Suggested Essay Topics
Act I, Scene 1
1. How does the exposition in Act I, Scene i seem to support Lysander’s statement that, “The course of true love never did run smooth?”
2. Helena tells Hermia, “My ear should catch your voice; my eye your eye….” Considering Hermia’s present relationship and Helena’s past relationship with Demetrius, explain how this exemplifies Shakespeare’s use of the first part of Plautus’ and Terence’s three-part method of writing comedic plays.
3. How does Egeus’ statement (referring to Hermia), “And she is mine, and all my right of her I do estate unto Demetrius,” demonstrate that Shakespeare is using this character to fulfill the role of the opposing father, which is a typical character in the New Comedy of Plautus and Terence?
Act I, Scene 2
1. Quince admonishes Bottom that if he were to have the part of the lion and roar too loudly, he “…would frighten the Duchess and the ladies that they would shriek….” What does this tell us about the Elizabethan view of women? Validate your opinion with clues from the text.
2. In talking about the beard to go with his costume, Bottom says, “…either your straw-color beard, your orange-tawny beard, your purple-in-grain beard, or your French-crown-color beard, your perfit yellow.” In your opinion, and taking hints from his conversations with Quince, just how much experience has Bottom had with acting?
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