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Posted May 18, 2008 at 11:37 AM via web

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In "A Midsummer Night's Dream," how does Hippolyta come to be betrothed to Theseus?

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kwoo1213 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted May 18, 2008 at 11:53 AM (Answer #1)

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Theseus has conquered Hippolyta's Amazon nation and has, in essence, "won" her.  Hippolyta, it is argued by some critics, is not extremely happy about her marriage to Theseus because she remains silent through much of Act I.  I can imagine she wouldn't be too happy about having to marry a man who conquered her people: 

They believe that this silence does not reflect Hippolyta's happy acceptance of her marriage to Theseus. Rather, her reticence suggests that she has been coerced into the marriage (remember, she has been taken captive), and that she seems to regard it with resignation and sadness.

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