Toba Beta once said: "“Justice could be as blind as love.” Shakespeare 's play A Midsummer Night 's Dream captures the blind bias of both love and justice. Egeus, a respected nobleman in Athens, arranged for his daughter, Hermia, to marry nobleman Demetrius. Egeus tells his daughter that she must obey his wishes: if she does not, she can either choose to become a nun, or die. Hermia, much to her father 's dismay, is deeply in a mutual love with a different nobleman, Lysander. In addition, Hermia 's childhood best friend and Demetrius were in love prior to his sights turning towards Hermia. This crushed Helena, causing her to lose self-confidence, but still: she yearns for Demetrius 's reciprocated love. Lysander and Hermia are in love with each other. Egeus does not approve of his daughter 's chosen love. The couple wishes for Helena to be happy with Demetrius. …show more content…
Hermia and Lysander want to run away to stay together. While Egeus is trying to convince Hermia to marry Demetrius; Lysander objects, saying, "I am, my lord, as well deriv 'd as he, / As well possess 'd: My love is more than his . . . I am beloved of beauteous Hermia" (1.1.99-104). Lysander compares himself to Demetrius, saying that he is equal to him in every way. Lysander then points out that he has something Demetrius will never have, Hermia 's love. He makes it clear that the couple will do anything to be together. After Egeus denounces his daughters chosen love, Hermia talks to Lysander, agreeing to leave Athens with him in order to get away from the law code that allows marriage to be prohibited. To Lysander, Hermia says, "Keep word Lysander; we must starve our sight / from lovers ' food till morrow deep midnight" (1.1.221-223). Hermia says that both she and Lysander will do anything to be able to stay together, even flee their lives and all they have known. In addition to love, the lovers also run away together because Hermia 's father will only condone a marriage between her and
Various factors cause the lovers to run away together. Hermia and Lysander 's love causes them to leave Athens. While Egeus is trying to convince Hermia to marry Demetrius; Lysander objects, saying, "I am, my lord, as well deriv 'd as he, / As well possess 'd: My love is more than his . . . I am beloved of beauteous Hermia" (1.1.99-104).
Helena and Hermia used to have a platonic love, but because of Lysander and Demetrius loving Helena, not Hermia, they feel hatred towards each other. Puck 's confusion over who is Demetrius causes Lysander to fall in love with Helena. Oberon trying to fix Puck 's mistake causes Demetrius to love Helena, and Helena to be distressed. Using the love potion causes Hermia and Helena confusion. Oberon and Puck cause confusion by using the love potion too freely.
Egeus sets Hermia up for an arranged marriage with a man named Demetrius. However, Hermia is in love with a man named Lysander. Her father does not care that his daughter is in love. Egeus wants Hermia to marry Demetrius because Egeus wants to be linked through marriage with a highly ranked family. Egues has no regard for what his daughter's heart wants.
Odysseus and Penelope are in love since Odysseus won her hand in marriage by beating her father Icarius in a footrace. Hermia and Lysander have been in love since they were young. Another reason why these characters are in love is because they won’t give up for each other. Odysseus doesn’t give up for Penelope and tries to return home to her and Penelope doesn’t stop wishing for him to come home. These characters are all taking risks.
Hermia is audacious in that she will defy a person of virtuous authority and will take risks so she can get what she wants. First and foremost, she disobeyed her father when Theseus says Demetrius is a worthy gentlemen to marry. Hermia, without hesitation replies “so is Lysander” because she believes Lysander is as equally worthy of a gentlemen as Demetrius. This shocks Theseus because generally women in the 1600’s are submissive and were not allowed to speak without being given permission. His delayed response, was evidence of his shock.
“And though she be but little, she is fierce” -William Shakespeare. In today’s day and age, one of the greatest topics of debate is gender roles. It is evident everywhere, from cyberspace to the streets of home, from online petitions to marches across the country such as the Women’s March. Shakespeare lived in the Elizabethan Era of England, where Queen Elizabeth I, the virgin queen ruled.
Most of the time, when a person thinks they can control another person, they are mistaken. A Midsummer’s Night Dream by William Shakespeare is a play that demonstrates the subject of control. Several Characters in the play attempts to make another person do what they want. An example in the story is when a woman named Helena is tries to force a man named Demetrius to love her by chasing him in the woods trying to persuade him. At the end, Shakespeare makes the case that it is not possible to control another person’s actions, because the results are unwanted and tragic.
In the play A Midsummer’s Night Dream by William Shakespeare, many of the characters relentlessly pursue their goals in the face of illogical decisions, and, while fictional items such as the “love-in-idleness” flower are used to explain the character’s sudden love for each other, the play does illustrate how love and ambition can lead to unforeseen consequences. For example, when Puck accidently anointed Lysander’s eyes with the “love-in-idleness” juice, he started a chain of events leading to Lysander and Demetrius fighting over Helena while Hermia is treated as though she is worthless. Moreover, at one point, Lysander and Demetrius even threatened to duel each other when Lysander awoke after being anointed with the flower 's juice and said, "Where is Demetrius? O, how fit a word is that vile name to perish on my sword" (61). This shows how the character’s love for certain other characters, and their ambition to pursue said love, can lead to the destruction of previous relationships and lead them to make dangerous decisions.
Parental love and a regular man and woman relationship. The parental love is between Titania and her “Changeling child” she’s taking care of. This causes a lovers spat between her and Oberon who wanted the child. Hermia, Helena, Lysander, and Demetrius have a convoluted love square that changes many times in the course of Shakespeare’s play. In Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream, crazy love is a major theme.
“ I beg the ancient privilege of Athens: as she is mine, I may dispose of her, which shall either be with this fine gentleman (Demetrius) or to her death according to our law, immediately provided in that case” (1.1.45-48). Hermia wishes to marry her true love Lysander, who in turn loves her as well; however, even though he is as good a man as Demetrius, status-wise, Hermia’s father, Egeus, would rather kill her or turn her into a nun than let Hermia control her life. This practice was widely done by the Elizabethans. Daughters had no choice but to marry the man their father
Theseus and Hippolyta wake up Lysander, Hermia, Helena, and Demetrius because Hermia has to make her final decision. With the love juice on his eyelids still, Demetrius confesses that he no longer loves Hermia and wants Helena to be the love of his life. Theseus overrides Egeus’s wishes, and he says the three couples will have a triple wedding. After Theseus, Hippolyta, and Egeus leave, all of them are unclear what exactly happened. Helena even says, “And I have found Demetrius like a jewel,/mine own, and not mine own” (4.1.176-177).
The male characters in this play often feel uncomfortable when their female counterparts break gendered stereotypes. This is the same feeling that drove Theseus to war with the Amazons. An equally important woman is Hermia: Theseus and her father have in mind Demetrius for Hermia’s groom, yet she still refuses even after a small threat from Theseus, “Be advised, fair maid. To you, your father should be as a god” (1.1.47-48). Here in patriarchal Athens, fathers are the head households and hold influence over near-all decisions.
Act I, Scene i Theseus and Hippolyta were planning their wedding which was in four days. Hermia was willing to marry Lysander, but Egeus her father wanted her to marry Demetrius. So Hermia and Lysander plan to run away to the woods and elope, Then Helena chose to tell Demetrius that Hermia and Lysander plan to run away to the woods together and get married outside Athens. Demetrius used to specialize Helena from anyone else but now he doesn't. Helena is trying to send Demetrius after Hermia and Lysander to try to earn him back.
/ O, then, what graces in my love do dwell / That he hath turn'd a heaven unto a hell!'” which is a quote stated by Hermia; I think this quote is discussing what she think may happen to her if she follows her heart to marry Lysander she is unsure whether she will go to heaven or hell for the disobedient actions she has taken. So as you can see the love/hate triangle going on is very somewhat “Out of whack” There’s not much good coming out of how they feel about each other, definitely not a kind of relationship that I would enjoy getting deep into reading about, but I have to be honest this is a story filled with very eager and brave women who will go after what they want with no problem or scarce in their hearts(Sounds exactly like me)!