Literature: A Midsummer Night's Dream
posted by Marrion .
i'm studying A Midsummer Night's Dream, and i am a bit confused about the marriage of Theseus and Hippolyta. Please help!
In act 1 scene 1, Theseus said "Hippolyta, i wooed thee with my sword and won thy love doing thee injuries". The modern translation of that would be "Hippolyta, I wooed you with violence, using my sword, and got you to fall in love with me by injuring you." Well that doesn't exactly make sense to me... How is Theseus able to make Hippolyta fall in love with him by hurting and injuring her?? Is Hippolyta forced to marry Theseus? Before the play began, Hippolyta and Theseus were enemies, if i'm not wrong, and they fought each other. So, how did they fall in love with each other, and decide to marry each other at the start of the play?
First of all, here are some websites (the first is my all-time favorite!) that will help you with your Shakespeare assignments:
Click on the title of the play you want, then click on the act and scene. You'll find original Shakespearean language on the left and a modern-day "translation" on the right.
This section looks like several in the very first act and scene of other Shakespearean plays -- it seems to be a type of irony, or even an attempt at chiaroscuro. It's briefly mentioned, and its opposite state is developed from there.
http://www.tnellen.com/cybereng/lit_terms/irony.html (def. #3)
Here are several other really good websites about Shakespeare and his works and his times. Be sure to add ALL THESE to your favorites so you can find them again.