Manipulation In A Midsummer Night's Dream Analysis

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Control can get out of hand when given to one single human being and can create major egregious problems to others. An infamous example is how Adolf Hitler attempted and almost succeeded to eliminate the entire Jewish population because he believed they were an inferior race. In Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, the characters constantly try to control each other for the sake of who they love, to gain control over people’s lives, as well as the sole idea of revenge. A vital point in, A Midsummer Night's Dream is using control along with manipulation to gain love. Helena attempts to control Demetrius by betraying her friends in hopes that he would fall for her. Routinely, Helena tries to gain Demetrius’s love for instance, when she asserts, “Stay though thou kill me, sweet Demetrius!”(Shakespeare.86.1.70). Demetrius then responds with, “I change thee hence, and do not haunt me thus” (Shakespeare.87.1.70). Despite him being…show more content…
An example of this would be when Hermia’s father tries to control her life by choosing who she will marry. Egeus, (Hermia’s father) displays this by telling Hermia, “Which shall be either to this gentleman, or to her (Hermia) death, according to our law”(Shakespeare.45.1.22). People enforce control, notably if it’s a threat to themselves or to someone they love. Which in Hermia’s situation is her life. Another way people use control is for revenge. For instance, Oberon tricks Titania, his wife, to get revenge on her for stealing the Indian baby. While Titania is asleep, he tricks her by saying, “What thou seest when thou dost wake, Do it for thy love take; Love and languish for his sake. Be it ounce,or cat, or bear, Pard, or boar with bristled hair, In thy eye that shall appear” (Shakespeare.20.2.66). People use revenge as a source of control to get back at someone for “wronging” them. By controlling who she loves, Oberon now has the power to get revenge on
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