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Critical Essay by Philip C. McGuire

SOURCE: "Hippolyta's Silence and the Poet's Pen," in Speechless Dialect: Shakespeare's Open Silences, University of California Press, 1985, pp. 1-18.

[In the following excerpt, noting that Hippolyta speaks

Oberon, Titania, and Puck with Fairies Dancing: watercolor by William Blake, c. 1785-87. Oberon, Titania, and Puck with Fairies Dancing: watercolor by William Blake, c. 1785-87.
relatively few lines in A Midsummer Night's Dream, McGuire examines various interpretations of her silence that are allowed by Shakespeare's text and the implications of these interpretations for the meaning of the play.]

The opening moments of A Midsummer Night's Dream include a silence—Hippolyta's—that has reverberations that, reaching beyond the scene of which it is a wordless yet crucial element, touch upon the issue of how much (and how little) the words Shakespeare penned reveal about the play. The first...

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