Artists Use of Facial Expressions Through Words and Illustrations

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Neil Gaiman's version of A Midsummer Night's Dream from his book The Sandman: Volume 3:

Dream Country is a twisted version of the well known Shakespeare play that includes an audience of

strange creatures, some of which were used in the play. With the help of artist Charles Vess, Gaiman's

version of A Midsummer Night's Dream comes alive through bold colors and imagery and the use of

facial and body expressions that differ among those who are human and those who are not. This paper

will look at the different forms of facial expressions that the artists used both with words and

illustrations: from the somber and diminutive expressions of the humans to the sinister and gleeful

smiles of the strange audience that watches them.

Gaiman's version of A Midsummer Night's Dream involves an array of characters though only

few have a solid dialog. The humans in this version includes a very noticeable character, William

Shakespeare himself, and a few others such as his son and the acting troupe he was with that premiered

his play, A Midsummer Night's Dream. In Gaiman's rendition, Shakespeare takes his actors to premier

A Midsummer Night's Dream to a creature known as the Shaper. The Shaper explains to Titania that he

and William came to an agreement four years ago. Shaper would give something to Shakespeare, which

can be presumed is the ability to write world renown plays and sonnets, and in return, Shakespeare

would write and premier two plays for him (Gaiman, 64). It is understandable, that therefore,

Shakespeare would have such a worried and somber expression on his face. If something were to go

wrong, it would end disastrously.

Most of the acting company does not have lines outside what they recite in...

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...d depicting the expressions that range from human to creature. Though Gaiman's scripts

are fantastic on their own, it is the visual artistry that really ties it in together. From the somber looks of

humans to the amused, hungry looks of the creatures, A Midsummer Night's Dream definitely takes a

little turn from Gaiman's other shorts in The Sandman: Volume 3: Dream Country. A Midsummer

Night's Dream by Neil Gaiman is flawless in the way it incorporates creatures into Shakespeare's life in

and beyond theater and deeply twisted in the way it is done, that shows man will do anything for a little

fame and how much facial expressions change how a person or creature is looked at.

Works Cited

Gaiman, N., Jones, K., Jones, M., Vess, C., & Doran, C. (2010). A Midsummer Night's Dream. The Sandman (Fully recolored ed., pp. 53-77). New York: Vertico/DC Comics.

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