Midsummer Nights Dream Act II Questions and Answers

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Midsummer Nights Dream

Act II

  1. a) The first plot consists of the love affairs of four characters: Lysander, Demetrius, Hermia, and Helena. In basic form, Hermia loves Lysander, Lysander loves Hermia, Helena loves Demetrius but he detests her and prefers Hermia. Problem arises when Hermia’s Father chooses Demetrius over Lysander and Hermia is conflicted in either marrying him or being a nun for life. She doesn't favour both options and plots to run away with Lysander together in the forest.         

        b) The second plot focuses on Oberon and Titania, rulers of the fairies, having relationship problems. Titania is handed an Indian boy whom she’s obligated to take care and who she adores while not paying attention to her partner Oberon. Oberon soon plots revenge against Puck, the mischievous boy.

        c) The last of the subplots comprises of a play "Pyramus and Thisbe", being performed by a group of peasants in order to a get grand prize from the nuptial ceremony of Theseus and Hippolyta.  The one that stands out the most is the town’s weaver, Bottom, a man with very high self-esteem, and has the confidence (or so he thinks) that he can play any of the parts.

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     2.        In the beginning, Hermia is shown to be refusing her fathers order, Egeus, upon marrying his chosen man, Demetrius. In response, Egeus goes to the duke for her disobedience in response for death, Theseus whom proposes him a deal if she marries him or become a nun for life. Hermia decides to run away with her lover Lysander, escaping through the forest at night, intending to escape from Athens, and marry in the house of Lysander's aunt. Hermia informs her friend Helena, but Helena has recently been rejected by Demetrius and decides to win back his ...

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