A Midsummer Nights Dream By William Shakespeare

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Shakespeare presents the male characters within the play as either being fickle or faithful, he does this using many techniques. By putting each male character under a situation can express both their faithfulness and their fickleness, also by giving evidence to represent how they are either fickle and faithful allows us as a reader to figure it out at our own accord.

Theseus can be described as faithful but with elements of fickle, character within A Midsummer Nights dream. It has been said by Shirley Nelson Garner, a critic that “Theseus remains a ‘lover-and-leaver of women’, who having abducted Hippolyta, naturally sympathises with Egues’ desire to force Hermia into marriage with Demetrius”. It is clear to the audience that Theseus wishes to love and respect Hippolyta, “I wooed thee with my sword, and won thy love doing thee injuries, but will wed thee in another key”. He switches from being a man in battle who defeated Hippolyta, to loving her and on the verge of marrying her. However, feminists may argue that this shows his fickle side, as ‘Theseus is the ruler of Athens and therefore a domineering male who thinks that he can legitimise his violence with a display of love and companionship’.

Egeus is another strong male character within the play, however some critics may argue that ‘he is just a stock character of comedy due to his self-righteousness and his ridiculous demands’. Egeus is clearly fickle to his daughter, due to the simple fact of not letting her marry…
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