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A Midsummer Night's Dream

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Mocking of Mechanicals

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Before the Mechanicals play, Theseus tells Hippolyta,
The kinder we, to give them thanks for nothing.
Our sport shall be to take what they mistake
And what poor duty cannot do, noble respect
Take it in might, not merit.

How do Theseus' actions while the play is being performed balance that statement?

A

Theseus is saying that they need to be kind to those less fortunate than they and enjoy with respect what they are seeing. As the Mechanicals perform, Theseus upholds this philosophy by continuing to offer uplifting and supportive comments about the Mechanicals' performances.

B

Theseus is saying that the nobility has a duty to be kind to those less fortunate and teach them how to be better and rise above their station in life. As the Mechanicals perform, Theseus offers up critiques and helpful suggestions for the actors so that they can perform better.

C

Theseus is saying that they need to be kind to those less fortunate than they and enjoy with respect what they are seeing. As the Mechanicals perform, however, Theseus joins in mocking the actors and their play.

D

Theseus is saying that the nobility should be kind to those lower than they; however, that didn't mean they had to be kind. As the Mechanicals perform, Theseus chooses to have fun with the Mechanicals and openly mock and criticize their performances.

E

Theseus is saying that the nobility has a duty to be kind to those less fortunate and teach them how to be better and rise above their station in life. As the Mechanicals perform, Theseus forgets about teaching them anything and joins in the mocking of the actors and their performances.