In the play, Shakespeare takes Hippolita a few words, but her role is certainly important. She belongs to the tribe of the Amazons, brutal warriors, which explains her independence. As the bride of Theseus, she claims a high position in the Athenian society. Hippolita has her own opinion that she does not hesitate to voice in the presence of men. She frankly does not agree with her husband in the situation with Hermia, showing not so much solidarity, as objectivity in the consideration of the case. She has both power and compassion. Hippolita harmoniously combines the masculine and feminine traits. She is equally interested in hunting and preparing for a wedding. Hippolita acts as a prototype of modern women, who can show both stiffness and mercy. It all depends on the context.

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Hippolyta Quotes

Four days will quickly steep themselves in night; 
Four nights will quickly dream away the time;...

Act I, Scene 1, Line 8

I was with Hercules and Cadmus once, 
When in a wood of Crete they bay'd the bear...

Act IV, Scene 1, Line 1667

'Tis strange my Theseus, that these 
lovers speak of.

Act V, Scene 1, Line 1830

But all the story of the night told over, 
And all their minds transfigured so together,...

Act V, Scene 1, Line 1853

I love not to see wretchedness o'er charged 
And duty in his service perishing.

Act V, Scene 1, Line 1925

He says they can do nothing in this kind.

Act V, Scene 1, Line 1928


Indeed he hath played on his prologue like a child 
on a recorder; a sound, but not in government.

Act V, Scene 1, Line 1965

This is the silliest stuff that ever I heard.

Act V, Scene 1, Line 2055

It must be your imagination then, and not theirs.

Act V, Scene 1, Line 2058

I am aweary of this moon: would he would change!

Act V, Scene 1, Line 2091

Well shone, Moon. Truly, the moon shines with a 
good grace.

Act V, Scene 1, Line 2107

Beshrew my heart, but I pity the man.

Act V, Scene 1, Line 2132

How chance Moonshine is gone before Thisbe comes 
back and finds her lover?

Act V, Scene 1, Line 2157

Methinks she should not use a long one for such a 
Pyramus: I hope she will be brief.

Act V, Scene 1, Line 2162

Hippolyta in the Essays