•What time is it?oMidsummer, after the feast of St. JohnoThe night when young girls find their true lovesoFairies run amuck and mischief is made•The play is set in Athens•We first meet Theseus and Hippolyta (his wife-to-be) on the eve of their wedding•Next, Egeus enters with his daughter Hermia, and Lysander and Demetrius•What are their relationships?oHermia and LysanderoDemetrius and Helena (eventually)•What is the conflict?oEgeus wants Hermia to marry Demetrius, when in fact she is in love with Lysander•What choice does Theseus offer?o"Either to die the death, or to abjure forever the society of men."•Helena and Hermia are friends•What do we learn from Helena's soliloquy?oShe has decided to tell Demetrius that Hermia is running away•Soliloquy - a character alone on stage speaking his or her thoughts aloud•The mechanicals enter next. They are rude probably because they are rough/rural individuals, Bottom stands out and tries to take all the parts. They are planning to do a play at the wedding.
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