of the process of film making. We decided to opt for a non-narrative film of snowboarding to focus solely on our skills. It took place on Seymour mountain with my sister as the main character/snowboarder. I encountered a few challenges while filming. My sister only holds a certain amount of abilities, so with angles and filming we attempted to keep the film engaging and non-repetitive. This challenge only pushed us to be better. The setting of this film proved to be another challenge. Since our film took place on a snow-covered mountain, keeping the camera safe while filming required attention. The largest challenge had to be my inexperience and lack of knowledge- which is to be expected for a first film. After filming for six straight hours, I acquired enough footage for a two-minute film. The amount of time taken shocked me and while this time imbalance is not ideal, hopefully, as we gain more experience, our filming time will become more concise.

Through this film, our initial focus was angles. As anticipated, getting multiple angles with one camera took time and effort. The amount of time it took to film strongly related to the lack of cameras and crew. We found planning to be the main essential. With lots of research and a detailed outline for the film, we created natural angles. The amount of time dedicated payed off as the angles turned out seamless, as if there were multiple cameras on at the same time.  After filming, our next step was editing.

Editing took time and effort, yet I genuinely enjoyed it. We used the software, Filmora Video Editor, with the background music as Stargazing by Travis Scott. With this film and with my sister’s range of abilities, editing held an essential role in making this film engaging. We focused on putting the clips together with flawless transitions. Our goal aimed to make the transitions and angles smooth without distracting from the video itself. Combing through the footage to find usable clips and editing the film, took much more time than previously anticipated. I dedicated many days to editing and although, it took plenty of time, I found myself enjoying this process immensely. I found a passion in editing and loved every second of it.

My partner, Ethan, was away so I worked with Kate, who is also doing a film-based in-depth, in finding a mentor. We held many discussions with Mr. Udell and Mr. Gilbar, two film teachers at Gleneagle. They are helping to facilitate a mentorship between us and their grade 12 students. Here is email evidence

They found us mentors, Elyjah and Nathan. Ethan and I have Elyjah, while Kate has Nathan, however, we had a joint meeting as we plan to collaborate in the future. In our first meeting with Elyjah and Nathan, I showed them the first film/exercise we made. They gave thoughtful critique, such as using the white balance when filming in a snowy setting. Throughout this meeting, they shocked me through how little I knew about filmography. Despite my awareness in my lack of knowledge, now that I have realized how far I need to go, I can finally take steps to get there. We discussed editing software, our plans/goals, and story line. In the meeting, we brought up our thoughts on creating an effective film. Kate, Ethan, and I believed story line held the most power, while our mentors thought it was the technical aspects. Their perspective came from logic, but through discussion, we came to a consensuses. We agreed that the technical aspects are needed for an effective story line, however, for professionals and skilled filmers, imagination for an impactful story line is essential for success.  By sharing our opinions with understanding and open ears, we found that both skills hold immense importance. Overall, these two weeks held many milestones in our in-depth journey.

ZIP Final Response

ZIP Final Response

  1. What is your inquiry question? What initially drew you to this question? Did your question stay the same, or did it change overtime? Why?

My inquiry question is, “how can visuals enhance or decrease the effectiveness of poetry?” When I first thought of this idea, it seemed like destiny. Poetry and photography both interested me for a long time, and their correlation with one another intrigued me. Two pre-existing passions of mine could enhance one another. Poetry constantly acts as an outlet in my life, but I never received the time to focus and develop poems to their best form. The chance to further this knowledge and passion exhilarated me. Photography constantly enticed me in the past, but, much like poetry, I never got the time necessary to fully focus and harness this skill. This inquiry question had potential to further current passions and reveal different aspects of them. I always perceived poetry solely in an emotional sense and photography in an analytical sense. My main intrigue with this inquiry began with the potential of, when combined, the analytical/research side of poetry and the emotional aspect of photography could begin to reveal itself. With all this knowledge and new perception, my passions had potential to further flourish. My question remained the same the entire journey. I chose an open-ended question with room for interpretation. The question allowed me to fully explore visuals and literature yet provided a path to follow. My inquiry required no change as I truly believe, I picked the perfect question.

  1. What skills have you expanded on / learned during the inquiry process? How are these skills applicable to your success as a student?

I not only expanded on my photography and poetry skills, my emotional awareness, hard work, and leadership abilities grew. Through this project, I learnt to be vulnerable in the open. Sharing your poetry with the world is daunting as it’s a piece of your soul on paper. Despite the intimidating part, it taught me to trust those around me in being vulnerable. This project was truly independent, and I had to direct myself and follow my deadlines. In all honesty, ZIP brought out the peak of my autonomy. I learnt to dedicate myself fully to a project and follow through, a quality that will be necessary for the next few months of TALONS. I also expanded on my leadership abilities, a trait also necessary in TALONS. Directing my models and telling them to go to certain positions required a friendly type of authority yet I handled it naturally. I surprised myself with how naturally it came to me. Stepping outside my comfort zone, not only expanded current skills, it showed me skills I didn’t realize I had.

  1. What did you learn about / what is your answer to this inquiry question? Remember to be specific and provide direct evidence from your research.

I learnt the power of visuals when combined with poetry. Visuals and literature target different areas of the brain, and when combined, the poetry springs to life. For example, take movies. Movies are literature brought together by visuals. My booklet is much like a still movie. Through my inquiry question, I discovered how much emotional value a picture can carry. At first my poems were impactful, but I wanted to take them a step further. As soon as I added a photo, I not only felt the poem, I saw it. The poems enhanced certain aspects of the photos while the photos enhanced certain aspects of the poem. Through my research, I reaffirmed my current beliefs.

  1. In what ways does your final learning artefact demonstrate your learning / answer to your inquiry question?How does it connect to your chosen curricular competencies? Consider listing your competencies and including images, links, or excerpts from your work to demonstrate this.

I chose to do a poetry and photography book as my final learning artifact. For each poem the book holds, a picture(s) is matched. The picture and poem correlate with one another and enhance the overall message. My inquiry question, “how can visuals enhance or decrease the effectiveness of poetry,” exactly portrays the purpose of my book. My book, Naked Reality, answers my inquiry perfectly as it forces me to explore the question with a hands-on learning method. Learning from experience motivates and drills information into my brain compared to sole research. My learning artifact hones into all my chosen curricular competencies: construct meaningful personal connections between self, text, and world, respond to text in personal, creative, and critical ways, and think critically, creatively, and reflectively to explore ideas within, between, and beyond texts. This perfectly correlates with my artifact as the emotional value of poetry and photography forced me to create meaningful personal connections, the deepness of my poetry and photography forced me to delve into my emotions and think reflectively and creatively, I thought critically when planning the photograph for each picture, and responded to the text in personal, creative, and critical ways through the poems and photograph’s emotional and aesthetic value. The editing of the poems and the planning of the photos took a more analytical and critical approach, while the writing of the poems and the brainstorming of the photos took a more creative and personal approach. For example, here is editing and planning for a poem which demonstrates critical thinking, as well as the photograph and poem base which demonstrates creativity:

the chains of their mild flirtation
held her eccentricity captive
they stole eighteen months
547 sleepless nights
bags under her eyes,
she mustered all her energy
and yanked free from their shallow restraints

PHOTOGRAPHY PLANS:
female dressed in ‘grunge-like’ clothing, potentially distressed denim/flannel with grey sweater
hands held onto and pushing against fence, perceiving as trapped and trying to get out
focus on hands and fence, have other background blurred out
yellow-ish tones, lower saturation, higher contrast, slightly lower brightness, sharper focus
lens aperture= f/ 4 – f/ 5.6
further research on creating yellow tones in pictures

5. What resources did you find useful during your inquiry and why were they useful? (Cite at least four resources you consulted, with links, and write a brief 50-100 response as to was important to your learning).

“Photography and Poetry.” The Photographers’ Gallery, 24 Oct. 2018, thephotographersgallery.org.uk/viewpoints/poetry-and-photography-0.

This site revealed a more professional side of poetry and photography. It gave insight into their correlation as well as specific details to mastering these skills. The information clearly explained the process to effective poems and photographs. It maintained a professional and helpful point of view. I appreciated this as most sites showed me creative and emotional aspects.

“Poetry Foundation.” Poetry Foundation, Poetry Foundation, http://www.poetryfoundation.org/.

This site provided help on the inspirational aspect. I received the opportunity to study different author’s word choices, techniques, and sentence structures. This site provided thousands of different poems with different authors and perspectives. All the poems had different tones and styles which proved to be extremely helpful compared to one sole book.

“11 Tips for Beginner Photographers.” Digital Photography School, Digital Photography School, 13 Sept. 2011, digital-photography-school.com/11-tips-for-beginner-photographers/.

I came into this project with little camera experience. As an amateur photographer, it allowed me to see the different controls needed to create a good picture. This site, and specifically article, showed direct and simple information while still being thorough. The digital photography school site opened my eyes to different functions of the camera in a helpful, beginner manner. Out of the many photography sites I studied, this one awarded the most consistently understandable information.

“20 Best Tips for Poets.” WritersDigest.com, 20 Dec. 2016, http://www.writersdigest.com/whats-new/20-best-tips-poets.

This helped me as it provided me simple, straightforward advice to writing poetry. As I didn’t have to scroll through long paragraphs it made everything direct and easily accessible. I appreciated this as it was easy, straightforward, and helpful. Continually looking upon poetry in a creative manner, this site provided straightforward, direct tips. Not having to scroll through long paragraphs for key points made this site easily accessible and helpful. Writer’s digest maintains a reputation as a reliable source. This article fully passed the CRAP test and answered majority of my questions. Overall, this site deserves five stars out of five.

  1. What new questions do you have about your inquiry? What motivates you or excites you about these questions?

“Why is it so rare to see integration of photography and poetry when they hold such potential when combined?”

This question interests me as throughout this inquiry I’ve learnt the wondrous abilities between poetry and photography collaboration. This new insight makes me curious as to why this connection hasn’t been further explored throughout the world.

“Can photography be integrated into descriptive writing?”

This question excites me as I’ve explored poetry’s correlation. I feel as if it may be difficult to photograph creative writing as it is often more descriptive, however, I believe taking on that challenge might be interesting and engaging. Especially, now with better photography abilities.

 

ZIP #4

Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give yourself at the start of your inquiry?

My knowledge, particularly of photography, has increased immensely. Every poem sets a different needed tone for the photograph- some rustic/vintage, some saturated, some vivid, and some with a dull colour scheme. I took all my photos with the same settings, yet their ineffectiveness frustrated me. After tons of research, I learnt that in order to get the photographs to portray my intended vision, I needed to change the shutter speed, lens aperture, ISO, and many other functions. Learning my way around these took time and research, however it immensely improved the photo quality. If I could award my past self with one piece of advice, it would be to focus on the camera’s different functions earlier on in the research, instead of focusing solely on its correlation with poetry. Despite the bumps in the road, my knowledge is expanding and the picture quality improved.