English A Midsummer Night’s Dream Act 1

Where does act one, scene one take place? Athens, Theseus’ court
Who is Theseus? Who is Hippolyta? What is going on with them? Theseus is the duke of Athens. Hippolyta is the queen of the Amazons. They are getting married.
How soon is Theseus and Hippolyta’s marriage? What do they say about the wait? Their marriage is in four days, which is the day of the full moon. Theseus wants to marry Hippolyta right away and complains how far away the wedding is while Hippolyta is telling him that the day is not far away.
What does Theseus order Philostrate to do? He orders Philostrate to spread the news about the wedding and get ready for the celebration
How did Theseus “woo” Hippolyta? How are their feelings different now? Theseus won a battle against him and Hippolyta. They saw each other as enemies at first but now love each other.
Who is Egeus? What is his problem? What does he intend to do about his daughter? Egeus is Hermia’s father. He wants his daughter to marry Demetrius. Because she disobeys him, he will try to kill her.
What does Theseus tell Hermia about fathers? That fathers should be treated with respect, that they are gods to their children.
What choice does Theseus give Hermia? How soon does she have to decide? To either marry Demetrius, become a nun, or die. She has four days to decide.
What does Lysander tell Demetrius to do? Since Demetrius loves Egeus so much, they should marry instead so Lysander and Hermia can be together.
Lysander points out what about himself and Demetrius? How are they the same? How are they different? Both have the same rank but Lysander and Hermia are in love. Also, Demetrius is unfaithful.
Theseus’ final word to Hermia is…? He reminds her of her options: to either marry Demetrius, become a nun, or die and has four days to choose.
What does Lysander say to Hermia about true love? The course of love never runs smoothly, Love doesn’t always go the way you want it to
Give all the details of Lysander’s plan for he and Hermia to be together. They will run away to Lysander’s rich widowed aunt that loves her nephew like a son. Since she lives very far from Athens, the law won’t apply to them. Hermia must sneak out of her father’s house at night and meet Lysander in a forest.
Who is Helena? Who does she love? Why does she want to be like Hermia? Helena is Nedar’s daughter. She loves Demetrius and is completely devoted to him. She wants to be like Hermia because she is engaged to him.
How do Hermia and Helena each describe Demetrius? Helena says that the more Demetrius hates her, the more she loves him. Hermia says the more Demetrius loves her, the more she hates him.
Helena’s soliloquy:a. What does she say about love?b. Why is “Love said to be a child?”c. What is her history with Demetrius? a. “Love is like a child.”b. it can be expressed in unusual ways, makes worthless things valuable c. she had an affair with Demetrius and he promised to love her
The “Mechanicals” or the workmen, have met to plan what? To do a play before Theseus and Hippolyta’s wedding. It is a comedy and has the most cruel death of Pyramus and Thisbe.
Look for some malaprops (the mistaken use of a word in place of a similar-sounding one to be amusing) that Bottom uses. – Says “Thisne” instead of “Thisbe”- Ercles is Hercules- Phibbus’ car is Phoebus’ chariot- French disease is syphillis- French-crown color –> gold coin- aggravate –> moderate- will roar like a suckinh dove –> sitting dove, suckinhh lamb – flowers of odius savors sweet –> odius is odorous
What is the name of the play they will perform? How does Quince describe the play when he read the title? The most lamentable comedy and most cruel death of Pyramus and Thisbe.
What are these people’s roles?a. Bottomb. Flutec. Starvelingd. Snoute. Snug a. Pyramus – lover that commits suicide for loveb. Thisbe – love of Pyramus’ lifec. Thisbe’s motherd. Pyramus’s fathere. lion
These characters are strictly for comedy.a. What parts, besides his own, does Bottom volunteer to play?b. Why is Flute unhappy with his part?c. What two things is Snug worried about? a. Thisbe and the lion b. His character is a woman and he is growing a beard.c. The lines and that he might not be able to memorize them.
Where will they meet to rehearse? The duke’s oak tree in the woods.