Who is flute in midsummer nights dream

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Character profile for Francis Flute from A Midsummer Nights Dream (page 1)

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Demarre McGill and Kaori Fujii: Scherzo from A Midsummer Night's Dream by F. Mendelssohn

Francis Flute

Speak, what trade art thou? Quite an honour, then. The story is the source of the Italian novella from which Shakespeare adapted Romeo and Juliet : as in that play, everyone ends up dead. Or perhaps that is exactly what he meant because that is precisely what it is. Maybe neither Bottom nor Quince nor their colleagues are altogether certain of the meaning of the words they utter: language for them, as for Dogberry and the members of the Watch in Much Ado About Nothing , has a life of its own. Unless watched carefully words can find you aggravating your voice when in fact you want to roar like a dove, and have you rehearse obscenely when, really, decorum is your aim. A medieval miniature depicting the tragic death of the lovers Pyramus and Thisbe.

He is forced to play the female role of Thisbe in " Pyramus and Thisbe ", a play-within-the-play which is performed for Theseus ' marriage celebration. Flute is a young, excited actor who is disappointed when he finds he is meant to play a woman Thisbe in their interlude before the duke and the duchess. Flute is often portrayed as the lowest in status of the Mechanicals, but his performance at the wedding of Theseus and Hippolyta arguably wins them favour at the court of the duke and duchess. Flute's name, like that of the other mechanicals, is metonymical and derives from his craft: "Flute" references a church organ , an instrument prominently featuring the bellows a bellows-mender might be called upon to repair. On the Elizabethan stage, the role of Flute and the other Mechanicals was intended to be doubled with Titania's four fairy escorts: Moth also spelled Mote , Mustardseed, Cobweb, and Peaseblossom.

He is a carpenter by trade, and the director of the play, Pyramus and Thisbe. He leads his gang of actors, mostly with gentlemanly patience… until Puck plays a magic trick on Bottom. When Puck transforms Bottom, Quince tries to explain:. Puck makes him even more ridiculous by giving him the head of an ass. Under a spell, the Queen of the Fairies falls in love with him.

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His part is often considered one of the more humorous in the play, as he uses a lantern in a failed attempt to portray Moonshine and is wittily derided by his audience. Peter Quince decides to entertain her and hires a group of actors nicknamed the Rude Mechanicals to perform Pyramus and Thisbe , a love story. Robin is one of the Rude Mechanicals , the tailor, who gathers with his colleagues to prepare their production. Robin at first is told to play the part of Thisbe's mother, but Peter Quince points out that a love story needs moonlight shining on the lovers to have any real effect on the audience. After Nick Bottom suggests looking in the almanac for a time when the Moon might shine on their performance, the players apparently decide that they will just have Robin act as Moonshine.




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