Comparing Batista And Egeus A Midsummer Night's Dream

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Amit Kalantri, author of Wealth of Words once wrote, “Parents expect only two things from their children, obedience in their childhood and respect in their adulthood” (Daughters). Parents vary on their own understanding of their children and respecting their children’s wishes. In Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the two fathers in the plays most certainly want the obedience and respect from their children, but do little to return the respect back to their daughters when it comes to their daughters’ marriages. The two fathers in The Taming of the Shrew and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Batista and Egeus, are two characters who cause the pursuits of their daughters in both of their respected plays. They are faced…show more content…
Batista and Egeus both have a hand in the marriages of their daughters, but vary on the decision of whom should marry their daughters specifically. Both Batista and Egeus ignore their daughters when their daughters want to have a voice in who they marry. Unlike Egeus’s lack of involvement throughout the play, Batista is quite presence in his play and has a hand in the marriages of his daughters. At the end of the play, Batista accepts his daughters’ marriages, whereas, Egeus needs more persuasion by Theseus to accept the marriage of Hermia. The parallels between both Batista and Egeus show the similarities of the two fathers over their concern for their daughters’ futures. Although these two characters share similar characteristics with each other and appear to have the same roles in their two respective plays, Batista and Egeus have distinctive differences that make them two different characters, proving that although two characters can appear to be the same, their differences is what prove they are not as similar as they can
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