Act I, Scene 1: Summary and Analysis

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Theseus: duke of Athens; engaged to Hippolyta

Hippolyta: engaged to Theseus

Egeus: Hermia’s father who insists upon his paternal right to choose her husband

Lysander: the youth in love with Hermia

Demetrius: the man chosen by Egeus for his daughter, Hermia, to marry despite her love for Lysander

Hermia: a young woman in love with Lysander but ordered by her father to marry Demetrius

Helena: Hermia’s friend from childhood who is in love with Demetrius

Philostrate: the master of the revel (celebration for Theseus and Hippolyta’s wedding)

As Theseus awaits his wedding day, Egeus brings...

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