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Theseus and Hippolyta discuss their wedding and their excitement for their upcoming grand day.
Egeus enters with Hermia , Lysander and Demetrius; he greets the duke and addresses his concerns about his daughter Hermia's marriage and his disapproval of Hermia's feelings towards Lysander. Egeus voices his selfish opinions about why he thinks Hermia should marry Demetrius and if she doesn't she will face severe consequences.
Hermia stands up for her herself and argues against her father and the duke. The two men see this as a defiance of their superiority . This scene shows the patriarchal society women lived in.
All the characters leave except for Lysander and Hermia. They both converse about their plan to run away together and elope.
As Lysander walks out, Helena, Hermia's friend walks in. A discussion develops between Helena and Hermia, Helena expresses her jealousy towards Hermias beauty and the attention she gains from Demetrius. Eventually Hermia discloses her plan to run away with Lysander to Helena.
Hermia exits leaving Helena lost in thought. This scene begins with a soliloquy (monologue) expressing Helena's desire to be with Demetrius and be as fair as Hermia. It is apparent that she is aware that her feelings towards Demetrius are one-sided and that she knows she is making a mistake by obsessing over him, she blames her situation on love and depicts love as reckless, hasty and blind. She decides if she will tell Demetrius of Hermia's plans, hoping that he will be thankful to her.
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