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Comparing Romeo And Juliet 'And' A Midsummer Night's Dream

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Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream are both based on the same tragedy of Pyramus and Thisbe which explains why they are very much alike. Although Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy and A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a comedy, these two plays share many similarities such as the theme of power and control. Shakespeare develops the theme of power and control likewise in both Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream by displaying the character’s oblivion to the amount of power they obtain. In both Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream the parents force arranged marriages on their daughters thinking their girls will be docile. In Romeo and Juliet, Juliet’s father forces Juliet to marry Paris even though she loves Romeo and begs her father not to. Juliet, desperate, pretends to…show more content…
In Romeo and Juliet, Romeo and Juliet create several plans in order to try to be with each other but each step they took led closer and closer to their death. “The fearful passage of their death marked love”. Everything Romeo and Juliet did to try to defy their fate made things worse showing that they could never run away from their fate. In A Midsummer Night’s Dream the fairies had complete power over all the other characters. “In your waking shall be shown/ Jack shall have Jill/Nought shall go ill/The man shall have his mare again, and all shall be/ well” (Act 3; Sc 2;Lines 489-493). Lysander and Hermia plan to run away thinking they had the power to keep their love safe but Oberon and Robin were able to ruin the relationship between Lysander, Hermia, and even Helena and fix it again showing that they were more powerful. In both plays the characters thought they had the power to determine their future and make everything better but a higher figure stood in the way and showed
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