Queen Mab - Theresa LAI 8N


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A visual representation of the Queen Mab monologue.

Storyboard Text

  • Queen Mab
  • By: Theresa 8N
  • as told by Mercutio
  • This is a storyboard to show some major parts about Queen Mab and how she gives her dreams to some people.
  • Here I analysed the first few sentences of the monologue, where we are introduced with the character called "Queen Mab" and we know that she is a little fairy that comes to people and giving them dreams. This is conveyed in the quotation: "O, then I see Queen Mab hath been with you. She is the fairie's midwife, and she comes/In shape no bigger than an agate stone/On a fore finger of an alderman/Drawn with a team of little atomies/ Over men's noses as they lie asleep;"
  • One of my favourite part in the monologue was the part where she gives different types of dreams to each individual person. In this picture, she is giving a man a dream about love, represented in this quotation: "And in this state she gallops night by night / Through lovers' brains and then they dream of love." 
  • This is the part where Queen Mab travels around houses to people's dreams by using her wagon. Even though this picture is not fully accurately represented, but it shows some features of her wagon. This is represented in these quotes: "Her wagoner, a small grey-coated gnat / Not half so big as a round little worm / Pricked from the lazy finger of a maid / Her chariot is an empty hazelnut / Made by the joiner squirrel or old grub / Time out o' mind the fairies' coachmakers."
  • Further on into the speech, Queen Mab is being described as an angry character: she is being described using strong words. Now, she is giving people bad dreams, conveyed in these quotes: "Which oft the angry Mab with blisters plagues;Because their breaths with sweetmeats tainted are ." Examples of her actions would be:" Tickling a parson's nose as 'a lies asleep, Then dreams he of another benefice. Sometimes she driveth o'er a soldier's neck / And then dreams he of cutting foreign throats..." 
  • Finally, at the end of the monologue, she is described as a 'hag', which normally means a very abnormal, old person. For instance: "This is that very Mab, that plats the mane of horses in the night;And bakes the elflocks in foul sluttish hairs; Which once untangled much misfortune bodes." Queen Mab is a great representation of the story because there are some happy moments contrasting with sad, powerful moments.
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