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Re: Midsummer Questions
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1238  Tuesday, 6 July 1999.

[1]     From:   C. David Frankel <
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        Date:   Monday, 5 Jul 1999 11:04:24 -0400
        Subj:   RE: SHK 10.1232 Midsummer Questions

[2]     From:   Dale Lyles <
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        Date:   Monday, 5 Jul 1999 16:07:42 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.1232 Midsummer Questions

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From:           C. David Frankel <
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Date:           Monday, 5 Jul 1999 11:04:24 -0400
Subject: 10.1232 Midsummer Questions
Comment:        RE: SHK 10.1232 Midsummer Questions

Dramaturgically, of course, Shakespeare needs to get everyone off stage
so that Lysander and Hermia can converse alone.  Within the fictive
world there are several possibilities including that Theseus wants
Hermia and Lysander to be alone so he makes up an excuse to force
Demetrius and Egeus to leave.  Another possibility is that he actually
does have something for Egeus and Demetrius to do in regard to the
wedding, something that will reap them a reward.  Theseus's speech might
also indicate his feeling that everything regarding Hermia is wrapped up
neat and tiddy so he can himself turn to back to "self-affairs."  In
short, I'd suggest that as far as the fictive world goes, the moment is
relatively open; dramaturgically, however, the purpose seems clear.

cdf

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From:           Dale Lyles <
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Date:           Monday, 5 Jul 1999 16:07:42 EDT
Subject: 10.1232 Midsummer Questions
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1232 Midsummer Questions

We played it as Theseus's ever-so-wise attempt to get Demetrius and
Theseus out of the scene and leave the two lovers alone.  Why else would
he leave the girl he's just threatened with death alone with the guy
she's defying her father over?

Dale Lyles
Newnan Community Theatre Company
http://shenandoah.peachnet.edu/nctc
 

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