Essay about Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

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Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare Midsummer Night’s Dream begins in the palace of Theseus, Duke of Athens. Theseus a mythical Greek hero is about to marry Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, a mythical race of women-warriors. Hermia’s father, Egeus, comes before the Duke to ask that she be punished by law for disobeying him. Hermia wants to marry Lysander and Egeus wants her to marry Demetrius. The law he asks to be invoked provides that she die or enter a nunnery if she doesn’t obey her father. We learn that Demetrius, hermia’s father’s choice, has abandoned Helena. Helena still loves her unfaithful Demetrius. Lysander and Hermia plan to elope. They tell Helena, who says she’ll tell Demetrius. All four lovers will…show more content…
1, 76-81). That was when he was still under the influence of the fairies, an influence which passed away before the period of his life presented in the play. Here we see him as a soldier and a man of action, who wooed his wife with his sword, and `won her love doing her injuries’, and who in times of peace loved to hear the music of his hounds. His career has been one of conquest (Act V, Sc. 1, 51, 93-100), his triumphs have been celebrated in set orations prepared by great scholars who have `shivered and looked pale’ in the presence of so famous of a soldier. But he, being a man of action rather than of words, who could appreciate any service done him `when simpleness and duty tender it’, has a preference for `the modesty of fearful duty’ rather than for the rattling tongue of saucy and audacious eloquence (Act V, Sc. 1, 102). His love for Hippolyta is no romantic passion like the loves of his young Athenian friends. Indeed, although he makes love at the beginning of the play in a dignified and stately fashion, we find him later comparing together `the lunatic, the lover and the poet,’ apparently without any idea of including himself in his description (Act V, Sc. 1, 7-20). He is certainly not unimaginative, but he keeps his imagination well under control and therein differs from those who `are of imagination all compact’. He cannot believe in the visions and dreams of the
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