Midsummers Night Dream Essay

Adam Crespi, March 8th

Effort In Relationships 


If you are dealt a bad hand while playing cards, do you complain and curse the world or do you try to make the best of your situation? When faced with an obstacle in any aspect of your life is it best to give up or to push through struggles? Are you willing to put in the work to make a relationship work and to make the other person happy, or are you more likely to bail at the first hiccup? In William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream there are many different relationships, not all of which run smoothly. By investigating the relationships that Oberon has with both Puck and Titania, we see that putting in effort to understand and work with your partner can really make the difference between a healthy and unhealthy relationship.

Oberon’s relationship with his servant Puck is a prime example of how putting in the effort pays off for everyone. Puck lives to “jest to Oberon to make him smile” and will put in endless effort to make Oberon happy (2.1, 44). When asked to find an extremely rare flower, Puck does not hesitate and puts “a girdle round the earth in forty minutes” (2.1, 175-6). Puck will do anything to please Oberon and keep their relationship healthy. Even though he is doing most of the work, Puck is content as well. Working with the fairy king, Puck has countless opportunities for fun and mischievous doings he would never have had otherwise. How else would he be able to watch the fairy queen be “enamoured by an ass” (4.1, 75)? From Puck and Oberon’s relationship we can clearly see how making an effort positively affects both participants. Puck wants Oberon to be happy and a happy relationship is the strongest of them all.

In contrast, Oberon’s relationship with his wife Titania is a great example of what happens when the effort isn’t made to understand the other person and take care of their happiness. In William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Oberon and Titania disagree over what to do about a small changeling boy whose mother has passed away. Rather than seeking to understand his wife’s desire to keep the child and honour her choice, Oberon becomes angry that he cannot have the boy as a henchman and seeks to “torment thee (Titania) for this injury” (2.1, 47). Instead of letting Titania keep the boy she plans to rear and “not part with”(2.1, 137), Oberon decides that his own desire to have a henchman is more important. He later mortifies Titania out of spite by manipulating her into sleeping with an ass. Oberon’s selfishness is an obvious sign of an unhealthy relationship. Rather than putting in any effort to work with Titania, Oberon blows off her opinion as unimportant and says “Why should Titania cross her Oberon?” thinking only of himself (2.1, 119). He puts no effort into even thinking of why the changeling boy could be special to Titania. Oberon doesn’t care and out of pure selfishness decides that Titania must be punished for following through with a promise. The relationship between Oberon and Titania is the opposite of a caring one where participants just want the other person to be happy.

By comparing these two relationships in William Shakespeare’s a Midsummer’s Nights Dream we can observe how important it is to put in your best effort. From Oberon’s relationships with Puck and Titania, we see how effort can create an amazing relationship that benefits both people, or a lack of effort can cause isolation and toxicity. Even if it may not have immediate payoff, effort strengthens every kind of bond in a relationship. When Puck travels the world for a single flower he doesn’t get immediately rewarded. His reward comes later as laughter and fun with Oberon. When you run into an obstacle in your life, you fight through it to get the better hand. Just like Puck and Oberon do so well, find a relationship where you both put in effort to make eachother happy.



Indepth Post #5


Post #4

March 11th

In depth just keeps going! Since the last post I have had two more meetings with my mentor, Ivan Bowers, around Burrard Inlet. Every meeting I have, my In depth just gets more and more fun. In the beginning Ivan was slightly intimidating and I was really nervous ,which slightly hindered my ability to learn. I think Ivan was also slightly nervous as it is his first time mentoring anybody for photography.

Now, I am becoming more comfortable learning from him and he has become an incredible teacher. Last week we focused mostly on gear and I had an amazing time oohing and aahing over all of his gadgets and expensive lenses. This week we finally had a chance to do some shooting together. We walked all around the shoreline trail taking photos of anything interesting.

One new skill that I have been learning and practicing is a technique called back-focusing. Back focusing makes use of the AEL/AEF button to lock and hold focus on a subject allowing you to take multiple shots without having to refocus. Back Focusing is a fairly easy technique to learn and after practicing for a week I’ve wasted far less time getting the perfect focus over and over again.

From the past two meetings I have also taken notes of things I would have never found myself. One super beneficial resource is a mobile application called PhotoPills that acts as the ultimate photography guide. It has a large array of tools ranging from moon phases, golden hour times and sun paths to an augmented reality milky way that lets you find out where the best starts will be ahead of time by using your phone’s camera. Ivan showed me the application on his phone and I hope to buy it for myself.


On the topic of a Beautiful Mind I applied this weeks concepts fluently, specifically perception and the point of view of my mentor Ivan specifically. Photography is a hobby that really changes individual to individual. Different people like different ways of taking photos and they implement different techniques. Because of this, Ivan has a few perceptions and ideas of what photography is, that differ from other peoples. For example, upgrading my camera body rather than buying more other gadgets. Another example is Ivan’s opinion on the lighting midday. All of our sessions have been around the afternoon and Ivan has very strong feelings towards ‘boring’ lighting. Here is a compilation of his comments regarding the midday light.


“This is a really good spot for when it’s actually pretty out”

“The blue sky is just so boring”

“The sky has no texture”

Some photographers are happy with whatever lighting they have and would have been content with a beautiful sunny day, but not Ivan. I feel like I already share the quality of always wanting better with Ivan. For hobbies and especially photography, this can be beneficial for always working to improve yourself and your skills.

I can’t wait to continue meeting with Ivan every Sunday!



I also found a solution for my cold hands problem!


Thank the world for knitting!

Indepth Post #3

February 19th

My Indepth project is currently doing amazing! I have been taking time 1-2 times a week to go out and take photos. I went out for a few sunsets and pretty much just experimented with the skills I have learned so far. The most memorable shoot from the past two weeks was at a friends house, where we had a fire in the backyard. I did some research beforehand and it was amazing having the chance to apply the techniques I learned directly afterwards. Here is one of my favourite shots,


One of the resources I used: https://digital-photography-school.com/playing-with-fire-how-to-photograph-fire/


For this meeting Ivan and I decided to conduct our meeting along with the PDPC club meeting. This was my first time formally meeting with the club and it fantastic meeting so many other people who are also so passionate about photography. We arrived 30 minutes before the meeting began and I was introduced to many of the PDPC club members.


The meeting that night was with the amazing guest photographer, Adam Gibbs. Adam Gibbs is a world renowned landscape photographer who was giving a presentation showcasing his photos and talking about how he took them. Unbelievably lucky to me, the presentation he decided to give was on light in landscape photography.

Adam showcased many of award winning photographs and discussed the backstory behind them. In photography the story behind stunning photographs is my favourite part. An amazing shot becomes even more powerful for me when the photographer hiked 10 km at 5am to take it!


You can find him on YouTube by the link below:



I decided not to record this meeting as it was a more public event with many people talking. It would have been excessive to ask for everyone’s permission. However I did take the time to jog some mental notes down relating to ‘a Beautiful Mind’. One part of our conversation fit well with this weeks concepts of continuing conversation and asking for clarification.

I told Ivan my ideas for gear purchases I planned to make. (another lens, possibly a neutral density filter)

Ivan (in summary) : Why? Do you need it? You need to master the current gear you have  before you get more toys.

Adam : that makes sense. I still haven’t figured out everything I can with my camera at all..

Ivan : My point exactly. Buying more will simply make it harder for you going into the future.

Adam : So I should wait? For how long?

Ivan : Until you have mastered your current camera. It is just pointless buying more at the moment. I do have these accessories already. At our next meeting you may borrow them.

Adam : I guess there is no point in me buying them at all then. I look forward to that.


Before and after the meeting Ivan and I discussed the future of my inquiry. We are planning to go on many sunrise and sunset shoots around here and possibly further away from Vancouver’s light pollution. Me and Ivan have exchanged phone numbers and our future planning will be done through text.


Hopefully getting up at 4am to shoot some sunrises will be worth it!

Helena Letter to Theseus

Dear Theseus the Great,


Hello gracious lord Theseus, Duke of Athens. I am honored to have the chance to write you. I come into your inbox today to discuss vile Demetrius and his plans to run the great Hermia’s life. Demetrius may be a rich man, but he is not a worthy man. His deeds are powered by lust rather than love and Hermia does not love thy. Hermia loves Lysander and to disobey this is to disobey the will of the gods. They have been hit by Cupit’s arrow just as you and Hippolyta, to take this away would be as taking away your Hippolyta.


As her friend, I simply want to see Hermia as a happy married woman. To make Hermia happy is to allow her to marry Lysander.


Thank you for your time,




InDepth Post #2

Post #2

February 3rd


I have been working hard at my in depth project and although there have been a few setbacks, everything has been going well. Last Sunday I had my first meeting with Ivan Bowers, my mentor in photography this year. After emailing back and forth we set a date and followed through. We met for sunset at Old Orchard park and after some quick introductions we started taking photos. For our first time, Ivan simply wanted to gauge my skills. It was a very relaxing time for me, even with the constant criticisms and I learned way more than I was expecting to. Ivan really is an amazing photographer! One specific thing that I struggled with was choosing what to set the aperture and shutter speed for ‘regular’ photos. I have watched online tutorials explaining the settings for night photography and action shooting but I could not figure it out online. Ivan had the ability to look at a scene and adjust his shutter speed and aperture to take the perfect photo first try. I hope to possess this skill someday too. Our outing lasted an hour before the sun set but I can’t wait to get out with him again!


I have also given Ivan the information to acquire a criminal record check and he will have hopefully gotten one before our next meeting.


A gallery of Ivan’s photos



I also obtained permission to record our conversations, which I did with my phone. Here are some parts of them that reflect a Beautiful Mind, chapters 1 and 3. I was unable to find any situation where I did disagree with him. This is partly because I am new to the hobby and lack past knowledge.


Ivan = I

Adam = A



*Adam shooting a boardwalk scene*

I = Just me being nitpicky but make sure to support your lens

*Adam places other hand under lens

I = Yea just like that

*Ivan shows on his camera

I = holding it just keeps less pressure on the mount joints

A = Ah okay, so it’ll …. Keep my camera in better shape

I = Slightly yes



I = I’m just going to set this to A (aperture priority mode)

A = why not shutter priority? Don’t they both accomplish the same thing?


I = Not exactly — you can use aperture priority and shutter priority for different things. Like aperture priority let’s you create depth of field. They both keep the lighting the same but change other parts.


A = and you can use shutter priority for maybe like action stuff?


I = sure


On my own I have also been working hard in research and experimentation. I have been reading articles and watching videos about photography, particularly long exposure. Currently this is the most interesting part of photography to me and I love playing with it.





A few times this week I have walked around my neighborhood at night to work in low light situations. Around here this has been a challenge as it gets really cold and I struggle to take photos with regular gloves. I am working to solve this problem. Possibly with finger less gloves!


Here is one of the best long exposure photos that has came out of my photography walks! It took many tries get everything looking correct but I think it came out pretty good.

I can’t wait for my next meeting!


ZIP Final Blog Post

Adam Crespi ZIP Blog Post #5

  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?

How do authors portray mood and cast emotion onto readers through their works?

My original inquiry question is shown above and I have been extremely happy with it. In the beginning I chose it as I believed it would be a great way to integrate my ZIP into my In-depth. My In-depth project is photography and my question gave me freedom to experiment with written and visual pieces in my learning.

Throughout the inquiry my question has stayed largely the same. With the original formatting of the question, I gave myself freedom to change my presentation throughout in order to better show my learning. My original thought was to simply have photos but I have since expanded to show text which aids in answering my inquiry question.


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

As ZIP is the first large totally independent inquiry project in TALONS, I have developed many management skills that will be applicable to future projects. I have learned time management and research strategies, all incredibly useful for my future success as a student.

A specific skill that ZIP helped me hone was my goal setting. I was able to clearly figure out all of my goals from the beginning, making the rest of the project far easier. Going into the future goal setting will help me immensely. Having a clear picture of the final goal and knowing the steps you need to take removes any confusion on what you need to do next. This will be valuable for all future projects I undergo as a student or leader.


  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.

The answer to my inquiry question is not simple but can be condensed down to 6 main aspects. Authors portray mood in their works through combinations of :


Using blends of different colours to connect with readers interpretation of the colours meaning. The colours meaning is generally determined by society and the individuals culture. For many colours this stays the same but it can vary across the world. For example in Western cultures white is seen as a symbol of purity or innocence while in many European it is seen as a sign of mourning. (https://www.verywellmind.com/color-psychology-2795824)


Authors can use light in their works to either amplify or reduce the mood already induced. A brighter day will make a happy photo happier while a darker day will make a happy photo less happy.


In written and visual works authors can use texture to enrich familiarity with the reader. Describing how something feels can directly connect with a reader who has felt or seen the same before.


Manipulating diction in writing can be an effective tool to create mood. Diction gives the author ability to paint the story in specific colours and these colours can be used to emphasize a mood or feeling towards a subject. If an author is feeling sad towards a subject, chances are this will come out in their writing.


Creating an easy to visualize setting for the reader is a reliable way to create mood in texts. When the reader feels as if they are or could be in that place, it creates an immediate connection that allows you to create more emotion through relatability. A specific atmosphere can be built this way with accurate description of “where your story is set and how each scene looks, smells and sounds” (nownovel.com).



Description and descriptive words is the greatest tool authors have at their disposal to create mood in their works. Using powerful words can create dynamic visualizations and can have a compelling effect on how the reader feels. Description can also be manipulated by the author to focus on certain parts of a setting. A good example given by writersrelief.com. “you can focus the narrative on a shattered porcelain baby doll on the sidewalk rather than the blue sky above”. Using this technique we can describe any setting in a way that portrays the mood we desire.


Although all of these concepts are different, they all focus on creating an image that the reader can relate to and understand. In summarization, authors portray mood and create emotion in their works by generating engaging and understandable texts. If a reader can visualize struggling to work on a project at 2am then they will feel all the emotions that come along with it.


  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.

As originally planned, I hope to portray 3-4 different moods through the format of photos and descriptive paragraphs. These mediums will not only be a representation of what I have learned but also a measurement of how I am able to apply skills I have developed. I will be applying the skills I have researched about the development of mood in photography and writing. I will be displaying how authors portray mood by portraying mood in my own works.


My chosen curricular competencies are as listed :

Transform ideas and information to create original texts

Explain how literary elements, techniques and devices enhance and shape meaning


Recognize and appreciate how different features, forms, and genres of texts reflect different purposes, audiences, and messages


My final show of learning incorporates all of these. The final product is a combination of ideas I have researched, made into an original showcase of how mood is implemented. Through my presentation I will also visually and verbally explain the purpose of mood as well as how it enriches the consumption of texts. The last competency I will be representing, is how mood can add an emotional purpose or message in texts and how it can reflect powerful messages on audiences. This is the most important one as it reflects the overall purpose of mood, which is producing feeling.

Some examples include how I included the techniques I have researched into my writing and photography.

In my writing a large part of my research focused on descriptive writing. My first paragraph provides a good example of how I applied my learning.


An illuminated sky casts the reflection of a raging fire into the endless expanse of water.

For my photography my last photo portraying the mood of gloomy is my favourite. The quality of the photo may not be amazing but it applies every concept I have learned. Harsh contrast to amplify mood, dark emotionless colours to portray gloominess,  and I feel as the composition of street lights creates a texture relatable to the reader.


  1. 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).

Resource #1 =


One resource that has been very useful to me for this project has been writersrelief.com, on the article about mood in writing. This article was helpful to me as it briefly explained many aspects of my project. The article went over description, tone and word choice, all essential to my inquiry. This got me quickly started on my project.



Resource #2 = https://www.nownovel.com/blog/how-to-create-the-mood-of-your-novel/

Nownovel.com ended up being an extremely useful resource for me on the written side  of creating mood. The article goes into depth on the implementation of mood and provides numerous other resources and links that aided my research. My favourite part of this article was all of the examples given from famous authors such as Charles Dickens. Seeing how experts created mood gave me a target piece of writing to aim for.


Resource #3 = https://www.kempsarchitecturallighting.com/news/2017/how-does-lighting-affect-our-mood

Kempsarchetecturallighting.com was an important resource for my research on the photography side. The article outlines how light affects mood and acted as a great stepping stone for my research into colour psychology .

Resource #4 =


Picturecorrect.com was a valuable resource for me in my research. The article outlined the implementation of many moods through photography and touched on how mood does change on a person to person basis. I also enjoyed this article as it gave many good tips that were helpful in taking photos with emotional aspects.

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

Throughout my inquiry I ended up asking more questions that guided me to a different final result than I was expecting. A large one of these was based around on why mood was actually important. The importance of mood is something I’ve always been told but I never really understood the real value of connection that mood provides. If you can manipulate mood you can manipulate how you want your reader to feel.

Another question that helped guide me to my final project was the connection between mood and individuals. In the beginning I assumed that most colour psychology applied equally to everyone but I quickly realized the variation between people groups. Different cultures have vastly different interpretations of colour. A question that came out of these thoughts was : How do values develop differently and vary between cultures?



In-depth 2019 Introductory Post

For my Indepth project this year, I have chosen to focus on photography, specifically light manipulation. With my DSLR camera I hope to become adept at using shutter speed, aperture and ISO to create images with excellent and/or creative lighting. Light is applicable to all types of photography and is an essential skill for delving further into this hobby. For this project I hope to experiment with photos of sunrises, sunsets, fire, incandescent light, fluorescent light and maybe even some blacklight. For my project I am also hoping to purchase cheap studio lighting and gels in order to give myself a playground for learning. Having a consistent set up with the ability to manipulate colour and light tones will allow me to be far more creative. In my learning I am hoping to be mentored by a member of the PDPC, which is a local photography club.


By the end of this project I hope to not only be much improved at the manipulation of light but at photography in general. Throughout my project I will be keeping every photo taken and in the end I will take time to reflect upon my improvements and what still needs to be improved upon. For my final presentation at In-Depth night I will be showcasing my photos with a slideshow organized to different kinds of light and colour.


I can’t wait to get out, learn, and take more photos!