William Shakespeare 's A Midsummer Night 's Dream Essay

1042 Words Jun 1st, 2016 5 Pages
They say that it only takes thirty seconds to make a first impression. One of the four young lovers in Shakespeare 's A Midsummer Night 's Dream who gets caught up in fairy magic, Demetrius, is an Athenian man who is engaged to Hermia. However, she does not want anything to do with him. In the play, Oberon, the fairy king, instructs his helper Puck to apply magic love juice to Demetrius ' eyes. This causes him to fall madly in love with Helena, whom he eventually marries. The love potion brings out the best in Demetrius, but what kind of a man was he before the events in the forest took place?
Demetrius is not exactly a well-developed or complex character, but we can learn much about the play 's attitude toward love by thinking about his actions and behavior. When we meet Demetrius, he is busy insisting that Hermia should be legally forced to marry him, even though Hermia is not in love with him. Demetrius ' reasoning is that he made a deal with her father, Egeus, so marrying Hermia is his right. Demetrius says "Relent, sweet Hermia: and Lysander, yield thy crazed title to my certain right." (Act One, Scene One, Line 91) The quotation proves that Demetrius has a sense of entitlement, and feels that Lysander has a faulty claim on her. In the beginning, Lysander says "I am, my lord, as well derived as he, as well possess 'd; my love is more than his;" (Act One, Scene One, Line 95) He says that he and Demetrius are equals in every way. The only difference is that Lysander is…

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