The Death Of Theseus And Hippolyta Essay

2063 Words Dec 17th, 2016 9 Pages
Set in the age of antiquity in Athens, Theseus, King of Athens, prepares to marry Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, in a four-day ceremony. All is going smoothly when Egeus appears at the court of Theseus with a conflict between him and his daughter, Hermia. The problem is that Hermia is in love with Lysander, but Egeus wants her to marry Demetrius. After Hermia’s options are given by Theseus, her and Lysander decide to run away into the mischievous woods outside Athens. This causes Demetrius to pursue them along with Helena, his ex-lover, at his heels. In the woods, the fairy couple, Oberon and Titania, are in a feud over a changeling Indian boy, while a group of Athenian craftsmen practice for a play that they will perform at the wedding of Theseus and Hippolyta. After a struggle to locate each other and interference from supernatural fairy influence, the four Athenian lovers have their complicated love dynamic twisted, skewed, and yet, eventually resolved before the final ceremony of Theseus and Hippolyta’s wedding. Shakespeare systematically and effectively strips down and gives depth to elements of the play to support the concept of love’s difficulty and the ability that love has to make people irrational. In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare uses the actions of characters, along with numerous literary devices such as figurative language, tone, and diction to develop the idea that the quest for love has the potential to make people unreasonable and illogical.…

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