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A Midsummer Night - Questions & Answers Act 1

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Introduction

A Midsummer Night's Dream By William Shakespeare Act One 1. The story takes place in Athens and nearby woods during the age of myth in ancient Greece and Combines elements of Ancient Greece with elements of Renaissance England. The line 165, ?And in the wood, a league without the town,? (I, i, 9) and line 247, ?Then to the wood will he tomorrow night? (I, i, 12) describe this. Athens is described in line 227, ?Through Athens I am thought as fair as she.? (I, i, 12). However, the play has the atmosphere and the mood that one can perceive the place to be anywhere. In Elizabethan England, Midsummer Day was the feast of Saint John the Baptist and it fell on June 24 where it was the time of feasting and merriment. ...read more.

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3. Helena speaks with rhymes, so that we the readers can understand the way the way her character feels. For example, lovers in Shakespeare?s time normally spoke in rhyming couplets (two lines of verse that form a unit alone or as part of a poem)[2]. This can be taken in account for because Helena is committed in her original passions: she loves Demetrius, and by understanding he character we can also come to the conclusion that this is unchanging. 1. THESEUS - Duke of Athens, engaged to Hippolyta. HIPPOLYTA - The legendary queen of the Amazons, engaged to Theseus. EGEUS - Hermia?s father, who brings a complaint against his daughter to Theseus: Egeus has given Demetrius permission to marry Hermia, but Hermia, in love with Lysander, refuses to marry Demetrius.[3] HERMIA - Strong-willed young woman in love with Lysander. ...read more.

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The fact that Hermia disagrees makes Egeus even more resolute. Egeus brings Hermia to Theseus because he was a king like figure, known to be wise and therefore, settle the debate. Initially, Egeus expected Theseus to kill Hermia because she refused to marry Demetrius however; Theseus reduces the penalty for disobedience from death to life as a nun. 6 1. * Nuptial - relating to marriage or weddings 1. Merriments - fun and enjoyment marked by noise and laughter 1. Pert - bold and lively in a pleasant or amusing way 1. Pomp - a display of great splendor and magnificence 2. * Nosegay - a bunch of odorous and showy flowers; a bouquet; a posy. 3. Midsummer Nights Dream Theseus (Duke) Hippolyta (Queen of the Amazons) Egeus (father) Hermia Demetrius Lysander Helena Engaged Love Square ________________ [1] http://www.william-shakespeare.info/shakespeare-play-a-midsummer-nights-dream.htm [2] Microsoft Word dictionary [3] http://www.sparknotes.com/shakespeare/msnd/characters.html [4] http://www.cummingsstudyguides.net/xMidsummer.html#Settings [5] http://www.sparknotes.com/shakespeare/msnd/characters.html ...read more.

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