A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream Act 1 scene 1

Why is it necessary to hold the wedding between Theseus and Hippolyta in four days? What devices does Shakespeare use to suggest that the mechanicals producion of Pyramys and Thisby is going to be performed badly?


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In four days, the new moon is expected to be out. Quince and the other members of the cast look to be rather inept. Shakespeare treats them largely as clowns full of comedy rather than serious thespians.