Monday, November 14, 2016

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I want to focus my paper on the role of memory within The Giver and A Midsummer Night's Dream, though I might incorporate another play as well. Both focus on characters whose lives are impacted by memory of the lack thereof, and show interesting reactions as a result. A title could be "The Role of Memory: Memory's Influence on Character Development, Or Lack Thereof." A thesis could be "Due to the influence of love potions and the lack of emotions within these mediums, readers are shown the importance of memory within a civilization. Without memory, individuals are unable to function as expected which leads to a disruption in humanity."

Help would be appreciated with the title and thesis. I really don't write/finalize my thesis until I've written my paper.

Scholarly Sources
Hanson, Carter F. "The Utopian Function of Memory in Lois Lowry's the Giver." Extrapolation (pre-2012), vol. 50, no. 1, 2009., pp. 45-60, 3
This source is from the MLA International Bibliography and discusses the role and power of memory. This will help me to be able to make comparisons between memory’s influence in The Giver and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as both are affected by the alteration of memory, thoughts, or feelings.

Hunt, Maurice. “Individuation in ‘A Midsummer Night's Dream.’” South Central Review, vol. 3, no. 2, 1986, pp. 1–13. <>
This source discusses individuation in the play, with the different roles given to characters. This is in contrast to the sameness that exists in The Giver.

Plumb, Daria. "New Rules for Old Literature: Connecting at-Risk Kids to the Classics "Commando Style"." English Leadership Quarterly, vol. 30, no. 1, 2007., pp. 7-11
This source discusses the importance of finding relatable themes to students today while teaching classic literature. This is useful because it gives me a new way to compare the theme of memory in both sources to help make it more applicable, even today when it does not feel like that. This fits with the plots of both – with memory returning and showing its power in its actions.

Taylor, Michael. “The Darker Purpose of A Midsummer Night's Dream.” Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900, vol. 9, no. 2, 1969, pp. 259–273. <>
This source discusses the darker purpose in the play, the disharmony of human triviality, which in the play is caused by the alteration of feelings and memories. This can make things interesting.

Media Sources
"English Literature Posters: A Midsummer Night's Dream." Pinterest. Day Dream Education, n.d. Web. 14 Nov. 2016.
This gives a good overview of the plot of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This can help with looking at the overarching themes in the play as a comparison to the plot and themes of The Giver.

Kunalay. "Notable Quotes: The Giver." Pinterest. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Nov. 2016.<>
This source is a pin on Pinterest, linking to a list of favorite quotes from The Giver.
This alludes to the importance of caring for others, of having emotions and feelings in life – to feel is what enables love, heartache, pain, and sorrow. These feelings drive both the plots in The Giver and in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

"The Giver." Pinterest. Tumblr, n.d. Web. 14 Nov. 2016. <>
This is also a Pinterest pin.

This describes the role of memories – they are to be shared and not kept to oneself. Jonas shares with Gabe, the Giver, and experiences are shared with others in Midsummer Night’s Dream which influence further events. 


  1. I love this idea! Possible titles: "Give and Take: The Power of a Memory," "A Memory or a Dream?" "Memories, Dreams, and the Power to Influence."

  2. I'm especially intrigued by your source that seeks to make Shakespeare relevant and meaningful to students. What an interesting lens for looking at memory in Shakespeare.

  3. Are you making a comparison claim?

  4. I'm interested in your thesis when you say "due to the influence of love potions or lack of emotions." I'm guessing that you are relating love potions to Midsummer Night and lack of emotions to The Giver. How do these ideas connect? Are they different or do they have the same basic effect on memory, and why?