A Midsummer 's Night Dream Essays

1767 Words Mar 16th, 2016 8 Pages
In the play, A Midsummer 's Night Dream, the audience is introduced to three, young, beautiful women known as Hermia, Helena, and Titania. Each of these women have different qualities that make up who they are as a character. Hermia portrays herself as strong - willed and independent. Helena however, presents herself as feeble yet persistent. Titania depicts herself as mystical, majestic, and compassionate. Despite these women having different traits, they all share something in common. In the play, A Midsummer 's Night Dream, while Hermia, Helena, and Titania are very distinct from one another, they possess an identical weakness: Their love for the man of whom they desire. In the play, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Hermia is strong enough in spirit to disrupt Athenian law, due to her love for Lysander. In the beginning of the first act and scene Egeus, Hermia’s father, is upset with Hermia because she refuses to marry Demetrius. Of which she would have not done, if not for Lysander. Egeus complains about Lysander and Hermia to Theseus, "With cunning hast thou filched my daughter 's heart/Turned her obedience (which is due to me)/To stubborn harshness" (1.1.36-38). Egeus than asks permission to dispose of Hermia, if failure to marry Demetrius continues. Even after witnessing Egeus’ anger, Hermia still stands by her love for Lysander. Hermia confesses boldly: So will I grow, so live, so die my lord, /Ere I will yield my virgin patent up/ Unto his lordship…

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