Tonight, please do not read Act I, scene v.
Please re-read Mercutio’s Queen Mab monologue and respond here. You may want to consider the following:
- How does the monologue begin?
- How does Mercutio describe Queen Mab and her coach?
- What is the tone of the monologue at the outset?
- What dreams does Queen Mab deliver to each of the following:
- courtiers (first and second mentions) — what is a courtier anyway?
- a parson
- a soldier
- Discuss the quality of the dreams:
- How is each dream appropriate to its dreamer?
- Does Queen Mab deliver good dreams, night mares, both? Why?
- How do the dreams change over the course of the monologue?
- How does the monologue end?
- What the final tone of the monologue?
- Overall, why would Shakespeare include this monologue?