What does Theseus promise Hippolyta? Act I, Scene 1

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huffito1 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I would also add to this section that Theseus makes a promise to tame Hippolyta and turn her into a civilized individual. Theseus and Hippolyta’s relationship should be looked at as a hunter taming a wild beast. The question being asked is can Theseus break the free spirit of Hippolyta once queen of the Amazons? Can a wild spirit ever be truly caged and is Theseus biting off more than he can chew in the process? Look to the fact as well, that their relationship mirrors others in the play. With Oberon, what is he promising his fairy companion and how does go about ensuring that their relationship continues.

ms-t eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Theseus promises Hippolyta a wedding "with pomp, triumph, and revelling". This is in contrast to the way that he won Hippolyta, capturing her in battle and doing her injury.

Theseus: "Hippolyta, I woo'd thee with my sword,/ And won thy love doing thee injuries;/ But I will wed thee in another key,
With pomp, with triumph, and with revelling."

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