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Hermia Monologue

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The following passage was spoken by Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She believes that her former friend, Helena, has stolen her love from her. Consider how Hermia is characterized in this passage and how Shakespeare uses various literary devices to create this characterization.

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Megan J (Oct 17 2020 12:32PM) : Hermia is characterized as very insecure. Shown as she is constantly questioning her looks and comparing herself to Helena.
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Kayla G (Oct 19 2020 1:03PM) : !! facts

Puppet? why so? ay, that way goes the game.
Now I perceive that she hath made compare
Between our statures; she hath urged her height;
And with her personage, her tall personage,
Her height, forsooth, she hath prevail'd with him.
And are you grown so high in his esteem;
Because I am so dwarfish and so low?
How low am I, thou painted maypole? speak;
How low am I? I am not yet so low
But that my nails can reach unto thine eyes.

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Megan J (Oct 17 2020 12:33PM) : Repeated use of "?" implying lots of inner thought, questioning, and confusion by Hermia.
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Kayla G (Oct 19 2020 12:59PM) : Repeated use of words relating to tall and short.
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Kayla G (Oct 19 2020 12:59PM) : "Low," "height," "high"
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Kayla G (Oct 19 2020 1:01PM) : This repetition emphasizes Hermia's struggle with Helena stealing her love and puts herself down [Edited]
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Kaelynn S (Oct 20 2020 11:01PM) : Compares her as some beautiful tall person, while she is small and low
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Kaelynn S (Oct 20 2020 11:02PM) : Showing how she finds Helena better than her, and how this stolen love has dropped her confidence
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Ava M (Oct 19 2020 11:24AM) : Automatically assumes Helena is calling her a "puppet" because of her looks and height
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Kayla G (Oct 19 2020 1:01PM) : Refers to this stolen love as a "game" Helena is playing
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Avery P (Oct 19 2020 1:28PM) : The competition for this love is simply a game, in which Helena intends to play dirty. This is revealed in the last line of the passage
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Montana P (Oct 19 2020 6:26PM) : She feels as if she is being played hence "game" and "puppet"
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Megan J (Oct 19 2020 12:48PM) : assumes Helena had compared them
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Avery P (Oct 19 2020 1:26PM) : Hermia believes that Helena has started the conflict between them
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Emily C (Oct 21 2020 7:40AM) : She points fingers at Helena for comparing them, when Hermia is so insecure that she is actually the one who brought it up.
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Kayla G (Oct 19 2020 12:57PM) : Thinks Helena urged an advantage she had over Hermia
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Avery P (Oct 19 2020 1:24PM) : Hermia sees Helena as thinking that she is perfect and better than Hermia
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Gracie W (Oct 20 2020 11:31PM) : personage definition: a person (used to express elevated status) OR a character in a play or work
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Gracie W (Oct 20 2020 11:32PM) : Could be Hermia making fun of what Helena sees as her "status"
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Emily C (Oct 21 2020 7:34AM) : Hermia percieves her as a tall, respectable person making her instantly feel inferior.
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Emily C (Oct 21 2020 7:36AM) : And the only thing she sees in Helena that makes her "worthy" is her height, because she is jealous and insecure about her own.
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Ava M (Oct 19 2020 11:20AM) : Listing all the reasons Helena is better than her. Shows how low her self-confidence is, she feels inferior to her.
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Avery P (Oct 19 2020 1:25PM) : Hermias thinks that her love has chosen Helena because of her high stature and the height of her character, making Hermia super jealous
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Montana P (Oct 19 2020 6:23PM) : She is listing ways in which she sees her as better/more beautiful
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Gracie W (Oct 20 2020 11:35PM) : Going back to the game analogy- Hermia feels as though she lost the competition to Helena
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Megan J (Oct 19 2020 12:50PM) : "You" refers to Helena and "his esteem" is in reference to her (now past) love's attention
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Bradley W (Oct 19 2020 1:05PM) : uses the comparison of heights as how much admiration one has for the former lover
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Montana P (Oct 19 2020 6:27PM) : When speaking of helena she uses high, again having it as a double meaning
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Emily C (Oct 21 2020 7:43AM) : She uses the word high, to show that Helena's height must be the only way she had "Grown so high in his esteem." [Edited]
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Bradley W (Oct 19 2020 12:59PM) : Criticizes herself rather than Helena.
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Katrina L (Oct 19 2020 1:18PM) : Hermia focuses on Helena's height and constantly reinforces it to reflect the worries of an insecure person more

Typically, when we are insecure, we focus on the one thing we dont like about ourselves and how it compares to others. For Hermia, this is her height. This repetition characterizes her as someone who is deeply insecure with low self esteem

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Aaron H (Oct 19 2020 4:23PM) : Hermia's tone is getting more and more angry while shes talking about how people see her
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Montana P (Oct 19 2020 6:24PM) : The use of her height as well as the word low can be seen as having a double meaning as she is talking about her height she adds low, both of which she intends in status and in stature
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Emily C (Oct 21 2020 7:24AM) : Hermia is bluntly pointing out her insecurity and is angry about it.
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Megan J (Oct 17 2020 1:20PM) : The maypole is in reference to the May Day poles people would dance around with ribbons. I believe she's comparing Helena to the Maypole. Meaning she's tall and beautiful and people adore her [Edited]
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Gracie W (Oct 20 2020 11:37PM) : It's almost as if she's truly asking Helena to confirm her insecurities
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Emily C (Oct 21 2020 7:28AM) : Angrily telling Helena to admit that she is better, taller, and more beautiful than Hermia, by telling her to "speak" [Edited]
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Brooke H (Oct 19 2020 10:43AM) : Lots of repetition. This shows her obsession with her self image and questioning why he chose Helena over her
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Avery P (Oct 19 2020 1:22PM) : This is not only meant to be a comment on her physical stature it is also meant to be a homonym that also refers to the status of her character. Hermia is low because her jealousy will cause her to do crude and despicable things.
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Gracie W (Oct 20 2020 11:39PM) : Builds up to her idea of what rock bottom is in this circumstance.
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Brooke H (Oct 19 2020 10:47AM) : She is so jealous she imagines herself hurting Helena, almost manifesting
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Kayla G (Oct 19 2020 1:02PM) : She desires to hurt Helena to show that Helena is no better than her..
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Avery P (Oct 19 2020 1:19PM) : She's so jealous she wants to attack Helena
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Montana P (Oct 19 2020 6:25PM) : This line shows the anger at which she holds towards her

DMU Timestamp: August 14, 2020 20:51

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